So, I was all set to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I’ve finished the third re-writes for the book, and sent it into the hands of my trusty editor, so there is nothing I can do with it at the moment. I need a project. I have to be involved in something. I can’t just sit around with nothing to work on! NaNo Camp sounded like the obvious solution. Except for one little bitty thing. One thing I do not even want to talk about, because talking about it means it’s real. I need a break from the computer. I need a break from the six hour all night long typing marathons. I need a break from the scribbling pages and pages of yellow legal pad. Why? Well, I’ve had some issues on and off through the years with a shoulder injury. No big deal. So it flares up every now and again, nothing to worry about. I had one of those flare ups about two months ago. It hasn’t let up. Oh, the worst of the pain got better, but an ache settled in that never goes away. It’s been a constant for two months. Carrying things have become problematic, having to keep my arm lifted over my head for more than a second or two has become an issue. The pain is now radiating down my back and up my neck. My arm and fingers tingle. I can’t knit more than a row or two before the ache in my shoulder becomes almost unbearable. And what do you know, all this typing? You would think I’m only using my fingers, NOT my shoulder, but no, somehow it is aggravating the problem. So — whether I like it or not, I’m taking a bit of a break while the book is being looked over by other people’s eyes. Yes, I also have a doctor’s appointment to find out to what extent I’ve further damaged myself. For the time being, I am doing my best to take things easy.
So– if I get behind on my blogging, or if my Facebook page isn’t sparkling with excitement for a while, I’m backing up and trying to come up with a feasible schedule that will allow me to do what I love to do AND rest my shoulder! No fun, I’m not amused. I also do not like being a whiner, so I’m not going to do that anymore, either.
Blessed Light, Cleansing Rain passed the second beta reader and their feedback was invaluable. They pointed out a few issues to me, while I was pleased that they said they thoroughly enjoyed the story and that it definitely kept them turning pages. Nice! I am able to use the advice both my beta readers had to make my manuscript better and to fill the gaps that I’d left behind. The book now rests in the hands of my trusty editor. When they are done, I will address the problems they find, look at their suggestions and work on finishing the book and making it as good it can be. Still on target for a September release, so I’m happy about that.
Now, this isn’t really useless information, but I’ll have to do a follow up post on this one in a bit. Lovely blogger CeeLee, who hangs out at her blog, Swim in the Adult Pool, has nominated my blog for a Liebster Award! Gee, thanks CeeLee! I’m flattered!! I am not really great at all things technical, so I will do a follow up post on this in a few days with appropriate links to CeeLee’s blog, and when I do, you have to visit, you really do. This lady is funny. I’ve enjoyed her blog for quite a while now, and can’t wait to share it with you. I’m learning the ins and outs of the Liebster and that post will be up as quickly as I can get it finished. So stay tuned for that!!
Okay, I’m sitting here typing with an ice pack on my shoulder and I think it has frozen my brain, so forgive me if this isn’t as put together and well written as it should be. I’ll follow up in a couple days, meanwhile, hope everyone has a great weekend!
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