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Excerpt from my IndyWriMo

Excerpt: Justified Means? (working title)

I take a sip of water from the tube fitted at the head of my bed. Slowly but surely I am becoming able to move as I reach for the pain medication syringe and gas-inject it into my neck. Grabbing my book from the bedside cabinet I read for a few minutes while my body gets used to the idea that the pain has gone for now before I slowly sit myself up on the bed and transfer to the wheelchair. Luckily I sleep without clothes on in these days of environmentally controlled homes and so, once I manage to get into the chair, all I need to do is to gather some clean clothes together before I make my way to the bathroom and pull myself up out of the chair using the wet-room grab bars. Once I am vertical and stable, the jets of the insta-shower can lather, wash and rinse me as I just stand there gripping the grab-bar for all I am worth. I am sure that showering used to be much more exhausting for people with multiple sclerosis back in my grandparents’ day. My great uncle Rebus had the same chronic disease and, back in those days, there was not even as many treatments as there are today. As I stand there starting to dry off as the insta-shower switches to the warm air drying jets, I am feeling immensely grateful for invention, progress and current medical understanding.

What do people think?

/ 30,000 words for IndyWriMo
Chart of my IndyWriMo Progress, 2009

crossposted to natf and natnowrimos


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 7th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Like the description.
Nov. 7th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! 7k+ words now! I am glad that I decided to opt for a 30k target instead of the 50k. If I overachieve, all the better! ;-p
Nov. 7th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Do you have any thoughts about what you think about me maybe crowd-funding a web publication of this, maybe? (See my comment below).
Nov. 7th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Will you be posting the entire story on your LJ? I would like to read more!
Nov. 7th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I have not decided yet but I won't if I decide to pursue publishing because publishers consider posting on the web = already published (even if flocked).
Nov. 7th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, good thinking. I never thought that if you post on a blog that it's considered published.
Nov. 7th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
It does depend on the publisher according to my published writer friends but I would rather not risk it, even if this ends up not being a particularly good story. Then again, two of you have now said that you'd like to read more and so, you never know!
Nov. 7th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
I have just had another idea. I could make it crowd funded, once it is past the first draft stage. i.e. I could post a chapter if I get £x in donations and so on. Otherwise I could post it and hope people donate (but, to be honest, expect that people don't). Or I could sell it as an eBook/PDF - on etsy or folksy, even. If not the latter I would at least post the first chapter/section for free and see how it went from there. Any thoughts about this?
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
This is certainly a facet of SF that doesn't get much traffic. Go for it.
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