Camp NaNoWriMo: Taken by the Plague

27 Apr

I cannot believe I haven’t posted updates in the last few days. Well, I suppose I can. Thursday it completely slipped my mind and Friday I fell asleep. No excuses and all that, but here’s mine: I have the Plague.

The Plague is a special kind of infection that you get from working with children. This is the second time I’ve had the Plague in just about as many months, and it involves a horribly stuffy nose, sore throat, achy bones, and all that lovely stuff you get with normal colds. But it comes with a heaping side of exhaustion.

It is my theory that the children in question are able to leech all energy from you after giving you the Plague. It is some sort of coping device. They then use this energy to be that much faster, louder, and more difficult, while laughing at you as you shuffle after them, picking up legos and cleaning the crayon and avocado off the walls as you go, and by the time you’ve reached their room where you thought they were jumping on the bed and relieving the pillows of their unnatural feathery growths, they’re back in the kitchen relieving the drawers of all the newly organized tupperware, cackling.

That was a round about way of saying, I don’t even remember yesterday and today I napped for five hours after getting home from a half day at work.

I did not NaNo yesterday and I did not NaNo today. I have eight thousand words left and three days to write it in–plus the tail end of one TIFO article and one more before the month is out. I’m not too worried as I’ve come up with a few more things that can happen that I think will get me some more words. But I am NOT pleased with myself! I don’t think this has ever happened before…

Pretty sure I’m being punished for not doing my TIFO articles on Wednesday like I was supposed to. Oops. Either that, or the various stresses of the month have finally caught up to me in one big congested mess.

Or it was simply time to sacrifice another carer to the Plague God. And the Child knew. He always knows…

(Tomorrow should see a return to your regularly scheduled programming. That is, it will see a return to me playing MASSIVE catch-up!)

Word Count: 42,000
Days Remaining: 3
Needed Daily Word Count: 2667


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