I haven’t really been able to write much in the last six weeks or so… or maybe it’s been more like two months. I’ve been having trouble with my back, and it makes sitting for any amount of time uncomfortable. Workdays are managed through use of painkillers and frequent breaks to stand and walk around, and by the time I make it home, there’s just no way I can sit and type. I have a hard time typing while lying on my back (one of the only positions that is comfortable).
And rather than inspiring words to flow like bottles of good red wine, the drugs are blocking my creative juices like I’ve eaten two pounds of cheese.
I apologize for the previous paragraph.
Anyway, while I haven’t been working on any of my ongoing projects much, I did lay the groundwork for another novel (while I lay flat on the couch!), this time a young adult book with a bit of a supernatural twist. I’ve been kicking this idea around for a while, and I guess it was getting impatient with me. So I endured a bit of pain to sketch out the beginnings of it. This one will be a bit of a stretch for me – the female protagonist isn’t an outcast (in the conventional sense, anyway), and there’s baseball in it! I’m also setting it in small-town East Texas, and I’m relying on my friend Tori to help me fill in the details. She grew up in a town similar to the fictional town in my story.
On top of that, I had yet another idea come to me yesterday, and I really like it. It’s got all of my favorite things (romance, teenagers, nerds), and I’m thinking of using it for National Novel Writing Month this year.
Did I mention that we’re planning to sell our house on national television? I’m sure I’ll have more on that later.
The good news is that I am seeing a neurosurgeon and recently had an epidural injection into my back, which has stopped a lot of the pain so that I can start seeing a physical therapist and get back into the gym. I have high hopes that I can then lose the painkillers and start writing again.
So, that means I:
- am working a full-time job (and hey, I got a promotion!)
- am revising my first novel
- have a half-finished sequel waiting in the wings
- have two more books begging to be written
- will be doing tons of physical therapy
… and all the while, trying to keep up with movies, TV, theater, food, and spend time with my friends. And I should be blogging more as well. Sleep is overrated, right?