Sunday - Today I paid the price for my celebrations. I felt a bit groggy from Saturday's treats, but my back started hurting, too. Okay, that was probably due to reaching, twisting and lifting involved in getting the inventory ready at the bookstore to go to the convention. Unlike previous episodes, this didn't hurt, much, if I kept my alignment. But my lower back felt unstable, as if leaning or bending was going to cause Very Bad Things. This made me nervous, but wasn't going to keep me from going to the write-in at Papaccino's. I was amused that of the group (sanguinity, grrlpup, kr8vkat, ghostiee, recoveringmale, The Librarian and me), I was the only one without an Electronic Writing Device. My tools were a Bic pen and a Mead spiral-bound notebook (don't think I'm claiming any Moral Superiority by writing longhand; I would have happily taken Mr. Laptop, but he doesn't travel well).
A final word about the book store, just for the record:
It is the BEST BOOK STORE ON EARTH.
My job is the BEST JOB A PERSON COULD HAVE.
My boss is THE BEST BOSS EVER.
My co-worker is THE MOST ADMIRABLE PERSON I HAVE EVER KNOWN, THE PERSONIFICATION OF ALL HUMAN VIRTUES.
Monday - My back was still tentative, so the highlight of my day was doing five sessions with an ice pack. I felt fine if I was lying down, so most of the icing protocol happen as I was lying in bed, writing this week's newsletter. I wrote TWO week's worth of horoscopes (figuring it's no harder to predict the future two weeks out as one week ahead) and the already legendary "Ghost Mathematician" letter. holyhippie called to ask about the Solstice Holiday Ritual, and I totally spaced wishing him a happy birthday. Later, I emailed him salutations with a picture of an adorable kitten, maintaining my Good Brother status.
Tuesday - Assembled Comic 31 in the morning, doing the ice-pack ritual again, almost finished before it was time to go to the chiropractor. Felt a bit achy after being adjusted, but not nearly as much at risk. (So I don't keep you in suspense, I've been feeling better and better since. Thanks.) I'll spare you the details of shopping and other errands, skipping forward to the evening: The NaNo Write-In! I had a great time, even if I didn't write more than a thousand words. I visited with sanguinity and grrlpup before they left for the opera, took pictures of a Librarian Action Figure, provided by The Librarian (who has referred to the figure as "the smaller librarian," to my great amusement), and chatted with nmaki, kr8vkat, and other NaNo friends.
Wednesday - Still took things easy today. Typed in the chapter I wrote at Tuesday's Write-In. Picked up an eBay win: a 12" James Bond action figure (Pierce Brosnan, from "Goldeneye"). I figured I should have a backup figure. If what I read on the Internet is true, the figure I'm using has some of the best articulation, but is designed to be kept in the box, or set up in a pose and left there for long periods. So all the poses I've been doing may cause his joints to get all floppy. I may get an understudy for Kari, and perhaps Trevor, too.
Thursday - Spent all morning working on Comic 32, and didn't finish until 2:00. Didn't have the strength to write, so I put together Comic 33, which took just over an hour, as it used images from Comics #32 and #15. So I've got comics ready through November 18th! (Yay!) But I don't have a finished script past that! (Oh, no!) It's a good thing I don't have to go to work, I need to work on the next few months of scripts as well as the comics, the weekly letters, the horoscopes and the novel.
I filed to restart my unemployment claim today, so technically I'm looking for work again. But with all this writing going on, where will I find the time?