Saturday, November 04, 2006


...despite everything, I can't stop writing. It is a neurological disorder: Compulsive Keyboard Obsession. I have been talking to Dr Grump (whose first degree was in Human Psychology) and she says that if I had any other sort of neurosis she would recommend that I fight it but in the case of CKO the best thing to do is to go along with it. At the University of Uurm they have found no successful treatment. Distraction, cognitative behavioural therapy and meditative practices merely serve to worsen the symptoms.

'Well you've not been much help,' I told her, looking up briefly from my keyboard.
'Sorry,' she said, 'but you do know...'
'Out with it, woman!'
She tapped her notebook with her pencil, frowned and crossed one long leg over the other. 'It's usually terminal.'
She glanced at the picture of Hemingway above her desk: 'Sometimes with a shot gun.'

Author's note: This is just my attempt at black humour. It is not a cry for help.


Blogger mareymercy said...

Hemingway was so much more than a compulsive writer. Unless you're also a manic-depressive and a drunk, I think you're OK.

If you a manic-depressive drunk, my apologies. You write well in spite of great obstacles! (Then again, so did Hemingway)

Sun Nov 05, 12:44:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Twitches - no, not a manic depressive drunk...well not yet, anyway!

Hemingway was a pretty wonderful writer, though wasn't he? Poor tortured soul.

Sun Nov 05, 01:32:00 am  
Blogger Lee said...

Now you have made me laugh.

Sun Nov 05, 04:34:00 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Heading for this Post should read: " FORTUNATELY.....despite everything, I cant stop writing...."
You really have Much Going For You.

Sun Nov 05, 10:39:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Figured you'd have to put up a postscript to that one! But am glad to see it, all the same.

Sun Nov 05, 10:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Celebrate it Clare - tis a gift!

Sun Nov 05, 10:24:00 pm  
Blogger Debi said...

The Minxster is right. Don't fight the inevitable - if we have to go down, let it be with smiles on our faces ...

Mon Nov 06, 12:17:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, all of you. Sometimes it is hard to feel it is not more of a curse.

Mon Nov 06, 01:25:00 pm  

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