Monday, July 15, 2013

July 2013 #writemotivation Update 3

So, a couple days ago, this happened.
My wrist has been sore for a while, but recently the stiffness turned into pain. It's to the point where I can't write by hand without pain (which I generally only do when writing shopping lists) and I can't fold laundry. Certain movements hurt. I have a doctor's appointment Tuesday. We'll see what he says. I've been wearing the splint for a week and it hasn't improved. I've also been icing it and taking anti-inflammatories.

The theory is that I hurt it at Wifey's bday party. We went to someplace called PowerPlay and I was using this mallet to try and ring a bell. I'd never been able to do that before, but this time I did. I only got 40 "tickets" out of breaking the top score. My thumb was sore from how hard I was hitting the strike plate (I was jumping in the air to hit it) and I ignored it (like the man I am). It was sometime after (maybe a couple days? I can't remember) that I noticed my wrist was stiff.

It got worse when I was getting out of bed one night to use the bathroom. My bed has high sides because it used to be a waterbed (got it on Craigslist so who knows). Anyway, I was pushing off the side to stand up and my wrist buckled. Which hurt (obviously). It's been getting worse and worse since that point.

The good news is that I can still type!

So here are my goals:
  1. Try to write every day or do something involving writing (really didn’t do that in June and ended up flopping around like a dying goldfish) So far so good! Into chapter 3 and I just sent what I had to my wonderful CP, Bonnie, to see what she thinks.
  2. Finish up my critiques. So this is done. I've scheduled a follow up skype session with the winner of my #fundsforFeaky auction.
  3. Cheer my #writemotivation pals on. Still a little quiet on this, but I'm still doing it. Lots of awesome things happening for people and accomplishing their goals.
Also this last week, I got to go see one of my favorite authors, Tessa Gratton, talk about her new book The Lost Sun. I'm so excited to read this book. In addition to talking about writing, her new book, etc. She read part of her favorite book (and what really inspired her to write) Beowulf. Her version had the old English and Modern translation. It was also translated by a poet so it's more lyrical. Most translations make it prose and they lose the lyrical beauty. Anyway, from the part she read, I totally want to read it now (the version she had and not a prose one).

This isn't the best picture, but she moves around a lot when she's talking and I had to take the picture three times (and then my phone died). Anyway, if you haven't read any of her books, I highly recommend them.

After the discussion where she answered some really awesome questions, she had a book signing. I need to take a picture of what she wrote in my book. It's a continuation of what she wrote when she signed my copy of Blood Magic (her first book and my first experience with YA paranormal...like ever). In that copy (that I swear I have a picture of somewhere), she wrote "To that psycho freak who stalks me on Twitter." In my copy of The Lost Sun, she wrote "Still Stalking Me!".

I'll take pictures and post later because it's awesome. The reality is I don't stalk her, but I do admire her. She's an amazing writer and a wonderful person. I've had the opportunity to hang out with on multiple occasions. She is a local author and we are both part of a group of Kansas authors that meets regularly.

The last thing that happened this week was #PitchMAS. I wasn't going to participate because Hate Jacket is with my mentor agent. But, I decided to anyway. I ended up with three requests. One has been sent out, the other two will be soon. I did pitch my two picture books, but nobody seemed interested. Either I wasn't pitching them well enough or I wasn't pitching them when the few people interested in picture books were watching. It was a long shot on those two, but I tried.

'Till Next Time.

14 comments:

  1. Ew! I hope the doc doesn't say carpal tunnel, but, I bet the tendons could have been strained pretty badly. Either way, big hurt. >.< I hope it is the minor of the two.

    Good going on the goals! Keep it up. =^.^=

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    1. Thanks. I hope it's easily dealt with too.

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  2. Ugh, I hope your wrist feels better soon! I nearly twisted my ankle really bad at my parent's house yesterday, and it didn't start bother me at all until this morning. Now I can feel it all the up into my hip. So, I understand your frustration!

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    1. Ugh! Sorry to hear about your ankle. Hope it feels better soon!

      We'll see what the doctor says.

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  3. Eeesh! That's REALLY not good about your wrist. Hope it turns out to be something easily fixed.

    And congratulations on your three requests! That's fantastic! *Internet fist-bump* *and confetti*

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    1. Thanks! We'll see what the doctor says.

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  4. You can still write and that's all that matters! ;)

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    1. Yup! And even if I couldn't type, there are a lot of options (such as Dragon Naturally Speaking). :D

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  5. So sorry to hear about your wrist! Hopefully it's not permanent. Doesn't sound like repetitive stress so that's pretty positive. Just hope it's only a sprain! Those heal! :D

    Love the comments Tess wrote in your books!! AWE-MAZING!! :D

    <3 cookies and DinoFlails!

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    1. Let's hope! The concern I have is that it is getting worse, not better. We'll see.

      And yes, Tessa is awesome and funny. The reason she wrote that first one is that I introduced myself to one of her writer friends as that creepy pyscho that stalks her on twitter.

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  6. Oh noes! Sorry to hear about your wrist! Hope it's just a sprain.

    Amazing jobs on your goals!

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    1. It isn't serious, but it might require surgery to repair. It's a Ganglion Cyst.

      And thank you! :D

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  7. I have horrible wrists, so I know how you feel. When I go on my writing sprees... I have to rest for days afterward to recuperate my stupid wrists lol

    Hope yours gets better. And Keep at those goals. <3

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