One of my pet peeves are the drug commercials on TV that show happy, smiling people who seem totally oblivious to the Voice Of Doom in the background that’s listing all the dire side-effects of whatever they took to get them that happy. So…I got to thinking that nobody warned me before I started to write. No, I just hauled out a typewriter (yes, it was that long ago) and started pounding away. By the time I graduated to a computer, I’d noticed all kinds of side-effects. As a public service, I thought I’d list a few:
Symptom: Writing can be hazardous to your health. Long hours spent at the keyboard can lead to eye fatigue, joint fatigue and a whopping case of secretarial spread.
Treatment: To relieve eye strain from writing, ensure your computer has several solitaire games, which should be practiced regularly for medicinal purposes. To combat joint fatigue, get a swivel chair or even better, a desk with plenty of interesting things in the drawers that you can take out and play with. Tape dispensers are ideal, as are pens with flowers on the ends. As far as secretarial spread, accept the inevitable and get a bigger chair.
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