When you write for a living, both in your day job and on the side, a minor injury that limits your time on a keyboard can sideline you a lot longer than seems reasonable. I’m a pretty gung ho person with both a high tolerance for pain and a solid work ethic, which means sitting still and doing nothing seems impossible.
I tend to go until I suddenly can’t go. In the past, this has led to worse injuries and longer recovery times. I can’t imagine having let this go, even though it seems ridiculous, really, that something so small could have such an effect. But it has.
A pinched nerve at the base of my neck has reduced my computer time to no more than five hours a day, all of which are allocated to my day job at the moment. It makes working on the side project difficult, but I get some time in on the weekend, and sometimes in the evenings, depending how everything is feeling.
Of course, then I had to come down with this cold that’s getting passed around. I got up on Monday with a throat that felt like someone had taken a blow torch to it. It’s a little better today, but we have the added fun of a chesty cough and nasal congestion.
Still, life goes on. Currently I am working on a giveaway. You can enter by clicking here.
Right now it has a signed copy of Through Shade and Shadow and In Gathering Shade, a Starbucks gift card, a postcard from someplace here in the SF Bay area that I love, and today I will be adding something new. Each day that there is a new entry, I reach into the prize box in my closet and add something new. You can enter every day. Odds are good too, right now I have two people who have made multiple entries and that’s all. Entries open until 11/15.
Okay, I should stop stealing time from the day job’s 5 hours and get back to it. Happy Wednesday, Readers!