Writing and coffee. Has a nice, cuddly ring to it, yes? I picture a rainy day, a steaming mug, a scribe leaning back and conjuring up the perfect metaphor, a fresh pot dripping away in the kitchen. Facebook likes coffee, too. Guaranteed, I could post pointed arguments in defense of the serial comma, diatribes about social issues, and reams of inspirational quotes, but what gets the most traffic? “Two days without coffee and I’m still alive!”
So what happens when a three-cup-a-day habit stops cold turkey? Some pretty rotten stuff, as it turns out. When I started having weird symptoms, I searched the web for “caffeine withdrawal.” Yes, it does exist. Some want it entered into the DMS as a diagnosable mental condition. But I’m choosing to look beyond that to the benefits I hope to gain from a decaffeinated lifestyle.
I’m trying to stop the crash. For the last six months or so, I’ve started nodding off every afternoon at about three or four o’clock. Literally, if there were not a computer monitor in my path, my head would thump straight over onto the desk. A few days a week, that’s about the time I’m driving home. An inquiry with my doctor earned me a lifted brow and one sentence: “Try cutting out the coffee.”
That’s what I’m doing. I know that the withdrawal is a temporary condition, but I’m not nodding off anymore. To the driving citizens of the mid-Hudson Valley, you’re welcome.
On to other news:
Drawing Breath has had a pretty good week. It began with an e-mail letting me know the book won a finalist medal in the Indie Next Generation Indie Book Awards. With two awards now, I’m quite proud of my little book-child.
If you’d like to pick up a copy, the May fundraiser is still on. All royalties from sales of Drawing Breath this month will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More details here. I’ll probably post a running count mid-month to see how we’re doing, unless it’s terribly embarrassing.
The IndieView posted an interview with me where we talk about Don’t Tell Anyone, writing, publishing, and how I shopped for my husband.
Speaking of Don’t Tell Anyone, I’ve entered it in two small contests. One is the “Spring Pitch” contest by Underground Book Reviews, one of the more high-profile review sites that specialize in indie books. My pitch will be on their Facebook page for the month. The pitch that gets the most likes wins a bit of money and a review. The second is running on Oprah’s Life Class page. Look for the bookmarked post titled “Are you the author of an ‘inspirational’ book?” If you feel inspired to swing me a “like,” I’d be most appreciative.
Well, now I’m inspired to work on my next novel. Yes, there is life after a WIP kicks the bucket. Enjoy your day!
My sister is a coffee addict. I’m lucky. I can have one or two a day, be fine, and skip a day and still be fine. Thank goodness, because I do love a good cuppa.
I do, too, Yvonne. But I’ll be better off with a good cuppa decaf.
The news about “Drawing Breath” is great! That is such a good, unique, and well-written book that I deserves any attention it gets and then some. Good luck kicking coffee, and I’m looking forward to your next book.
Thank you, Erin! 😀 😀 😀
I’m good with my one giant cup every morning, but if I even go two days with drinking an extra cup, I will get a headache when I cut my intake back down. I simply can’t imagine not being able to start my day with coffee 😉
I thought I couldn’t either, Jeri. Some of it is a comforting habit for me: a hot cup of something first thing in the morning.
The only time I’ve ever had migraines was when I was drinking a lot of coffee in order to stay awake during an overnight newswriting shift. The headaches would come on my days off, when I didn’t have any coffee. It took me awhile (I blame sleep deprivation), but I finally figured out what the problem was and got myself off caffeine. Wish I’d *stayed* off it. 😦
I don’t crash when I drink half-caff (but don’t get the fun buzz, either), so it’s a happy medium. Or a medium, anyway. Good luck with your experiment.
So happy Drawing Breath is getting its due. It’s such a wonderful story.
Thank you, Jen! Still working on the experiment. I feel crappy at the moment, but I’m not falling asleep. As my stepfather used to say, “All in the fullness of time.”
Hey Laurie – Carm here (this is my top secret blog – full of the Carm-loving stuff you got to know and love at PNN, only a little more sassier and perhaps more profanity). I’m proud of you for cutting out the coffee. Back in May of 2012, I bought the kindle version of your book “Drawing Breath”..and for some reason, I have a hard time reading e-books. I think I like the romance of the turning page. I’ve decided that this weekend, I will venture into your world and hopefully complete reading it and write an amazing review for you. Keep up all the amazing work. You’re the best!
Aw, Carmy, thank you! 😀 Your new blog sounds Carmalicious!
I’ve had to cut down my coffee intake for other reasons but I remember one holiday many years ago when someone forgot to bring the coffee. Massive headache. 😦 These days the thing that makes me nod off is carbs. A sandwich for lunch [the most boring meal of the day] and soon after I’m struggling to keep my eyes open. Did some research on the net and now I’m worried I might be getting insulin resistant. Poop.
Feh! I hope not. Can they do a blood test for that?
I get all the standard tests, including for diabetes, regularly and nothing has ever come up so… maybe I’m just getting old?
I am SO sure that I would change doctors! My solution to the 3 pm nods? More coffee, of course. LOL.