I have been losing my voice for a couple of days. By the end of the day yesterday, I sounded very hoarse. However, when I woke up this morning, it was down to a complete squeak! I sound like Minnie Mouse. I have no idea why this is happening. I haven’t been yelling at my kids! (true story) I don’t feel sick, and I haven’t been talking any more than normal. And by normal, I mean the astronomical amount of talking that I do on a regular basis. Seriously, I’m just not a quiet person. J
It’s my business to talk. I have tried all morning to avoid talking. But, my phone keeps ringing. Have you ever tried to negotiate a deal when you sound like Minnie Mouse? Well let me tell you that I don’t really feel like I’m accomplishing much when the person on the other end of the line chuckles. I lose the power of negotiation when one word comes out really deep and the next one cracks in a high pitch. THIS IS NOT FUNNY! I had an agent finally say “I’m sorry, I just really can’t hear you. It’s not my phone, it’s you!” Then she laughed hysterically. HA! Well, I laughed too, only it just sounded like a big goose honk! That just made it worse. I think I was laughing to keep from crying!
I haven’t had laryngitis since I was a high school cheerleader. So, this is a little awkward. I don’t know why it’s happening. Maybe it’s God’s way of telling me to be quiet for a day or so. Is he sending the ‘Hey Kathy - If you won’t shut up, I’ll shut you up!’ message that I really need to hear? Probably not! Since I’m sure he can read my thoughts, shutting down my voice doesn’t really shut me up. J
Or perhaps it’s Karma. I was really frustrated with an agent this week for a ridiculously low offer, and I decided to hit some tennis balls so I wouldn’t hit her. (smile) But that’s a good thing, right? I didn’t lose my cool with her., I just took it out on the tennis balls. Other than that, I was really sweet this week (smile again!) So… probably NOT Karma.
So, I guess it’s just allergies or a virus or something. But, I’m worried it’s going to last a really long time because I just can’t shut up long enough to give my voice a rest. Asking a chatty person to be quiet is like expecting a child not to call you when you sit down on the potty. It’s Mission Impossible! I shall try my best, though. But in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy making everyone laugh. Even if they are laughing at me, not with me! Minnie Mouse would be proud!