All my life, people have told me how smart I am. When I was having trouble in school, Mom asked my guidance counselor if I had a learning disability. “Not at all,” he assured her. “She could make straight As if she made the effort. Your daughter is bored. She’s smart and she has a photographic memory. She picks up things much faster than her classmates, and gets restless when the teachers have to spend the time normally needed for the kids to learn. Because she’s bored, she cuts class and acts out.”
In the hospital following my first head injury, my doctor came into my room one day and announced, “I have a surprise for you. You’re going to college.”
“I have a surprise for you,” I told him. “I didn’t finish high school.” All the effort I’d put into going over the wall, and here was this guy wanting to send me back? No way!
These days, there are courses to be taken before taking the GED exam. I never took any classes, just the exam. It wasn’t that difficult.
I left St. Louis University with one year to go to get my degree. Why? Bored again. I just don’t do well in a classroom environment. I see Collin taking his courses online and wish I’d had that option. I might have actually finished what I started.
I’ve never felt all that smart. I’ve certainly made some stupid decisions in my life. But then, intelligence and common sense don’t always go hand-in-hand. Dad used to say smart people know they don’t have all the answers, while idiots are too stupid to know they don’t know everything. Sometimes, emotion overrides intelligence. Sometimes, pride gets in the way. Pride can be a dangerous thing. I speak from experience there.
I’ve been a writer–professionally–for thirty years now. I’ve written sixteen published novels. By this time, I should know the drill, right? Write, rewrite, revise, edit, proofread–I’d done it all with each book. Since signing with Creativia, we’ve already prepared two of my books for re-publication. Yet when I received the proofread copy of The Unicorn’s Daughter a few days ago, as I went over it, I was surprised to find so many words in red. Why were they in red? Was something wrong with the file?
I quickly emailed my publisher. As I waited for his response, it was pointed out to me that the red words are words that had been changed. They were in red so I could find them!
I’ve been doing well on the new medication, but I’m not completely seizure-free yet. Sleep deprivation is a real seizure trigger. After a seizure, I’m often confused for a little while. I had gone over the proof copy after a seizure, knowing I should wait. As a result, I didn’t recognize the red words for what they were.