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.
I’m pretty much reduced to trying to write when my back is not forcing me to lay down at this point. I’ll have to go in and see a doctor Monday (assuming I can get in, maybe Tuesday), as this is now at a point where I’m having to stop and lay down every other hour to get the pain to decrease.
I’ve been working on two chapters at the same time, one for Liara/Telanya and one for Shepard. Based on the feedback, I think I’ll intermix the two approaches — one Sheppy chapter, then a cutaway chapter to someone else. That should satisfy everyone.
A reader is planning on starting up a ME themed role-playing session incorporating some of the stuff from my background. I think that’s a pretty neat idea, and I’ve been giving some thought to maybe trying to run a campaign online like that. There’s enough online tools (voice chat and cams, online tabletops and dice-sets and the like) that it could be done remotely, although I don’t know how many people would be interested in such a thing.
My goals for this year are as follows:
- Finish up the Encyclopedia Biotica
- Take a stab at putting together some kind of document to cover all the technological changes and additions I’ve made.
- Complete the Batarians and maybe the Quarians in the Cerberus Files
- Finish No Single Raindrop and maybe Lions.
- Probably copy the series over to AO3
- Have someone do edits on OSABC and ATTWN to clean up the grammar and work on more rewrites of OSABC’s earlier chapters.
- See the series get more attention on TVTropes
Time for more Vicodin.
Back is … quite a bit worse. Pain is localized sometimes to the very lower back, or sometimes travels down my right leg. When I lay down it stops, calms down when I walk to some degree. Hurts when I sit or just out of the blue. Heat and cold, TENS and massage , nothing really helps.
On 500 mg of naproxen and 300 of vicodin, which isn’t doing much but taking the edge off.
Working on the Liara piece, but I’m still having to deal with on-call stuff from work, so I doubt I’ll get it done this weekend — but I could be wrong. After Liara, should I do a back to Shepard piece, or a roundtable of some other characters (Anderson, von Grath, Delacor, etc)?
Ideas welcome. Home back pain remedies and sympathetic hugs from fangirls also welcome :p
Back is acting up pretty bad, and I’m on-call at work this week, both of which have derailed my update speed.
Working on the Garrus intro first. The prologue will have quite a few chapters as I set up the stage, before getting back to Shepard.
I’m going to make everyone hate Aria almost as much as they hate the Systems Alliance. But not ham-handedly. You should, in a way, feel sorry for Aria, once the whole story comes out.
I’ve been thinking it’s time to seriously overhaul and expand this thing. Break out each of the five ‘schools’ into more detailed explanations, create more information how biotic powers can be blended, how biotic explosions work, and more biotic and anti-biotic technology.
I’m interested in what YOU want to see in the Encyclopedia. After all if you bother to follow this place you are part of the team that helps OSABC grow.
Or should I focus on finishing ATTWN?
SECOND BIG QUESTION: I’ve put a poll up on my profile at FF.net (which is not showing, but eventually will) about possible names for the ME2 piece.
The choices are :
That Which Cannot Die
The Sexual Adventures of Shepard With Naked Thane (only Progman should select this one)
Let me know which one you like.
Oh, Shepard honey, I’mma kill you so hard.
The absolute best part of writing this fic has to be drawing together all the lines and plots so that it is conceivable that no one could see what is happening without an omniscient view, without it becoming some kind of uber-conspiracy.
The second best part is the slow realization that if Shepard died bad in canon, there is no telling what kinds of atrocity will be inflicted on her in the Premiseverse.
It’s coming, dear readers. And it’s going to be bad. My goal in the next segment of chapters is to reduce even Progman to crying.
I haven’t ever done this on the blog before, but sometimes you have to:
RED78910’s “Mass Effect: The Unsung War” is getting none of the attention it deserves, which causes me to haz a sad.
Sads are more likely make me haz a writing stoppage. REVIEW. HIS. WORK. :D
That is all.
I blame the internet. Also, I blame Lu Bu.
More seriously, I should have the next chapters :
– OF ATTWN : by tonight or tomorrow
– OF ANN INTERVIEW: By tomorrow
– OF STG REPORTS: This weekend
– OF NO SINGLE RAINDROP: End of the month
– OF THE CERBERUS FILES: HAHAH Not soon , hit big snags in Batarian research.
My personal situation is not exactly getting better, as since I make just enough to not qualify for any kind of subsidies, the cost of insurance, prescriptions and just basic living is eating at my savings.
Thus a lot of the highly disposable income I once had is not so disposable anymore. That means, for all of 2015, I will probably only commission one artwork (either from Armesan or NikitaStewart)
It’s a toss up between three choices:
1) The Wedding of Sara and Liara and the Processional of Blades
2) The Final Moment of Benezia
3) A series of colorless sketches for Dragunov, Branson, Tetrimus, and other characters.
Interested in people’s thoughts.
I haven’t gotten around to final review or posting yet, but there will be two new updates to the OSABC line up in the next week or so.
First up is due to a request from AlsoKnownAsMatt, the ANN Media Archive. This will be mostly story-based interviews (as opposed to Westerlund style, text only transcripts) with Emily Wong and various people in the story as it moves along. The first interview will be that of Emily and Shepard when Shep announces her marriage to Doctor T’Soni. The second will most likely be Wong’s interview with Liara in the immediate aftermath of Shepard’s death.
The other new feature will be the STG Files : Benezia Incident, a pack of STG related stuff — profiles on OC’s and modified minor canon characters, STG backstory and investigations into Saren and Benezia, and some ideas of what Benezia and Saren were up to prior to ME1. Like the Cerberus Files, the STG Files is told from an in-universe perspective, but the writers are not all terrorist racist nutjobs, so it’s far more unbiased than a Season of Sorrows Unending.
If you guys and gals who read this have any more ideas, comment and let me know.