Vacationing with the Flu, A Walking Dead Marathon, and My Deathbed Muse

Posted March 16, 2014 by kcklein in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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I went on vacation a few weeks ago to visit my family in Palm Springs. We’re close enough that it’s only a four hour drive, and with my kids being a little older the trip is pretty easy. We had a good weekend: ate too much, slept in, and lounged by the pool. All pretty low stress, except for one by one everyone came down with a twenty-four bug.

I thought I was going to be immune—washed my hands a lot, didn’t kiss anyone, kept to my own bathroom—but no. The day we were scheduled to drive home I woke knowing I was in trouble.

Those four hours spent huddled in a fetal position in the front seat of my car were very long.

I’ve never been so glad to see home, and most importantly my bed, in a very long time. Fortunately, my kids waited to get sick until we pulled up into the garage. (Can anyone say daddy’s turn?)

Very tragic. I might be scarred for life. Needless to say, I had to spend the next few days recovering, which for me very closely resembles a couch potato. I never watch TV. Okay, almost never, but I made up for it big time. My brother has been on me to watch the TV show, The Walking Dead.

"The Walking Dead"

Not for me, I said. Not really a zombie fan, but Netflix now has both season 1 and 2 available, and don’t you know I watched all twenty-plus episodes back to back. Zombies may not be sexy, but Andrew Lincoln who plays Rick Grimes sure is. Talk about blue eyes you can just fall into. I love heroic characters that are put to the test and made to question if they’re really good guys or not. The Walking Dead has that kind of conflict in spades. So now I am an avid fan which means I have one more thing to take me away from what I really should be doing… writing my next book.

It has been two weeks since my fateful, stomach-churning, ride across the desert and the writing bug hasn’t bit, not once. I don’t know if the flu killed off my muse or if it was me, working day and night, up against a deadline that had anything to do with it. All I know is, I’ve got to find my inner writing goddess soon, or I’d better start looking for a new career. Does anyone have some ideas on how to get your mojo back? I would love to hear them.

I haven’t been completely lazy. I transferred my website to a wordpress site so I could update the contents more easily. Since I’m not a professional, I simplified the design. The site’s still a work in progress, so please go check it out Any feedback would be appreciated.

What’s new with you? Give me an update on your life. Everyone staying healthy? Any suggestions on whipping your muse back into gear?

Until next time…

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