Writing Causes Brain Damage?A modest proposal.

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(I’ve been on a writing break for the past week out of reach, no email or online. Got a lot done, but as the piece of whimsy below indicates, writing can be hazardous! Maybe I should apply for the court jester job!)

I believe a case can be made that writing causes brain damage, although I doubt I’m the one to make the case, since I have reason to believe I myself suffer from this rare illness.

Given the number of aspiring writers combined with those already in print, one could hardly call the disease rare, and given the quality and content of most writing, one could argue that this isn’t a theory but a FACT, there being WRITTEN evidence in existence to prove it.

I mean no disrespect to those suffering from brain damage nor to writers, although if my theory is correct these groups overlap considerably, and as I’ve also stated, I myself am likely an over-lapper.

You may wonder why this subject crossed my mind, or what’s left of it. Quite simply, I spent the week in a cabin in the mountains writing, and I think I hurt my brain. Over 19 short chapters and 12000+ words exist on paper tonight, whereas just four short days ago, they resided only in my head and not on paper.

This raises an interesting question. Is said damage caused by the exit of ideas from head to paper, or from the creation of the ideas in the head in the first place, or from their storage (in this case for give or take 35 years) and extraction from the hitherto mentioned brain?

Now none of these ponderings on the state of my brain would be in writing now, were it not for my wife’s refusal to discuss the subject at hand. It being 11PM and she being of sound mind, the issue of my weary brain seemed not to interest her in the slightest. And suffering from my new condition, I of course, not being of sound mind, was not in the least capable of determining whether or not she is right. I simply had to do what a person with my malady must do; right or wrong, I write.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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