Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Price of 11 000 words in Two Days

Well now I've gone and done it. I don't know how I did it, but I did.

I noted on my Facebook page and on Twitter how writing 8 000 words made my fingers ache. The next day, I wrote my regular 3 000. That evening, after I had shut down the computer and left work I began to notice an acute pain in my wrist. It grew steadily worse the (very long because there was a snow storm) bus ride home.

By the time I got home I was in such agony I complained to my sick flatmate. Yeah, she was ill, and I was complaining to her. I'm a terrible, terrible person.

In my defence, my wrist was swollen and it hurt like mad. It honestly feels like I had fallen on it, without ever actually having fallen on it.

It still hurts like mad. I currently have it wrapped tightly in a boxer's wrist wrap, which I typically use for kick boxing. This is in lieu of a proper wrist brace. It's not perfect, but it'll do for now.

The good news is that I can still type. The bad news is that I cannot type fast, and some of the movements involving typing are quite painful. For example, reaching my forefinger to hit the 'y' key.


I should probably take it easy on the writing today. I'll try, but knowing my luck, I'll be so flooded with story that I won't be able to do anything else but! It reminds me of a quote that I read last night from Neil Gaiman:

"When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day."Neil Gaiman

I laughed so hard when I read this because it's so very true. I like this quote so much, it's going right to the quote of the week space at the top of this blog next week.

On that note, the sooner I get today's writing over with, the sooner I can rest my wrist. I should get on that.

Have a lovely Wednesday everyone!


Life intervenes said...

Ignore the pain at your peril, you won't enjoy carpal tunnel. Apply an ice pack now and a heat pack tomorrow, I can vouch for the relief it provides. I get the same thing... AJ

S.M. Carrière said...

Pain refuses to be ignored! Thanks for the advice! I don't have an ice pack at work, but I'll apply one as soon as I get home tonight. That, or stick my hand in the snow!

Carlos J Cortes said...

Owie? Microsoft has a line of keyboards that can be used with your toes. Go on, be a devil, try.

S.M. Carrière said...

Owie is right! I think I might buy one and practice for the next time this happens! My wrist is a little better today. It's still in the brace, though, but it has been steadily getting better.

Brace should be off by Monday.