Niki Taylor, Freelance Writer and Researcher

September 19, 2008

“Monk”ey Business

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My temporary job ended at the end of July, and I will reapply for it at the end of October. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy. In early October, I will be taking a trip to the mountains. In mid-October, I will be “attending” the Muse Writing Conference.
It is an online writing conference featuring different panels. I’ve heard about it for years and am excited to “attend”. I really need a writing boost. I’ve been trying to write during my break, but it’s been slow going.

Currently, I’m reading Mr. Monk Goes to Germany by Lee Goldberg. It is a series of books based on the television show Monk on the USA Network. Adrian Monk is a detective who has obsessive-compulsive disorder. The OCD makes him highly sensitive to his environment which works out well in solving murders but not in his everyday life. While he can find clues the other police officers can’t, his oversensitivity leads to phobias and other hang-ups. The book is written from the point of view of his assistant because Monk would not be able to get past the first paragraph for overanalyzing it.
I can relate to Monk because I too have OCD. While I’m not a detective, I have an oversensitivity to the world around me which I try to relay through writing. OCD is more than just worrying about germs and washing hands. The book gives a good explanation: “They(OCD sufferers) interact with the world in an entirely different way than you and I do. They observe the way we live instead of living the way we do.” We will be fine as long we observe the world in helpful ways(crime fighting and writing) and not in self-destructive ways.


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