Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hurting

So, no sooner had things started to get to normal (or something resembling it) after Hurricane Michael passed through, than I seriously tore a muscle in my hip/lower back and ended up rather incapacitated this past month. A week of hardly getting out of bed followed by one hobbling about with a cane, has given way gradually to my regular routine, albeit with a certain amount of pain and soreness.

What was perhaps most frustrating was the discomfort involved in sitting long in any position, making writing difficult (or at least painful). My fantasy novel-in-progress has not progressed very much but I know I’ll get to it. In the mean time, I putter about at this and that. I can even exercise some now though I must be careful not to put too much pressure or weight on the injured area. No dead-lifts for a while! They seem to give the most pain (and quite possibly are how I hurt myself, though I do not recall any one moment it happened). Short hiking and biking expeditions were possible this week. Those will get longer.

I had the same injury three years ago with much the same results. Oddly, I know exactly how I tore it that time — I was prying an old turbine loose from the roof. Apparently I have a vulnerable spot and will always have to take care. Maybe I fell on the hip too many times when young and into skateboarding, or maybe it’s just how I’m put together. It doesn’t matter much at this point.

As far as the next novel goes, I’m only like 4000 words into it. That would be ‘The Crocodile God,’ sequel to ‘The Crocodile’s Son.’ What I have dubbed the Crocodile Chronicles runs parallel to my Sajam Saga. The second of those, ‘The Jewels of the Elements,’ is due to come out in February of this coming year. That is the sequel to ‘The Eyes of the Wind’ where I introduced Qala, the former pirate queen, who is protagonist of the Crocodile series. I know where the story is going so it’s largely a matter of settling down — if I can get myself reasonably comfortable — and writing it out.

Both of these series are pretty much going to stop at two novels. At least for some time — if and when I return to them, the story will be taken up decades later and there may be some convergence of the two. Lots of other projects to concern myself with first, and both series will stand quite well as they are. Or will when I finish the WIP.

NOTE: this was written more than a week ago but the satellite internet has been down most of the time since. Finally a chance to post!

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