Richard Castle's Sick Day Survival Guide

Our favorite writer has published what he does to keep the creative flow going, even when he would be sick.

If you are sick, why not try to do what Richard Castle does?

Read here the Sick Day Survival Guide

If you intend to write as many novels as I have, you must master the art of efficiency. Admittedly, my ability to write while sleeping needs more work, but I do succeed in spending nearly all of my waking hours either writing or in some other creative pursuit.
However, when I fall ill, as my fair Alexis recently did, I come dangerously close to falling off of the productivity wagon. So, to ensure that I waste no time shivering and blowing my nose, I put together a sick day survival guide, which allows me to expand my creative horizons, even as my body slowly deteriorates.  

Illness: Allergies
Treatment: Suck it up and write (don’t be such a baby)

Illness: Appendicitis
Treatment: Study Frida Kahlo paintings (notice how much more you identify with her pain and suffering)

Illness: Bronchitis
Treatment: Watch Star Wars; Lord of The Rings (they hack each other with swords and light sabers while you hack up a lung)

Illness: Common Cold
Treatment: Read Raymond Chandler; Dashiell Hammett (when clouds fog your brain, beat them to a Pulp)

Illness: Fever
Treatment: Study surrealist art (fever dreams compliment melting clocks and apple headed businessmen nicely)

Illness: Gun Shot Wound
Treatment: Do lots and lots of pull ups, ala Demi Moore in G.I. Jane (I can only assume Beckett’s recovery time consisted of brutally aggressive workout regimes)

Illness: Migraine
Treatment: Close your eyes and wish you were somewhere else (strengthen those imagination muscles!)

Illness: Mono
Treatment: Consume Romeo And Juliet however you see fit (kissing loses its appeal when accompanied by certain death)

Illness: Stomach Flu
Treatment: Listen to The Grateful Dead bootlegs (let Jerry Garcia’s masterful chords guide you as you rush to the bathroom)

Illness: Strep Throat
Treatment: Watch The Godfather; Apocalypse Now (they’ll leave you speechless anyway)

Illness: Surgery Recovery
Treatment: Listen to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz on mute (the drugs are legal, make good use of them)
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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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