Stuff and Things. Things and Stuff.

Stuff and Things. Things and Stuff.

Have you ever tried to eat chicken noodle soup when the entire lower right quadrant of your face is numb from dental work? It’s not easy. If this post feels sort of brothy, now you know why.

You might be wondering why I’m trying to eat soup and blog at the same time. The reason for that is simple: I have about 20 minutes to do both, and not eating isn’t an option because I might starve to death if I don’t do this right now. I have to go to the grocery store when I’m done here and I don’t want to go there hungry, so here we are. It’s particularly important this week since my dental depression will likely lead me to buy something I know I shouldn’t and if I’m hungry it will only be worse.

Perhaps now you are concerned about my oral health. It’s fine. Well, fine-ish, I guess. I had some exposed root. My dentist is pretty cool in that he will let me put off work that isn’t 100% necessary right this minute because he understands my extreme dental phobia. Today’s work was done to prevent “something major in the future.” This tactic usually works with me because going for a cleaning had me in the throes of a vomiting panic attack on Tuesday and I’m fairly certain that “something major” will cause me to panic to death. Please don’t ask me why. I know it’s crazy and that it doesn’t hurt that much and all that stuff, but whatever, I still puke about going to the dentist.

You may also be wondering where I’ve been. I didn’t want to let all of March go by without a post, so this is it. I have a few things lined up for April but I wanted to at least offer you up an explanation.

I have been writing, but it’s been almost all for the book. I’m determined, you guys. There’s still a lot of work to do, but I’m making steady progress which is very different than the progress I was making before. I’d call that progress intermittent at best, which is code for I wasn’t really writing all that much. I have several large blocks of time carved out in April exclusively for writing, so I’m hoping to make a really huge dent in things by the end of the month. Oh! And I have a new working title which is still a secret while I continue to work, but I think it’s a pretty good one. We’ll see.

So you’ll see stuff here next month, and I’ll be writing a bunch you won’t see for a long time (hopefully not for TOO long!), and you can also catch me weekly at yeah write. Every Tuesday I write a post to open our weekly nonfiction writing challenge. There’s also a fiction challenge and our newest thing, the gargleblaster, where you need to answer the prompt question in exactly 42 words. It’s fun stuff and good times, so I urge you to check us out. Unless of course you’re here from the moonshine grid (the weekend almost-free-for-all for those of you who are not visiting from there oh my goodness this is getting complicated), then you already know about yeah write, so hi!

Since I can’t always guarantee the frequency of my posts here, can I make a suggestion? How about you subscribe via email. It’s up in the sidebar, you just put your email address in there and you’ll get a notification when I post something. I don’t want you to miss anything in case I say something important.

I have to run for now. I was still hungry so I tried to eat a jelly doughnut. You’d think that would be easier than the soup that was dripping out of my head, but you’d be wrong. Jelly and powdered sugar everywhere. I need to go change my clothes and wash my face.

12 Responses to “Stuff and Things. Things and Stuff.”

  1. I don’t eat while typing. Well, okay, sometimes I do, but I try not to do so. I’m a klutz, and I fear the obvious. That said, I almost always have a coffee while typing. I’ve been lucky so far. *knocks on wood*

    Glad to see an update!

    • michellelongo says:

      I’m pretty good at the bite-type-bite-type thing, but soup is really rough! And coffee, yes, definitely. Otherwise everything I typed would just be whatever keys my head landed on when I faceplanted.

  2. Vanessa D. says:

    I often eat while typing – then when it’s time to clean the crumbs out of the keyboard get completely grossed out and claim I’ll never do it again.

    If you try to suck through a straw while your face is frozen you can make some really ridiculous faces.

    • michellelongo says:

      I’m jealous of the people who have time to type and eat separately. Someday maybe :)

      I love when I suck through the straw and then it just falls out the numb side. That’s fun. It’s almost all not numb now, so now it just all hurts.

  3. Stacie says:

    Everything you say is important, right? So happy about the book progress! Now I’m dying to know the draft title. Glad you survived the dentist too. I don’t want you dead.

    • michellelongo says:

      I think everything I say is important, but I think more than a few people would disagree. I’m glad you don’t want me dead. That’s nice to hear 😉 I was writing the other night and I wrote a sentence that jumped out at me and I was all yes! that’s it! We’ll see if it sticks. Then I’ll tell you.

  4. Larks says:

    Glad to hear you’re making progress on the book! And now I’m all curious about this gargleblaster situation…

  5. aishasoasis says:

    lol soup doesn’t get any easier through a straw, either, when you’re numb like that! Best wishes on the book!

    • michellelongo says:

      Admittedly, I have trouble eating soup without making a mess when my face isn’t numb. I think it was your post that had the bit about eating a crumb cake with no napkin. Forget it, I’d fail that every time on my best of days!

  6. I need to do that. Set aside time specifically for writing the book, I mean. I still blog regularly, but at the expense of the writing that will hopefully turn into a book someday…
    May I just say this was inspiring? I needed this.

    • michellelongo says:

      Well, then, I’m glad I could help! I’m actually taking a few vacation days from work this month to write and I’ll be writing while my husband travels. I’m looking forward to having the focused and dedicated time. It’s hard to come by. Good luck with yours!

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