No, I’m not caught in a landslide, although come to think of it, maybe I should put Pete and the Swede in one.

I’m getting on well with the word count for Viridian System #2 – you can check on my progress with the widget on the right hand side (quite a long way down), and as sometimes happens real life, and things I’ve seen or done, get wrapped up in there, even on planets far, far away.

Currently I have started the remediation work on the teeth that were, let’s say ‘messed up’ by my new dentist last year.  My ex-new dentist – I have to find another one since I’m not going back.  So teeth are on my mind.  The allergy which caused swelling and very sore and irritated eyes (some of my photos in the last two years have shown my right eye practically closed) has been sort of identified, but at least there’s a suitable solution found to control the inflammation.  I have to keep it out of the sun, and imbibe no alcohol with it, but hey, my eye looks okay and it doesn’t itch much.  And I am beginning to accept my eyesight, which was 20-20 ten years ago, okay 15 years ago, is now problematic.  Apologies for when I don’t catch my typos before posting (especially comments).  My right eye gives up trying to focus and then I’m reading cross-eyed.  It may get sorted in the autumn.  Until then I just have to take more time, adapt, and give my left eye some rest.  Tough if I’m writing or editing….

So, having had a good moan (not what you needed on a Monday morning), the question is how my characters manage to stay hale and hearty through all the traumas they go through.  Okay, Pete has a problem in the Perihelix, which mends itself.  Maybe they can get allergic to something on some other planet they visit for a change?  Has the problem of short-sightedness and age-related deterioration been solved?  I know there are regenerations (regens) in my world, but how long do they go before they need one?

Should heroes have human failings?  What do you think?

Real life or just Fantasy?

7 thoughts on “Real life or just Fantasy?

  • 22 February, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Heroes need to have human failings or they become superheroes of the Superman variety ie, Not of this world. Human failings are something our characters either cling to so they can be villainous or fought so they become the heroes we need.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • 22 February, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Thanks, David. I think personality failings are the main kind authors think about, but what about being struck down by the common cold. We seem to assume that space flight means we’ve solved that sort of thing – although there are plenty of bio-med scifis that include genetic therapies and organ replacement. Maybe our heroes don’t have mundane failings 😉

  • 22 February, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I think the common cold isn’t going away 😀 As you know, I like to give my characters a few all-too-human problems. Nothing like throwing some physical weaknesses in to make them more heroic for succeeding.

    Makes me think…about time for JJ to find she needs reading glasses 😀

  • 22 February, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Sorry to hear about your eyes. I have a chronic eye problem that has me visiting my eye doctor a lot. If you have inflammation, take turmeric. I started and it really cut down the inflammation I had. When I started, my inflammation was high and now it’s where it’s supposed to be and it’s because of the Turmeric.

    • 22 February, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      My main problem is a cataract, which is pretty much central in the right eye, but doesn’t prevent me reading the line above the ‘operate’ line when in test conditions. In any other light I can’t see straight ahead with it. The optician reckons it will probably be eligible for treatment after the summer. I’m beginning to get used to it now. Good luck with yours, Patricia.

  • 22 February, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Oh dear, hope your eyes and teeth get sorted soon. Sounds very frustrating.

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