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03 November 2013 @ 02:13 am
Nanoo Nanoo  
Start Point: 11,781
Yesterday: 13,012
Today: 13,651
Today's total: 639, plus 1482 deleted words. So sort of 2121, except that I nearly chucked as many already-written bits as I added new. Oh dear.

Helps:
Portuguese custard tarts from the school fete

Hindrances:
Writing 900 words on a garden story. Which don't count for this.

Plus, OW OW OW OW OW MY SHOULDERS! Standard Day After Accident ache from wreching them trying to keep the bike up. Idiotically went to a massage therapist who was not the one I usually see, now I have yet more bruises. AND he spent time telling me how much he loved Atlas Shrugged. Lying there, face down in only my undies, trying not to yelp as he pressed hard on all the bruises I already had in a bid to ease up on my tension (I am only held together by tension!) and trying to be polite as he spoke of Ayn Rand's genius, I wondered if perhaps I was wrong and there is a god. And that god is Loki.

Sample of the conversation: 'If you bruise easily, it's all coming from your spleen. Chinese medicine states that very clearly.' 'Don't you think it could possibly the fact that I am really quite pale and so any bruises just show up very well?' 'Possibly. But the pain in your foot is coming from your gallbladder.' 'Or the fact I shattered that foot back in the late 90s …'

I am booked to see my normal massage person next week. Her loopiest conversation is 'Of course we get on, you're an Aquarius!' I can live with that. And she thinks Ayn Rand is an amoral bore, too.
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bk7brokemybrainbk7brokemybrain on November 2nd, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Even Chinese medicine acknowledges that the more solid levels of being, say flesh and bone, will trump the more delicate causes of pain, like swirling eddies of Qi in your Gall Bladder channel. This guy sounds like an eager newbie.
I hope you feel better. Keep up the writing!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Yes! I have no issue with people who offer up alternatives, especially to mystery bleagh, and have found accupuncture useful in the past (from an actual Chinese therapist, who said 'Oh yes, you work too hard, let me loosen up your shoulders' bless him), But when I have just talked him through my foot accident and shown him where the scars catch … I don't like having to listen to a monologue in a massage anyway, and one that was Ayn Rand and 'Oh, your poor spleen …' left me counting down the minutes :-)

Elbow healing beautifully!
&helena;uminohikari on November 2nd, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
He...pressed on your bruises?! That sounds counterproductive.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
HE GAVE ME NEW ONES! But yes. I suspect he didn't look on the opposite sides of the limbs he was lifting :-) Muppet.
pioniepionie on November 2nd, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ayn Rand... watch me hammer my point home snoringly over too many pages....
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
I can deal with amoral, I can deal with ghastly politics, I can deal with self-important tedious writing, but all three at once?!
Geneva2010geneva2010 on November 2nd, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, people and their superstitions kill me. They are so convinced, too: all that anecdotal evidence and confirmation bias feedback loop. Our evolution has not prepared us for the 21st century.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
Yeah! I do try to be thoughtful … I have a small degree of openness to what my friend antqueen describes below as 'woo', because some things do stand up to scientific scrutiny. So specifics, like honey is good on wounds, and accupuncture does something good, we just have no idea how and it seems not to act in anything like the specific ways alleged by practitioners, or homeopathy is great for mild mental health issues without any of the damaging side effects of most meds – those are all things I can come at. I am even open to the idea that there might be something to general vague theories, in the way that the theory of humours may have had some vague reference to genetically predisposed mental health issues. But I can't even be patiently polite when someone wages woo in the face of 'I have a big bruise because I fell off my bike!!!'
germankitty: emo hugsgermankitty on November 2nd, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
I once saw a hypnotherapist in order to lose weight. It worked (for a while, anyway), but when he started telling me that my (genetically--caused) astigmatism and myopia could be cured by hypnosis ... and that I should forget about my family to concentrate on MY issues instead (when my father-in-law was a permanent-care case, as in 24/7, at home after a massive stroke and my son was still a young teen), that's when I quit.

Apparently common sense and understanding of a client's circumstances were not part of his vocabulary or expertise.

*hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
I think this is the problem: if Western doctors act like that, there is a straightforward complaints process that you can enter into to show them their actions are inappropriate. If Chinese doctors do it, it's generally muttered in Chinese, so the vast majority of us smile blankly. Over-entitled European fruitloops, on the other hand!

This comment tells me that you are a thoroughly decent person and that he just wasn't, which makes me happy I know you, not him!
germankittygermankitty on November 3rd, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Awww! *blushes*

I don't mind listening to other opinions (as long as there's no proselytizing), and I realize that treatments which involve contact with certain body parts create a temporary/artificial intimacy that invites a degree of sharing that'd be much harder to come by otherwise. What always gets me, though, is when the treatment-giver lacks sensitivity towards their clients/patients ... like your massage person, or my hypnotherapist.

Pretty much the worst thing that ever happened to me was when I'd developed bronchitis and was feeling like total crap. Saw my grandmother's GP at short notice, and the very FIRST words the guy said to me when he saw me (we'd never even met before) were "One of us is too fat!". Meaning me, obviously. If I hadn't really needed a prescription ... argh. Way to piss off make a sick person feel even worse!
Pureblood Princessraitala on November 2nd, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wonder that you are allowed out on your own. ILU really!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
You are not the only one! I even saw my usual (booked) massage therapist there at the end, and was unable to not blurt, 'I'll see YOU soon!' at her, which meant that even though I was polite to Mr Bruisey, he knew.

I am staying in today: it is very hot and there is a lot of garden watering and pruning to be done!
Welcome to Ant Countryant_queen on November 2nd, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Nothing ruins a massage quite as much as having to listen to your masseuse wank on about crap like that. I had a tenuous relationship with my previous masseuse. He was brilliant at massage and reading my body to know how intense to go without causing massive post massage pain flare ups. Unfortunately he was also an acupuncturist, which I don't hold with, but basically humoured because the massage was good. Then the practice he was in started to get more and more woo. I tried to ignore it, but then I got a letter from them proudly announcing their new naturopath who specialises in "the most accurate form of allergy testing" - electro dermal screening. I haven't been back since. I'm still considering writing to them to point out that the letter they sent is a clear case of blatantly false and misleading information, which there are laws about. I will grumble and turn a blind eye to a lot of woo because it doesn't technically break any laws, but I draw the line at blatantly lying that electro dermal screening is remotely more accurate than asking a magic 8 ball.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
ARGH! WHY? WHY???!!!

There is a place on King St that has nice handmade cosmetics, and Dee and I would definitely shop there, if it weren't for the fact that they are rabid anti-vaxers and talk about such almost constantly. Independently, Dee and I both discovered that we had walked out of the shop saying 'I cannot give my money to this level of stupid.'

You realise that there would be people we could make good money from with Magic 8 Ball Allergy Testing. Just saying… 

XXX MISS YOU!
bad punctuation and porn popping out of a cakeincandescent on November 3rd, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)
Hahaha, that god is definitely Loki. Gosh, I rarely get massages, but when I do I get them from these lovely Chinese people nearby who speak very little English. No loopy conversation there.

I'm not deleting any of my Nano words. As far as I'm concerned, they're all a bit shit. I'll worry about editing and cutting them later. For now, I just want to try and write without judgement. *fingers crossed*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
I think your approach is a wise one, and should emulate it!

And yes! I have more bruises now than I did before I went there, too :-( Thwarted!
Sherrysherryillk on November 3rd, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Don't hate me -- I actually enjoyed The Fountainhead back in high school... I'm not sure how I would tolerate it now though.

And wow, if I edited what I've already written for NaNo, I would have probably close to nothing since I hate a lot of it... :\
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 3rd, 2013 08:25 am (UTC)
High School is the appropriate time to enjoy The Fountainhead: just as it's the appropriate time to have REALLY SERIOUS unshakeable political convictions that are ENTIRELY RIGHT, or think Lord of the Rings is the best book that will ever be written or have a detailed plan to marry Alexander Skarsgard*.

If you were praising it to the skies in your early 40s, though, I confess I would judge you :-)

I think you have the right approach, though: I keep writing forwards and backwards in my head at the same time rather than concentrating on the story moving on. What you hate at the moment might make perfect sense in a few days, or else be enormously helpful for what happens in a week!

* I would never judge anyone on this one.
Janey Procrastinatorjaney_p on November 3rd, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
Why do you delete in your NaNo story??? You leave that in until after Nov 30th! Mark it somehow, but leave it in for now. Delete it in your first round of editing on Dec 1st. ;)
(Is that cheating? Nah, I don't think it is... *angelic smile*)

I'm kind of envious of your current word count, though. I only started today, because I was too lazy the first two days. XD

And for stalker reasons: What's your name on NaNo? :D

Edited at 2013-11-03 02:56 pm (UTC)
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