If you can see the image… that’s pretty much my life right now. And before we get started… this is an update blog, and a little bit of a vent.
I hate unsolicited medical advice. Don’t comment with it.
The ouch came at a bad time, considering I am fighting to finish Destiny in any sort of reasonable time. It really did.
What I thought, initially, was a pinched ulnar nerve. Some tingling in the forearm, half my hand, and two fingers… had revealed itself to be a bit more complicated. To give you an idea of how long I’ve had hand-tingling… I think this is day 8? Long enough that I’ve actually lost count, the days sort of blending together.
As I do when I am presented with something wrong with my body, I attempt to please everyone before trying to heal. All I’ve wanted is to finish Destiny.
With the tingling, like I could still type. Whatever.
Well, it’s not the ulnar nerve. It’s coming from the shoulders and spine. Oh yeah, that big bad word, the spine. It’s a nerve issue, no doubt. I won’t give a “real diagnosis” or anything here. It’s certainly a nerve issue, though.
I’ll be fine. For those who don’t know, this is not the first time I’ve unknowingly messed up my back. This time is more of a mysterious than my previous spinal trouble. i herniated a disc in the lumbar region at 16. I played lots of sports at the time. I truly don’t know what caused it this time. I promise, I’ll take it easy on my back. If this becomes a substantial issue, well, the future blog posts will continue to let you know what’s happening.
Warning for the future, just to make sure it’s all very clear:
Clearly, this could impact writing schedules, especially for full length novels.
I find myself being find for shorter periods of time before the pain really sets in. Not normal soreness but real pain. Long books are a constant drain over days and days. But I can’t stop writing. This means… I have to be smart. If it comes to pass this isn’t clearing up, I will look at the main release schedule first. Give myself more time on the looooong projects, because they will be the most stress. It’s not the same writing a 10k short and a 100k book. It’s just not. The 100k book is a daily, repetitive injury over weeks. The 10k short is a few days. See where I’m going with this?
(Patreon’s launch will be unaffected or I will throw myself into Kaliya’s desert and refuse to come back. I live right next to it.)
But nothing is going to change right now. This is just an update. Because here’s the vent thing:
I fucking hate changing my schedule. I fucking hate not being able to write when I really want to. This is coming right as I was getting back into the swing of things after the holiday.
So you can bet, I’m going to do as much as I can to make sure this resolves and keep it from coming back in the future.