Also, she mentions Steven Gould’s JUMPER, a book I really enjoyed. Wasn’t there a not very great movie based on it? That then led him to write sequels that weren’t really contiguous with the first book? (I haven’t read them — if anybody has, can you comment on whether they’re worth reading?)
Anyway, I sympathize with this part: My hearing and my sinuses never quite recovered, but it gave me the ability to write under just about any conditions and ignore distractions. Makes me appreciate that the only thing usually distracting me is a zillion dogs suddenly wanting to go out / come in / have supper / have a biscuit / have their bellies rubbed / etc.