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  • I am down with a virus I seem to get every October.

    My body is more painful than usual and my brain is muzzy. I cannot concentrate on editing or giving feedback.

    What do I do when I am feeling like this?

    I tidy the house. I have to be either slightly drunk or have a thick fluey head before I feel I can carry out my most challenging chore- tidying up my photos

    and paperwork.

    Why does tidying make me panic?

    I don't know.

    I suppose it has to do with making decisions about what to throw away and where to file my stories, poems and course notes. Everything I have written

    even if it is a scrap of paper with doodles all over it; I feel that to destroy it would be a disaster. What if I was in the middle of a story and I needed that bit

    of paper?

    I have recycled all my old newspapers and now I am sitting down for my favourite pastime reading my Cowbird friends stories.

    Perhaps, if am ill long enough, my dining room will look tidy enough to invite family for dinner.
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