I have a problem with bioarchitecture and the flow of work. Well, okay, yes, I like living buildings, and the ability to manipulate matter in ways that look like magic but the reader is *sure* are just a sufficiently advanced science. Too much Michael Whelan and other such fantastical paintings in my youth!
But I also have a problem with my carpal tunnels, and the tendons that pass through them. It’s a problem with being a geek who’s done plenty of manual labour, and well past the age when the warranty runs out, and imperfect ergonomics. When I set a challenge earlier this year to write every day, I didn’t think about what the lack of downtime would do to tetchy joints.
I got a book out of it!
…I also got to wear my braces every day, and hurt.
So this month I’ve been trying to take off writing entirely, and let my wrists heal. Of course, I work on the computer for Day Job, and I type on a chat with friends, and thumb-type to text friends, and… with Kung Flu, my social life involves a lot of keyboarding. “Rest and heal” is more difficult than it first appeared.
Obviously, I need to spend more time reading (While holding the kindle ergonomically!) in order to no be typing, right? This should be easy… or I could find that there are 10 million books on Amazon and nothing I wanted to read. I’m sure the utterly awesome perfect book for me is out there, I just keep finding meh to good to thrown across room books.
Well, I can start researching stuff, right? I want to be better at openings, engaging readers from the first line. Okay,so, start working my thorough a couple resources from books to videos (Yes, three at a time. Or 4. Or… I don’t suffer from ADHD, no, I’m perfectly normal for me! Don’t most people have six youtube videos/podcasts/nonfiction books open that can’t hold their attention, but they want to finish, so they try to cycle through?)
I went into this hoping to learn, and maybe even write a sequel to a short story I wrote. Instead, my brain started going “Self, remember that story you have tried writing and rewriting for 3 years, and finally gave up and stuck on the scraps pile last year? Yeah, this right here, this explains what’s wrong with it. You can dig that out and fix it…
Damn it, between all my little lapses of writing down scenes that are random and scattered to get them out of my head and this, I’m only going to manage to not write for about 15 days this month, and I’m not healed yet and the main character is grumbling gently in the back of my head about what caliber for dragon, and…
Not Writing is harder than it looks!