Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[cancer|writing] This is my brain on chemo

Wrote for about 90 minutes today. Which is to say, editorial discussion with calendula_witch about some revision issues in Our Lady of the Islands, then a whole bunch of editing, as well as some incidental research. (Such as learning what a trepang is.)

Had a discussion with Herself on the way home from the airport concerning my current mental deficiencies, courtesy of chemotherapy. Somewhat to my surprise, my reasoning ability seems as strong as ever, or nearly so, as does my creativity. My short-term memory is sucking wind, as is my longer term memory for things which aren't usually of immediate importance to me — ie, retrieval of obscure details. So I forget to do stuff, and I can't remember a lot of things that are normally at my mental fingertips.

(And here writing this, I just said to calendula_witch, "It was short-term memory, and what else I can't do?" Whereupon she laughed at me as she supplied the answer. Sigh.)

Ok, if this pattern holds, I'll take it. I can make a lot of notes, and look stuff up that I would normally already know. It's making me a bit crazy, but not nearly so crazy as simply being unable to think would do.

Tags: books, calendula, cancer, health, our lady, writing
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