Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Voices in My Head

I've been beyond busy with the LASR website the past few days and haven't been able to write. My sanity is paying the price...

I can't stop thinking about "Drive Me Crazy". I constantly have snippets of dialogue, scene ideas, little movies (my heroine now has a pair of box turtles: Frank and Jessie ... don't know how these suckers are going to figure in, but gotta go with what the voices tell me) and more. It won't leave me alone. I was absolutely exhausted when I went to bed last night, and yet... 45 mins later, the story was still rattling around in my brain, keeping me awake (mostly because I really like some of the ideas that were popping in there and was terrified I'd forget them by morning, but was so tired I didn't want to get up to write them down).

Today, busy or not (and I KNOW I'm going to be busy, oy), I have to write... I have to let some of this stuff leak out or my head might just explode.

I think being an author is just another word for schizophrenia.


I think I've found a moderately humane way to kill my voles AND not risk my dog at the same time. Hopefully, if I'm clever enough, it won't get the chipmunks either.

Vitamin D overdose.

Yep... that's right. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and will accumulate in your body. It takes a lot to overdose a human (or a larger dog), but not so much for a three ounce rodent. It causes a calcium deficiency and the critter just loses all desire to live. I'm hoping it's a little less painful than an anti-coagulant (which is what most rat/mouse poisons are... you just bleed to death internally over a period of about 5 days, ick).

Anyway, if you're interested, here is the "recipe":

1/2 cup peanut butter
3 crushed vitamin D tablets
Roll in oats, place inside a 2 inch cardboard tube and bury in a tunnel or where damage is occurring. This creates a calcium deficiency and so our unfavorable rodents perish!

I'm actually going to use something sturdier than cardboard so that things larger than voles can't chew through it easily. I really want to do my best to specifically target the animal I want. I don't like collateral damage.

If it stops raining today, I'm going to give it a go.


You Think Concretely

Your brain works best when you are able to see or visualize what you're thinking about.

You have an both an eye for detail and for the big picture. You study things carefully.

You are in tune with all of your senses, and you think better with a clean workspace.

You are open to all sorts of input. You are a free thinker who lives in the now.

Mostly right... but that part about a clean workspace? Um... no. I subscribe to the "a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind" train of thought.



Dru said...

I think it's great that "Drive Me Crazy" is running around in your head. That tells me the story is ready to be put to paper and expanded.

Will the vole eat through the cardboard tube to get to the rolled oats if you use something sturdier?

You Think Objectively

Your brain works best when you are able to think in steps.

You like procedures and routines. You are good at staying focused and on task.

You excel at developing workable solutions to difficult problems. You simply look at the facts.

You have an excellent memory, and you are a quick thinker. You can sort out what's important from what's not.
mostly true except for the memory.

I'm one of the people who can't work with a messy desk or workspace. People think I'm not busy when they see my space, but I really am, it just looks neat.

Have a good Tuesday.

Keri Mikulski said...

Love it that 'Drive Me Crazy' is spinning around in your noggin. :) What a great title.

Ceri Hebert said...

I'm sad for the voles, but unless you can train them to stay out of your yard, what can you do? Better than the other ways to do them in.

So, Drive Me Crazy is Driving You Crazy. Good! I love when I'm fixated on a manuscript.

Amy said...

I think being an author is just another word for schizophrenia.

That sounds about right.

groovyoldlady said...

Being the thorough reader that I am, I skipped right from you being schizo to the vitamin D overdose and thought that THAT was what was keeping you awake because vitamin causes you to hear voices.

Sheesh. See how rumors get started?

Brandy said...

I like your take on being a writer. *G* According to the quiz I think Objectively. Sounds about right. I love order and process. *G*

I'm sorry you're going to have to resort to such measures to get rid of the voles. I hope this way is humane and not harmful to the other animals around your home.

I also hope you had a pleasant day!

Caffey said...

Hi Marianne! I just learned a whole lot here :)

This fits me on how I think:

You Think Emotionally
Your brain works best when you are able to really get passionate about something.
You like to feel connected to whatever project you are working on. You crave meaning.

You work to bring people together, and you're always thinking of a way to compromise.
You believe that the only way to get things done is to have everyone in harmony.