Sorry. That was one of my dad's lame jokes - a batty book title like Falling Body by Eileen Dover, or Heap in the Road by G.G. Donnit. It isn't funny. The only link with anything bookish I can come up with at present and being sick obviously brings out the infantile and trivial side of my nature. (Never very deeply hidden, I'm afraid.)
Frankly, you aren't going to get very much sense out of me this morning: I feel like a toxic waste dump and have been awake with a high temperature and severe aches since 3a.m.. I wrote several blog entries and book reviews and a book proposal in my head, but don't seem to be able to remember much about them this morning.
Was wondering why my energy levels have been horribly sagging over the past few days and put it down to my advanced age and the slow creep of decrepitude. (Ha ha!)
Yesterday I bumped into Marisa, my editor for Chrome when I was to buying emergency rations for my six starving cats (and in the interests of New Zealand rainforests purchased tins of possum and vegetable). I owe Marisa articles. I owe everybody articles! I almost wept on sweet, kind Marisa's shoulder, - everything seems so much of an effort. This in a week where I'd vowed I'd definitely get back into being a gym bunny and stepboard diva.
I'm actually relieved it's flu*. I don't mind it, actually. I will sit in my favourite chair and read without guilt. (Have finally got round to Shirley Lim's Sister Swing and am enjoying it.) I will eat blueberries for breakfast and my home-made wild mushroom soup for lunch.
And I will fortify myself with panadol and teach my creative writing class tonight. After a teacher-training career haranging my students for taking time off teaching for mild nuisances like period pains (the girls, that is, I didn't let the boys try that one on) I feel obliged to suffer stoicly myself. And my participants will be doing all the hard work anyway: I can just sit back and enjoy their stories!
*A pendantic note on Malaysian English. Malaysian speakers tend to refer to any sniffle as "flu", and to influenza as "a fever". There is a difference!