Cocktails Are Go!

I have a headache. Not the usual lord-it’s-my-turn-post, what-the-heck-am-I-going-to-write-about headache, but a HEADACHE headache.

As in, I went out last night to see Jane Lockwood and Colette Gale read from their respective works last night and had a few cocktails headache. Ouch. Remind me not to make that a habit, it’s painful.

Anyway, although I am not generally a fan of listening to people read aloud, I really enjoyed what I heard; Jane’s book, for example, has some really funny parts that would probably get lost in the reading if it were just me and my old inside-head reading voice and not Jane’s delicious British accent. And Colette imbued her much more serious reading with a stark intensity that matched the mood of the book.

So, yeah, it was fun. And drinks were had. And the best part, of course, was hanging out with other authors.

Today, I have to take that inspiring feeling of camaraderie and sit down by myself at the keyboard and continue writing. A solitary endeavor, yes, but I’ve got virtual support all over the darn place. So headache and all, I am going to knock out some pages so I can feel proud to belong to such great groups as the Riskies, the community of authors, and women who don’t mind saying naughty words in public.

I have no witty questions to ask (remember the headache thing, above?); just a ‘thank you’ the community we’ve gathered here, and it’s fabulous having such great friends. And, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just go be lying down for a little bit.


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Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
14 years ago

I too am in the “had too many cocktails” headache territory today too. Next time I’ll just stick to wine, but it was fun!

Cara King
14 years ago

Glad you guys had fun! Though I’m sorry your fun yesterday is trying to dampen your fun today…

And headaches are the worst. Unless one is nauseated, and then nausea is the worst…but if one has a headache, then headaches are definitely the worst.

In any case, both are a lot worse than, say, a painful knee.

Hope you feel better soon!


Megan Frampton
14 years ago

Thanks, Cara, I had some hangover food (nuts and cheese) and am feeling better.

I do think nausea is worse then headaches, for sure. And back pain is the absolute worsest, for me, at least.

Elena Greene
14 years ago

Glad the reading went well but sympathies on the headache, Megan! I’ve got one too but not for such a fun reason, sigh.

Don’t push too hard on the writing. I’ve found when I try to write with a headache my bad prose depresses me. I find it’s better to take care of myself. Once I feel better the writing picks up too. Anyone else find that if you are tired or cranky so are your characters? Can be very bad when heading into a sex scene!

Diane Gaston
14 years ago

Headache, schemdache, did Gerard Butler show up?
(I’m really sorry you suffered, but you understand, I envy such a great evening)

Megan Frampton
14 years ago

No Gerard, sadly. Our bartender was super-cute, though (and gave me a free drink which catapulted me over the inebriated edge).

And Elena, good point on the writing, and I actually was writing a sex scene, but it worked out all right, despite my severe grumpiness. I channeled that all into their intensity in the moment.

14 years ago

Elena wrote:

Anyone else find that if you are tired or cranky so are your characters? Can be very bad when heading into a sex scene!

Brad crushed Amelia against his hard, muscled chest, his fingers savoring the softness of her skin. He breathed deeply; the scent of her hair, the faint hint of perfume, intoxicated him.

“Darling,” he rasped. “I need you. I need you now.”

Amelia looked up at him, her eyes full of frustrated desire.

“I need you, too,” she groaned. “But not tonight–the author has a headache!”


Diane Gaston
14 years ago

Todd, you are seriously funny!!!

Elena Greene
14 years ago

LOL, Todd! And now am thinking of the names Brad and Amelia for my next Regency couple. 🙂