"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Awful Tooth

I know there's a grand tradition of authors cranking out novels while wallowing in a narcotic haze. I just don't see how they pull it off. I'm having problems with my teeth. Again. Looks like I'll be saying goodbye to my last wisdom tooth.

Vicodin to the rescue.

Damn, that's good stuff. I can understand how people get hooked on prescription drugs. I only take a vicodin when the pain gets too intense--it's kind of like being stabbed in the side of the head--but there's always that temptation to gobble down a fistful like they're Smarties. The thing is, I can't figure out whether the vicodin actually relieves the pain or just makes me not care about it.

Either way, it's affected my work this week. I have a lot to do, but it's hard to write or do revision when I keep nodding out. Forget about dropping acid like Kesey. I can't even handle vicodin.


John D said...

Wisdom teeth, eh? Been there, done that. I had all four of mine out at once. The pain killers really knocked me for a loop, which I was really happy about. I can't remember which kind they were, but they got the job done.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

I should have them all pulled at once. This last wisdom tooth seems to be pushing against another tooth that I just had filled and it's causing a lot of pain.


Only thing to do - get them yanked out.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

It's coming out, but the earliest appointment I could get is November 13. So I have a couple more weeks of pain and drugs to enjoy. If someone else cancels, I might get in sooner.