Sunday, October 15, 2006

I Hurt My Back

I hurt myself!

I was picking up the Faery to put her in her high chair, and somehow I twisted my back or something but it hurts. I don't think the time I've been spendng at the computer in the cheap typists' chair we bought a couple of months ago has been helping it either.

But I'm pleased to say my WIP is currently at just over 53k words! I'm over halfway done, yay! And quite pleased with the progress so far. The other day I printed it out. Since I ended up taking just over a week off from it, through no fault of my own, I'd lost the flow of it a little and had started to feel like I was just writing a list of events. Does anyone else ever get that?

Anyway. I typed it out so I could read through it, make some notes, and get a sense of it as a whole, was it cohesive, etc. And guess what? I really think it's pretty good!

Of course, my CP has bee telling me this all along.

And oh, gee, speaking of her...her first EC novel was released a couple of days ago. You should all rush over to the EC site and buy Enchanted by Anna J Evans. Do it now. I'll still be here when you're done.

Aside from that there isn't much to report. The Princess was ill and it's getting cold. Our heater isn't working, either. We have radiators, and I guess it all works from the water heater. But our water heater fo som reason isn't as full as it should be. It wasn't a big deal when it was just the radiators, because although the temperature is dropping it's generally warm enough inside (plus we have a gas fire in the living room, which I hate. I mean, I love fires. I just don't like fake fires. So many homes here have them, and I don't get it. Although far worse are the old houses, with big huge fireplaces, and in the middle of them is a little metal box for a real fire. WHY? There's like a dozen square feet of empty space and this little one-by-one tray to build your fire on, and it's connected to the chmney so you couldn't build a bigger fire if you wanted to. I don't get it at all. I understand not necessarily wanting to fill the enitre fireplace with wood and having a bonfire in your living room [although I love fire so part of me thinks that would be really cool] but if you're going to build a separate thing for the logs, why not make it at least a little bigger? Say, three-by-three, big enough for more than one log at a time? It's one of the many things about homes in Englad that I just don't understand, right up there with why there are no electric outlets in bathrooms or why there aren't screens on the windows. Or air conditioning. But I digress.)

Anyway, today our water heater started refusing to heat water either. We switched on the backup one upstairs in the airing cupboard, so there seems to be hot water again, but I'm afraid to take a shower because I think the water will go all cold on me while I still have conditioner in my hair. And especially with a sore back, that would not be good.

So now you know. I'm filthy, my back hurts, and it's cold. What a fantastic post I've done today!

You know what's a lot more interesting than reading about my sad, hot-water-free existence, though?

Anna J Evans' book 'Enchanted'!


Robyn said...

Back pain sucks. I know you feel as if you've automatically aged twenty years. You're getting to take some good painkillers, though, right?

December Quinn said...

You know, I didn't even think of that? I have some Percocet, I should take it huh? Duh.

Sam said...

Oh no!!!
I hope your back feels better soon. My friend has a herniated disk and it's agony if she annoys it too much. (she has to be so careful with her back)
I go to yoga and sort mine out like that (yoga is quite amazing for minor back pain)
Be careful how you pick up heavy objects - don't ever bend over - keep your back perfectly straight.

I wish we had a fireplace that worked in my house. We have fireplaces in every room, and not one is in working order! Argh!

Bernita said...

Mother said there would be days like this. She didn't mention there might be weeks!

Anonymous said...

Things usually come in cycles, so just hang in there. The valleys in life make the hills so much better. -JTC

December Quinn said...

Most older houses here have the non-working firepleaces, too, Sam. I just don't get it! Especially the ones that put candles and stuff in there. I do love having a working fireplace, though, even if it's just a gas fire.

So true, Bernita! At least they fixed the water heater this morning!

Indeed they do, JTC. Now we have heat they're already looking up, and my back isn't so bad today.

Erik Ivan James said...

That's what husbands are for:
1. To massage your sore back;
2. Keep hot water heaters 'n things in good repair; and,
3. Give you a nice-nice warm sponge bath when he doesn't feel like fixing the hot water heater.

Isabella Snow said...

Hope you are feeling better!

Woohoo on the WIP!

Anonymous said...

I went into your web page and the U.S. has a government warning children of online preditors. What kind of smut do you publish.

You back hurting is Karma coming back to you.

December Quinn said...


Oh my, oh, I can't stop laughing...

There's no smut on my website, dipshit, and if the link to didn't tip you off as to how I feel about people who prey on children, you're even dumber than your atrocious spelling makes you look.

cyn said...

feel better! i am always hurting myself somehow or other as well. the kids are big but they still want to snuggle some times. i am looking foward to the english cold during crimbo. heh. actually, i wouldn't mind if i didn't have to go and buy winter clothes for everyone!

S. W. Vaughn said...

Oh no!! You hurt yourself! Feel better soon!

Everyone go read December's Black Dragon excerpts right this minute. They are awesome! :-)

Jenn on the Island said...

Oh, no! I hope you're feeling better D.

As for heat, yeah, it's getting chilly on the island too. But I have real fire in my living room.

It's contained in an air tight stove, but it's real wood burning and makes the rain smell lovely. Plus, hubby looks cute with an axe.