LOGORRHOEA • by Hermine Robinson

Andie woke up in the wee hours of the morning with words and images spinning in her head. She had had too much to think last night and now she could not sleep. It was Blake’s fault and she glanced at the lump beside her in the bed, debating whether or not to wake him up and share the pain. Damn right she would. He should have said something when his friends were plying her with shots of Bukowski and Carver. Blake knew she couldn’t hold her literature. Andie elbowed him in the ribs. “Honey, I can’t sleep. I’m sick.” The lump snorted, a small interruption in its rhythmic breathing. She gave it another jab. “Honey, I don’t feel good.”

Blake moaned through the covers pulled over his head. “Go to the bathroom then.”

“Not that kind of sick. I had too much to think.”

“Jeezus Murphy.” Blake rolled out of his side of the bed and staggered down the hall for a pen and notepad. By the time he returned, Andie sat on the side of the bed, head in hands. He offered her the pen and slipped the pad of paper onto her lap. “Do you want to write here? Or can you make it to your desk?” Andie spewed words all over the paper in blue ink. It was a mix of print and cursive that spilled outside the margins. “Here, I guess,” said Blake, more to himself than her.

Ten minutes later, Andie was on her fifth page and the wretched writing looked like it would never be done. Blake wondered if she’d be okay. He rubbed her shoulders with one hand and held back her hair with the other. Glancing at the half-formed scenes, characters and story arcs – all dripping with gerunds – it was enough to make his own literary gorge rise. She finally stopped writing long enough to shake out her hand.

“Are you feeling better?” Blake asked. “Can I get you anything? Water, Aspirin, a thesaurus?”

“Not funny,” said Andie.

Blake sighed as she resumed her work. A bad bout of logorrhoea was nothing new, he had spent more than one night soothing Andie through a writing jag. Last time he’d had to take her to an emergency writer’s retreat; such were the dangers of loving a writer. Blake just nodded and smiled whenever his coworkers complained about the difficulties of dealing with a wife who had PMS or menopause.

Hot flashes? Night sweats? Try dealing with the mood swings of a frustrated writer.

With a shudder, Andie finished her scribbling.

“Done?” Blake asked.

“I hope so.” She dry heaved a few last adjectives before dropping the pen. Andie rested her head on Blake’s shoulder. “I’m sorry,” she said with a halfhearted laugh. “Modifiers are always worse coming up than going down.”

“It’s okay. Better out than in,” Blake whispered. He tucked her into bed, grateful the writing fever had broken. Andie drifted off to dreamless sleep and Blake collected the papers scattered at the bedside. He put them on the desk in her office. It was a mess, but she’d make sense of it in the morning.


Hermine Robinson lives in Alberta, Canada where winters are long and inspiration is plentiful. She loves all things ‘short fiction’ and refuses to be the place where perfectly good stories come to die. Hermine is married with two children and most people know her by her nickname “Minkee”.


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  • Ah, this made me smile! What a delightful and original concept! I thought it was a typo at first (which is a great trick, by the way). I’m not sure I understood the treatment though. I’m assuming it was like a bit of a brain dump to remove the clutter from the excessive binge thinking of the previous night.

    Really fun story, and written well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Scott. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Ah, this made me smile! What a delightful and original concept! I thought it was a typo at first (which is a great trick, by the way). I’m not sure I understood the treatment though. I’m assuming it was like a bit of a brain dump to remove the clutter from the excessive binge thinking of the previous night.

    Really fun story, and written well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Scott. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Joy Manné

    I loved this. you are so witty. Thank you

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Joy.

  • Joy Manné

    I loved this. you are so witty. Thank you

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Joy.

  • Perfect! An excellent idea — no writer can stay indifferent. 🙂

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Irena, I kind of hope my fellow writers get a smile out of it at the very least.

  • Perfect! An excellent idea — no writer can stay indifferent. 🙂

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Irena, I kind of hope my fellow writers get a smile out of it at the very least.

  • Paul A. Freeman

    Fun, a good idea, but I found the piece a bit too whimsical.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Paul. I appreciate the feedback. Next time something serious.

  • Paul A. Freeman

    Fun, a good idea, but I found the piece a bit too whimsical.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Paul. I appreciate the feedback. Next time something serious.

  • raz09

    So much fun! This was the perfect 4 am read. Now that Andie feels better, maybe I can sleep.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Ah, the 4 am read. I know it well. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, thank you.

  • raz09

    So much fun! This was the perfect 4 am read. Now that Andie feels better, maybe I can sleep.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Ah, the 4 am read. I know it well. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, thank you.

  • judy

    Clever. Creative. Great writing. Makes me pick up a notebook and a pen. Congratulations.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Judy. If my writing inspires someone, I consider that the best compliment of all.

  • judy

    Clever. Creative. Great writing. Makes me pick up a notebook and a pen. Congratulations.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Judy. If my writing inspires someone, I consider that the best compliment of all.

  • Chinwillow

    Loved this! This story made me laugh out loud…great concept and so much fun to read. This may be my favorite:)

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you! I’m very much appreciating the positive response this story has received. Humour can be difficult and it is nice to know this piece hits the mark.

  • Chinwillow

    Loved this! This story made me laugh out loud…great concept and so much fun to read. This may be my favorite:)

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you! I’m very much appreciating the positive response this story has received. Humour can be difficult and it is nice to know this piece hits the mark.

  • Tamera Norwood

    Perfection. Not just the originality or the ingenuity, but the writing as well. There isn’t a sentence that needs improvement. I wish I had written it.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Tamera, I’m glad you enjoyed the story, I definitely enjoyed writing it and now sharing it, especially with other writers.

  • Tamera Norwood

    Perfection. Not just the originality or the ingenuity, but the writing as well. There isn’t a sentence that needs improvement. I wish I had written it.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Tamera, I’m glad you enjoyed the story, I definitely enjoyed writing it and now sharing it, especially with other writers.

  • Terri Elders

    There’s NEVER too much whimsy in a whimsical piece. I loved, loved, loved this. Thanks.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Terri. I love the enthusiastic response this story has received. “Whimsy” is not my middle name, but with a nickname like Minkee, I find humour is key to keeping things in perspective.

      • Terri Elders

        I shared the link on Facebook and also posted it on a private writers group page I belong to.

  • Terri Elders

    There’s NEVER too much whimsy in a whimsical piece. I loved, loved, loved this. Thanks.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you Terri. I love the enthusiastic response this story has received. “Whimsy” is not my middle name, but with a nickname like Minkee, I find humour is key to keeping things in perspective.

      • Terri Elders

        I shared the link on Facebook and also posted it on a private writers group page I belong to.

  • MaryAlice Meli

    Like Andie, I have gone over my limit with Bukowski and Carver but never suffered this creatively. Your story
    was so much fun, I’m going to share it with other writer friends.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you! I truly appreciate that you not only enjoyed the story but are willing to share. Writing is tough sometimes, so if I can put a light hearted spin on it and that resonates with other writers I consider the story a success.

  • MaryAlice Meli

    Like Andie, I have gone over my limit with Bukowski and Carver but never suffered this creatively. Your story
    was so much fun, I’m going to share it with other writer friends.

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you! I truly appreciate that you not only enjoyed the story but are willing to share. Writing is tough sometimes, so if I can put a light hearted spin on it and that resonates with other writers I consider the story a success.

  • monksunkadan

    What a great job on a subject and concept that is the curse and blessing of every writer at every level. Great fun very well done !!!! THANKS

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you for the wonderful comments and feedback. The blessing of writing is connecting with other creative people and I’m glad this story managed to do that.

  • monksunkadan

    What a great job on a subject and concept that is the curse and blessing of every writer at every level. Great fun very well done !!!! THANKS

    • Minkee Robinson

      Thank you for the wonderful comments and feedback. The blessing of writing is connecting with other creative people and I’m glad this story managed to do that.