Wednesday, January 25, 2012

25 Days Without Nicotine...on the wall?

I feel like singing. Singing something silly like "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." Except I want to change the lyrics to go with "25 days without nicotine" to celebrate nearly three weeks smoke free. I still think about cigarettes, but not too much. Outside waiting for my ride today, everyone around me smoked and I got a heavy dose of second-hand smoke. It still wasn't too bad. I remember wondering if I would smell like cigarettes, and hoped I didn't. The cigarette smoke doesn't smell terrible to me like I figured it would by now. Been working on my novel most of the day while not in class. It's coming along, s-l-o-w-l-y but surely. Right now, I am doing a lot of write/revising as I go along. Instead of free flow, stream of consciousness writing, I am laboring over word placement, usage, diction, blah blah blah. I'm just trying to accept it (for now) as less work I'll need to do later.
Last night, my novel writing class professor likened what he's read of my novel so far as being written in the styles of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller. I was touched, moved, tickled and honored. I admire both of them very much. I actually chatted with Joseph Heller online several years back. He was fun to talk to -- dark, sad, depressed but clever and kind. If I could only write half as well as he did, I'd be thrilled.


Heather said...

It's been years since I had a smoke and I never was 100% addicted (quit before it got to that) but I still think about having one from time to time. Silly isn't it. Congrats on making it so far!!

Ginger said...

Thanks, Heather. I smoked for over 40 years!! Those nasty things hold such a power over us humans, don't they? I've heard lots of people say they think about having one, even when they were never addicted, so you're in good company. My own mother only smoked when she was really, really angry. She'd puff ineffectually (us kids would laugh at her behind her back) and then smash the butt out in her applesauce right on her plate. Eww! lol

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