Back still making work (or writing) difficult. Thanks for PMs and messages of support. Will try to write this weekend.
My fellow (insert your nationality here), the only thing we have to fear…is Conrad Verner.
HEALTH: Additional problems with the herniated/bulging disc in the spine. Surgery does not always fix the core problem that caused it to herniate in the beginning. Right now, sitting for long periods of time tends to aggrivate it, and given my IT job, by the time I get done with work I am usually not in a good place to try to sit down and write. I am going to a chiropractor (one who is shorn of idiotic bullshiat like homopathy and goddamned reiki) which has reduced some of the issues, but I may not be back up to full condition for another week or two.
I may (or may not) feel like writing short pieces in Memories, One Single Raindrop, or Lions in Blue and Silver — work is also pretty hectic.
PERSONAL CRAP: My mother gets final analysis done today on whether or not the lung cancer has been blasted into remission (four weeks of chemo and seven of radiation, we can only hope). Obviously how I end up spending the next several months hinges on whether or not she’s healthy or will need to endure more chemo or possibly surgery. I will admit it has been distracting me (along with the back pain) and if she’s healthy I will have a much clearer head.
If not, I don’t know what will go down. While I make a good amount of money, the costs so far have driven me to almost $15,000 on the credit cards with only about $6,000 in the bank. I still have car payments, bills, insurance and my own medical costs to deal with. If I have to start cutting costs or taking a second job that will obviously preclude much more writing.
FAMILY: My family members in France are, for the moment, safe. My cousin was actually going to go to the Eagles of Death Metal show before he sprained his ankle — he might have died if he had gone as planned. Given the insecurity some of them are feeling some have called me to crash in the United States for a while — another distraction.
THE WORK ITSELF: TWCD is going well enough — it has already surpassed ATTWN in reviews, even though it is 100k words shorter at the moment. I have most of the Omega chapters at least outlined, as well as the sections after that.
I have made no progress on any of the documentation works (Cerberus Files, Biotic Encyc, STG Files) because of no time to do any research.
No Single Raindrop, Lions in Blue and Silver, and Memories we Forget to Remember have chapters partially done but no serious work finished on them.
I wouldn’t expect much out of me this week, as I am hoping rest and ice and chiropractic adjustment to the region will calm things down. I am also on-call this week for work, which means I don’t have a lot of time to sit back and write.
Now that you have listened to a bunch of shit no one cares about, here’s what I need from you:
- I have an artist who can do portraits of various OCs — which five do you think should be done first? EX: Dragunov, Cole, Sedanya, Pel, Kyle
- I’m looking for anyone interested in overhauling and polishing up the full text of OSABC I and ATTWN on AO3.
So, having issues again with my back. Except this time I don’t have the money to go to the doctor to have anything done about it.
I will probably therefore experience a writing slowdown. Then again, Fallout 4 is almost here, so none of you will be reading my crap anyway for a few weeks.
I’m about 9600 words into the next chapter…depending on how I feel I might have that done tomorrow or Wednesday, no promises.
Ahern says stop your emo shitfaced crying demanding I update it. 😀
I had teeth extracted last week — looks like more problems with the crown I had done. Had another one extracted yesterday, appearantly the crack in the crown let the roots get infected, even though there is nothing wrong with the tooth itself.
*sighs* So that’s another $1400 down the drain. On top of helping to pay for my mother’s cancer, fixing problems with toilets, water heaters and the calipers on my brakes, I estimate I’ve gone through something like $25,000 since December. Ugh.
Given that, I’m not sure how much time will be devoted to writing for the next few weeks, as I’ll need to put in some extra hours. I did a bit of Naruto writing but only because I’m still having a block on the next part of TWCD.
It’s coming together but the outline I had worked out is not really where I want it so I’m doing some work on that.
Since I wasn’t feeling well, LuckyFK decided to surprise me with some more Trellani, which is (as usual for him) awesomely done. Between that and enough vicodin to bring down Big Boss, I think I’ll be okay to try and write something tomorrow.
Between running my mother to treatments and dealing with increased workload from a merger I’ve been unable to write much of anything, but I’m still around.
I have parts of the next chapter of TWCD done but it’s not anywhere close to ready…maybe by the end of August.
I really appreciate all the comments, emails and PM’s. You guys rock.
Mom has lung cancer, small cell. She’s starting chemo, but … even though they caught it early, it doesn’t look good. I’m trying to be positive, but that’s difficult.
Funny. I really don’t have anyone else left in my life. A few cousins, one of whom I’ve left everything to in my will. Most of my close friends died in Iraq or Afghanistan, or have simply moved on to other things.
Work is taking up a lot of my time. Went in at 7 AM today, just now getting home at fifteen till 9 PM. Not a lot of energy to write.
Still some pain — ankle, knee, shoulder. Back is better. Not sure for how long.
I’ll write again as soon as I get any energy to do so, and when I’m in a more … positive mood.
So far, I have been told the following:
- I have at least one, possibly two bulging discs in my lower spine
- These have caused damage to the sciatic nerve, which is why my right leg is experiencing shooting pains and numbness
- There may be damage to the other nerve as well
- There is a possibility of one of the discs being herniated
- If surgery is needed, the cost will be (with insurance) anywhere from $800 to $12,000. That’s on top of the $2,000 I’m already out due to tests, chiropractic, visits, meds, etc.
So, yay. I have to go in Tuesday for something called a Myelogram with CT Scan. Whatever that is.
At this point I have no idea how long this will take. I could get off lucky, only need endoscopic ‘adjustment’ , be done by the end of next week or the week after and back to normal. Or I could need to have the more heavy duty surgical corrections/replacements/fusions done. Ugh.
If it looks like I’ll be incapacitated for a long period of time (like months) then I’ll probably release the outline drafts of the rest of the works I have and my notes to anyone who thinks they can keep the series going. Otherwise, just pretend this is another random hiatus I’m on.
If pain allows tomorrow (it seems to be a bit better today) I might write something.
Back not much better.
Mostly resting. Haven’t got much writing done. Will resume once I can walk without pain. Thank god for work-from-home.
I appreciate the comments and well-wishes and will hopefully be able to write soon.
I’m apparently going to need to see an additional specialist. The little outpatient surgery thing went fine, but didn’t actually reduce any of the nerve pain, just the lower back pain.
Right now my focus is on getting things at work into some semblance of order. I’ll fiddle with little bits of the story but no idea when the next piece comes out.
Nor am I sure if more intensive surgical stuff will be needed until I meet the specialist, and I don’t have dates for that yet.
In other news, I’m kinda sleepy. Between the 10’s for Vicodin, damn near 1700 mg of naproxen a day, these muscle relaxants, and the stuff they shot me up with, I’m just not very alert or focused.
As far as TWCD goes…
There’s a branch point I’m thinking of. Whether to delve into Shepard psychology and past with chambers, or move straight into the action and the Rise of the Butcher. Tempted to simply close out Arc I and get the action going, but I’m not sure the framework of how Shepard is reacting is set up properly.
Also not sure if the above sentence makes sense. Drugs, lol. Thoughts would be appreciated.