Saturday, 28 February 2015

Blood in My Eye

Blood in My Eye

To add injury to inertia, my recent bloggers block has been compounded by an injury received playing football this week.

Having received an elbow in the eye I am currently walking around with smoke-like trails of blood in the visual field of my right eye. It is like my own personal Northern Lights, in red.

I am under doctors orders to look ahead and not downwards or upwards. I was told not to READ for a few weeks. Also no activity beyond a gentle walk which endangers my recent flirtation with improved fitness and reduced weight...

At least when I get the all clear i'll be raring to go again.

Just before I got the doctors advice I re-read Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts which was, if anything, better than I remembered. One of the greatest masterpieces of American fiction. I was also loving B.S.Johnson's The Unfortunates. More on both when I return in a few weeks..


  1. Sorry to hear about the elbow to the eye, Séamus, esp. since you won't--or shouldn't--be able to read this for the next few weeks. What a drag (not being able to read for fun--not not being able to read my comment) and, for a blogger, maybe a crueler injury than what Neymar suffered at the last World Cup. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. I sympathize. It's one of the things I fear about.

  3. I'm so sorry to hear of your injury, Séamus (just the thought of it is making me wince). How frustrating for you...perhaps you could resort to audio books for a week or two?

    Wishing you all the best for a very speedy recovery. Delighted to hear that your reread of Miss Lonleyhearts exceeded expectations. I'm looking forward to chatting to you about it April.

  4. Thanks all - although I am quite happy to have a minor eye injury instead of broken vertebrae...
    I have to sleep sitting up, which is getting to me but I'm hoping to watch a load of my unwatched DVD's over the next few weeks.

  5. Ouf, not good! So sorry about the injury - have you turned to any audio books in the meantime?

    I'll be curious to read what you'll have to say about The Unfortunates, so get better soon!

    1. Thanks Scott. Can't wait to finish it!

  6. Oh no, that's not cool - being told not to read for a few WEEKS?! Get well soon! Do you like audiobooks at all? That might be a temporary solution...

  7. I have a couple of audiobooks and intend to listen to one but have been listening to lots of music anyway.