Discovering the Snough


So somehow I’ve managed to get myself sick again. Too much travel, not enough sleep, overexposure to public transportation, and bam I’m back to sick.

Not so sick that I’m confined to bed. More of a half work day / half resting in bed day watching Netflix and CW app.

It started with a severe headache last weekend, laryngitis set in on Monday and by Wednesday I was, snoughing, sneeze-coughing.

In all my 38 years, I’ve never done this before. It’s where you sneeze, but you don’t just expel mucus from your nose, but unintentionally from your throat too. Somehow the sneeze does double duty and is as productive as a cough without the work.

It’s got to be one of the most unexpectedly gross things I’ve done. So I sneeze, cover my nose and then realize a giant mucus ball came out of my mouth and is now on my papers.

There’s that moment where I’m just puzzled. Like where the heck did it come from. And I realize I’m snoughing. That’s quickly replaced by ew, I am so not cleaning that up. Then I’m like well someone has to and it is my mucus ball. I’ve never had such an easy time expectorating. But yuck.

Have you ever snoughed?


In work related news, my editor sent me the notes on Six Train’s sequel. This is the hardest part. Changing my perception to see it as she sees it. And I’m doing it with a blucky respiratory situation.

Still, I’m seeing her points and I’m also at the point where I think I should have never written this sequel. It’s a cluster****. I’m not sure I can fix it.

This is normal. It’s part of my writing process. But this time I really think I may not be able to do it. (BTW, I think this every time, but it still doesn’t take the horror of the uncertainty away.) I did work on Chapter 1 Sunday and I think I got what needed to be done there. Just 81 more chapters to go!

Stay tuned for more updates.



In other news, my publisher is running a 99cent sale on TGWIG’s kindle until 1/29/16. If you want to pick up the kindle, now’s the time to do it!

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29 Responses to Discovering the Snough

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Sorry to hear you’re sick again. That’s no fun. Talk about a tough time to tackle edits on a sequel that’s giving you grief. Ugh.

    • Yup. Feels like I just got over all this. Grr. I took a week to process them and realized if I don’t start them I’ll be paralyzed. So I’m doing 10-15 pages a day for a few days and once I feel better, I’ll jump to 20 pages a day.

  2. Lori says:

    Oh ack! It’s so hard to have a cold in the cold weather too. Ick, Did you guys get hit bad by snowmageddon 2016? Thankfully, it skimmed to the south of us. Get better soon, Miss K.

  3. Pete Denton says:

    I managed to sneeze through my eyes a few times, which was an interesting experience!

    Hope you feel better soon. 🙂

  4. One of the downsides of travel and being around people. Rest, rest, rest.
    Feeling run down – lack of oxygen – probably makes re-write more difficult. I recommend much viewing of the old series “Third Rock from the Sun” and Simpsons. Smiles. (And stop trying to talk or it takes twice as long to get your speaking voice back..your writing voice, is fine, don’t fret)

    • Yup. It feels really overwhelming. I’m trying to just take 10-15 pages at a time this week. LOL. I’m loving the Nine Lives of Chloe King. I’m really into paranormal shows. 🙂 I’ve rested the voice a lot. It’s definitely coming back. Aw thank you. I hope so.

  5. davidprosser says:

    Unfortunately when I get bronchitis snoughing is a common occurrence. I hope you’re soon feeling better Kourtney and ready to tackle the book again.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • I’m sorry to hear that. But it’s nice to know this isn’t something that only happens to me. Thanks David! I’m trying to tackle smaller amounts of editing this week so I don’t lose too much time to sickness. 🙂 Big hugs!

  6. Thank you for sharing this information, and creating such a visual in my mind! 😉 Hope you recover soon!

    And good luck with the editing too!

    • LOL. My doctor often says he hates having a writer as a patient because of my descriptions of illnesses. 😉 Thanks. I appreciate it. The editing–all I can do it tackle 10-20 pages a day and see where I end up in a few weeks. I never think any of my books will get there. They usually do.

  7. jmmcdowell says:

    Thankfully I can say I have never experienced the snough. And I’m quite sure I’d like to keep it that way!

    Take care of yourself, Kourtney. That’s the most important thing you can do. Hard as those editorial comments are, they’ll be easier to handle when you’re stronger. Kai and Oliver will understand, and so will we fans. 🙂

    • It’s really bizarre. I mean from a clearing mucus perspective it’s highly effective. But from a human perspective it’s entirely gross. 😉

      Thanks JM. I think I just push and forget that I’m not in my 20s anymore. I don’t bounce back I just kind of roll around helplessly for a week or two.

      They will be, but I have a deadline for my editor. I can’t screw with her schedule. So I’ve got to push onward. I am really trying to get this book right. It’s the first time I can say nothing was working right. Not once section actually. That’s incredibly intimidating and scary. I could sit in a corner and rock but I’ll just give it a go and see what happens.

  8. Hope you get better soon Kourtney, not the greatest start to your revisions, but you can do it 🙂

  9. Mayumi-H says:

    Very sorry you’re sick, but that’s a great – and horrifying – visual, Kourtney! No wonder you’re an author! 😀 (For general recovery, hot water plus lemon and a bit of honey has always helped me. Not only because it’s warm, but it keeps me hydrated. If you’re experiencing sore throat issues, you may want to steer clear of the citrus for a while, though.)

    Those editorial notes sound daunting, but I’m confident you’ll be able to assimilate them into a stronger story for Six Train 2. That’s what we pay editors for, right? (I always have to keep telling myself that, whenever I get tough notes.) While you may have a deadline to make, JM is right in that you’ll probably be better able to push your way through them with a clearer head once you’re over this sickness.

    Feel better soon!

    • Thanks. Sorry for the TMI. When I’m sick it takes over. 🙂 I’ve been doing the tea and honey and the Cepacol drops really keep the sore throat under control. Thanks for the advice on citrus.

      I hope so. Usually it’s the first 100 pages or the second half that needs an overhaul. It’s pretty daunting when it’s the entire book. Unfortunately, I tend to get sick for weeks not days. I tried taking 2 days off, but I can’t afford 2 weeks. It’s just too much time to lose. For me, it’s better that I chip away at something and be getting a little work done. But I do appreciate the advice. Hugs!

  10. Aquileana says:

    Hi dear Kourt… get well soon my friend… I hate being sick and I understand all the drawbacks it might entrain when it comes to writing and editing… all this reminded me of Thomas Mann, the german Nobel Prize, author of `The Magic Mountain´… He introduced his own illness among the plot of the book… resulting in a case of tuberculosis over there…
    I am wondering if there is a chance you could use your cold in a your own writing….
    Anyhow… hope you feel better…. hugs and best wishes. Aquileana :star:

    • Hi Aquileana! Thanks. Yeah it’s definitely not easy to work when you’re under the weather. How cool. That’s an interesting idea. I’ve never given a character a cold in on of my novels. I’m on the mend. Just dealing with residual sniffles and cough. But I walked 3 miles yesterday. Woohoo.


  11. I so hope you are feeling much better now dear Kourtney.. Love and hugs your way xxx

  12. EllaDee says:

    I thought the same thing as Acquileana, you could use the snoughing very realistically in a story… maybe with some humour, which your probably not feeling at the moment. Look after yourself.

    • It’s funny, I draw on a lot of my experiences when I write, migraines, back injuries, broken arm, etc. But I never thought to include a cold. I think with snoughing you’d need a humorous bent. 🙂 Hugs.

  13. I hope you feel better soon. Nothing worse than tackling a nightmarish revision when you’re not feeling 110%. That snoughing thing sounds really unenjoyable. But maybe because you’re doing double-duty to get that crap out of your system, you’ll clear up that much faster too!

    • I’m back to working out. Still got some lingering sniffles and coughing. Man it hangs in there. It’s been two weeks. I realized my mistake was that I was multi-tasking. And I suck at multi-tasking. I can’t promote hardcore and write at the same time. That kept me distracted enough that I wasn’t seeing what wasn’t working. 🙂

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