Ishness of a February Variety

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Good day! Time for another round of Ishness… πŸ™‚

LIFE

I’ll get to the writing/reading/etc. categories in a little while, but first, I actually had quite a lot going on the “life” front during February, which is odd for me. πŸ˜‰

The main thing that happened was halfway through the month I injured my back, which has accounted for my trying to be on the computer/internet less since it seems to do better when I’m not doing that. If I’ve been somewhat less active on the interwebs of late, that would be why.

It’s funny how we take things like moving for granted! I’m very thankful now to be able to move. For a couple of days there I could hardly get around at all and hobbled around with a cane and everything — I felt exactly like Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle, suddenly old! XD (Howl’s Moving Castle makes everything better, including hurt backs and colds. ;)) So if you can move around, remember what a blessing it is, okay? I’m already forgetting and need to try to remember. It’s so good to be able to move! πŸ™‚

It’s been a very interesting experience, and made me slow down and think, which is always a good thing in this hectic life we lead, always dashing about with to-do lists and not stopping to breathe.

But it’s made me realize I need to re-prioritize my life and put health/exercise/looking after myself first. I can’t just live on my computer, apparently, since that’s largely what made me hurt my back.

I’ve been reading some books by a fellow named Pete Egoscue, on using certain stretches and exercises to end chronic pain without drugs or surgery and fix the musculoskeletal system. He makes a very compelling case for many of the health problems and chronic pain going on today being due to a sort of alignment dysfunction of the human body brought on by a lack of varied motion, in this “civilized” world that doesn’t require us to move. It may sound odd but it makes a TON of sense.

I’m still reading through them, but I can’t recommend his books highly enough. Pete Egoscue is AMAZING. The exercises in his book Pain Free got me back on my feet quickly, and I only had a couple of days of extreme pain. Between his books and exercises, prayer, and an amazing family looking after me, as well as a good deal of patience (NOT my strong point… it’s been interesting) I’m happy to say I’m nearly normal again. Yay!

I don’t usually talk about “real”, “important” subjects on my blog, like health and opinions and things, striving usually to just stay on the happy/safe end of the spectrum with things like books and writing and music and movies. But pain is a serious thing, a serious motivator, and I’m quite blown away by Pete Egoscue’s books and simply had to tell the world about them. I’m still doing the exercises for my back, but hope to eventually move on to ones that are supposed to “fix” the structural alignment and help provide a life of motion to prevent future injuries/chronic pain of this kind.

It’s going to be a journey, and one that I know many people (including myself) feel they don’t have time for. But I don’t have time to stop my life for a week due to pain, either. I may say more on this in the future, but in the meantime, I highly recommend his books Pain Free (which I haven’t finished reading), and Pain Free at Your PC (which I read in its entirety since, after all, for a couple days there I couldn’t do much besides lie in bed and read… my back was helpful like that. ;)).

But it wasn’t all bad, this month of February! I also managed to do some fun things, even after the whole back fiasco, which I’m super thankful for being better enough to do.

For one thing, I made it to a library booksale, which is always fun, and found a smallish stack of books.

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And I had the chance to go to a writer’s workshop held by Christian YA Fantasy/Thriller author Jamie Foley, speaking on writing, self-publishing, marketing, etc. It was extremely fascinating and Jamie herself was super sweet, funny, and informative.

WRITING

KW2coverPI was supposed to get back into writing during February, after my month off from writing in January… But this month arrived and I realized I had no idea where to START. I was trying to decide what story to work on and consequently got hardly anything done, just editing a couple chapters of The Secret of Kedran’s Wood

Then with the whole back thing and suddenly spending a bare minimum of time on the computer, writing just suddenly wasn’t a priority anymore, and I gave myself permission to relax on that front as well.

OHEcoverWith the consequence that, since computer time was precious, I actually got around to starting The Other Half of Everything! I’ve written snippets before (over 6K words of them…) but hadn’t officially “started” it with an opening and everything. So I did that. Which is most exciting! Even if it was only 400 words, at least I “started” it! ^_^

But what with everything else going on, a couple of edited chapters and a page of OHE is something to be proud of, so I’m pretty happy with the pitifully small amount of writing I got done in February. πŸ˜›

INTERVIEWED

The last day of February (I told you it was for leaping!) I was interviewed by Heidi Peterson! Some fascinating questions there that I had a ton of fun answering — check it out if you haven’t. πŸ™‚

READING

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I read 12 books in February… quite an odd bunch, as you can see!

I was thrilled to find the Jackaby books at my library, and read them both, plus the free Kindle novella, all in a week… I’m rather addicted, and very excited about the next book, coming in August — which just had the cover revealed! *flails*

Also, can I take a moment to say: R. F. Jackaby himself TALKED TO ME ON TWITTER. *dies of fangirl feels overload* (Yes, he’s on Twitter. Yes, this is the coolest thing I’ve heard in a long time.)

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It was the best thing EVER.

I also took part in the Fantasy Love February Reading Challenge held by Grace Mullins @ Fictionally (and she just won a place in the Five Magic Spindles collection! Yay! :)) so it was fun to read some more fantasy for a change, even if I didn’t get to everything I planned to read.

And, as I mentioned, Pain Free at Your PC by Pete Egoscue, which is amazing.

I should have another Reading Roundup over on my book blog soonish, talking about all the books… Speaking of which…

ON MY BOOK BLOG IN FEBRUARY

LISTENING TO…

Blessings” by Laura Story. (And, to be honest, still Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Danny Gokey. What can I say. The obsession runs deep. I adore it. <3) Both have been apt for this chapter in my life. Sometimes life has clouds and it’s hard to keep going when it’s hard to remember that there are sunbeams… somewhere…

(There were also large amounts of Silly Wizard music consumed and re-consumed on Youtube, but that’s not unusual…)

WATCHING

Occasional episodes of Jeeves & Wooster, since I found a few at the library sale. So much fun! (I still love P.G. Wodehouse’s books better, but the episodes are quite different and still hilarious, in a different sort of way.) Bertie and Jeeves are a great pair and their actors are just perfectly hilarious together.

AROUND THE INTERNET

I haven’t had this category before, and I don’t know how good I’ll be at keeping up with it in the future, but here are a few things that went on or are going on around the internet recently or soonish.

MARCH PLANS

I… don’t really know what my March plans are. Aside from a few books to read for beta or review, which looks to keep me busy, nothing else is set in stone… I hope to do some writing of some kind, but we’ll see what happens. I’d love to read some Diana Wynne Jones books but might be too busy… I may try to keep my computer time down, and I’ll be trying to figure out a new outlook on life involving exercise and actually taking care of myself — novel concept, right? πŸ˜‰

I’ll also be attempting to survive Daylight Savings Time this week. …Ahem.

How was your February and what are your March plans? πŸ™‚

I’ll just leave you with this. XD

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25 thoughts on “Ishness of a February Variety

  1. I’m so sorry to see you had such problems with your back! Glad the exercises are helpful, and hope you’re able to enjoy better days without pain. And I can totally see where we are a society who doesn’t move much. Honestly, as ridiculous as the people on Disney/Pixar’s film Wall-E were, it’s not hard to imagine people being like that πŸ˜›

    Best of wishes on writing this month! And hey, a few words are better than none

    I love that Danny Gokey song. ❀

    Library Book Sales are the best. I see you picked up a copy of "Raven's Ladder." I, too, procured this very same book at a Library Book sale. Is it crazy that I search these sales and dream of going to the mega-city ones?

    The Jackaby covers are gorgeous. And that is so neat that "he" tweeted you.

    I didn't get to everything I wanted to read for the challenge, either. But the good thing is, though, that those books are still there. (Thanks for the Five Magic Spindles shout out!)

    Daylight Savings Time=EWWW! (Loved the picture with Frodo, lol)

    -Grace

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    • Thanks, Grace! And yeah, I don’t think I ever saw all of Wall-E, but yeah. πŸ˜›

      Thank you! I hope your writing (or editing. ;)) will go well too!

      Yay, another person who likes my favorite Danny Gokey song!! ^_^

      That’s so cool you got a copy of the same book! o.o Library Book Sales are the BEST. There’s one fairly big one I go to every year and it’s AMAZING… so no, you’re not the only one. πŸ˜‰

      I just love them! And more awesome characters should be on twitter. XD

      That’s encouraging. πŸ˜€ But yes, they’re all still there, waiting to be read! πŸ™‚ (You’re welcome!)

      I’m glad my sentiments on DST are agreed upon. XD

      Thanks for stopping by! ❀

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  2. Oh my goodness, you poor dear! I’m so sorry to hear about your back D: How exactly did you hurt it?? I just feel really bad because I honestly know how it feels : / I was in the hospital last summer, and I had to have this surgery of sorts called a lumbar puncture done. After that, I had to lie flat on my back for a while. It was a pretty frightening experience staying in the hospital, but God helped me through it and I know He’ll help you too. All that is to say, we love you and want you to get better posthaste! ❀ ❀ ❀

    Looks like you did a number on the library sale. XD I actually own that exact copy of Lorna Doone, which I found at a thrift store. And…and I see a Wayne Thomas Batson book! YAYAYAY! *dances*

    You…you started writing The Other Half of Everything?! *scrolls up to double-check because it's too good to be true* YES YOU DID. THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOWWWW. Ack, 400 words is awesome! That just brings you one step closer to bringing your characters to ME. I mean us. Yes, us. XD

    NOOO YOU HAD TO REMIND ME OF DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. D: That is like the bane of my existence. I'm such a night owl and losing an hour of sleep is just…it's just unholy. I'm sorry, but the person who invented Daylight Savings Time was a monster. (But I most heartily approve of that Frodo pin. XD)

    Get betterrrrrr! Hopefully you'll have an AMAZING March and get lots of awesome writerly things done. ^_^

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    • Thank you, deary! ^_^ I’m sorry you had a similar/worse experience, though! o.o That’s awful. I’m so glad you made it through! ❀ I definitely don't want that sort of experience, which is why I'm excited these books are supposed to fix such problems without hospitals/surgery. Yeesh. No fun. 😦 And, meh, I don't know exactly how I did it… I think just repeated computer use, mixed up with using it at some really weird angles for a long time (since sometimes I only get internet in one part of a room) and… I think it was just a combination of things. *shrug*

      Haha, indeed! XD I haven't read Lorna Doone but a friend recommended it… that's so cool you have the same copy! And I've only read ONE Wayne Thomas Batson book, can you believe it? o.o But I've been collecting more so… hopefully I'll get some more read. πŸ˜›

      YES I STARTED IT! πŸ˜€ …Now I just have to get beyond the first page. XD But that totally makes my day you were so excited! Thank you! ^_^ Your enthusiasm is one of the main reasons behind my starting it, actually! πŸ™‚ And don't worry, it will be coming to you at some point. πŸ˜‰

      I love that we're all so dramatic about DST. XD I AGREE COMPLETELY.

      Thank youuuu! I hope your remainder of March will be wonderful too! ❀

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  3. XD Those daylight savings pics!!! Love them! πŸ˜€ I’ll be praying about your back – I hope it continues to heal and get stronger! That’s one of the things my Tae Kwon Do helps me with, is being more active. It helps me be more active during the week, too, since striving for my next belt is pretty motivating. πŸ˜‰

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  4. Oh, thank you for telling me about Daylight Savings Time… I had no idea it was coming up so soon! Grrrrrrr. And those pictures are truly quite accurate. Though it’s actually a bit backwards for parents of young children, who don’t understand that just because their bodies say it’s 6am doesn’t mean it’s ok to get up at 5am… so “Spring Forward” is actually the one I dread less now… Sigh. Daylight Savings Time is not my friend. I don’t like it and I’m not sorry about it. I lived in Indiana for 5 years when they didn’t observe DST and it was much more better. Much more better, indeed.

    I’m sorry you hurt your back! 😦 that’s not cool. I’ve been trying to get back into exercising more, myself. Those books sound intriguing. Feel better soon!!!

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    • I wanted to add that if you haven’t checked out fit2be, this site has amazing exercises you can do in small spaces. The focus is on healing diastases (the tearing apart of the rectus abdominus (which is basically your abs), but anything that strengthens your abs/core also strengthens your back… so it might be worth looking into). To get all their workouts does cost money ($10/month) I think, but you can go through their basic core workout for free here: https://fit2b.us/ts-totally-transverse/ – really helped my back when I hurt it a few years ago.

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    • I think we possibly suppress the knowledge that DST is coming…? Ugh. -_-
      Although, yeah, I can see why it would be different… Oh my goodness, that’s awesome you got to be DST-free for a few years! o.o

      Thank you for the well wishes! ❀ I think you'd like the books too. πŸ™‚ And thanks for the link to the other thing! I'll have to look it up.

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  5. JACKABY HAS A TWITTER WHAT THE PUMPERNICKEL THIS IS AWESOME I MUST GO READ ALL THE TWEETS!
    *reads all the tweets*
    *returns from reading all the tweets*
    That was storming awesome. πŸ˜€ (And my face actually looks rather like that emojii right now. :D)
    Regarding other things: I’m sorry about your back. What exactly about spending all the time at the computer caused it to hurt like that (just asking so I can avoid doing the same . . .). Glad you’re feeling better now, though. Also, yay you started The Other Half of Everything! πŸ˜€

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    • I KNOW RIGHT?? JACKABY. ON TWITTER. *flails*

      Eh, I don’t know… I think it was mostly spending a TON of time on the computer, also at weird angles… I sometimes can only get internet in one part of a room, so I stand or sit at weird angles. I don’t really know what exactly caused it, just a combination of stuff, I think. *shrug*
      Thank you!

      YES I DID. Now to actually get past the first page… πŸ˜›

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  6. Whew! February was a whirlwind, wasn’t it?

    Still so very, very happy your back is nearly better. You’re so good to stick with the exercises and reevaluate things. Keep it up!

    Your book find looks amazing! I just want to pet that treasury of Irish folklore. *drools*

    I know I’ve already squealed about it multiple times but… YOU STARTED OHE!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot get over my excitement. TEAGUE AND MERIDIAN. <333

    Wow! Look at all the reading and blogging, you awesome person you! I love how mixed all the reading is. I think that's awesome, having a mixed bunch of books to read. And oh my goodness, that tweet! Too awesome!!! (I've GOT to get my hands on these Jackaby books.)

    Oh my word, that DST picture. xD So accurate!

    I hope the rest of March will be awesome for you. And hopefully pain-free! *HUGGLES* ❀

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    • Thank you! I’m trying… but sometimes you just don’t WANT to exercise. πŸ˜›
      I NEED TO WRITE MORE OF OHE AND I’M GLAD YOU’RE EXCITED AAHH.
      Yes, sometimes a mix of reading is good… You would LOVE the Jackaby books. πŸ˜€
      Isn’t it, though? *still dead from DST and it’s only been two days*
      Thank you! Same to you!! ^_^ *huggles back* ❀

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  7. So sorry about your back! Glad you’re doing better though… πŸ™‚
    That is so cool that Jacakaby is on Twitter!!! πŸ˜€ And he replied back to you!!! *fangirls*
    Ugh…DLST is…*Incoherent angry grumbling*
    Hope you have a good rest of March! ^_^

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    • Thank you! πŸ™‚
      And YES, I may have had a heart attack of awesome when the Jackaby-on-Twitter-replying thing happened. XD
      I have only been on DST two days and it’s as awful as usual. -_- Heheh. πŸ˜›
      Thank you! I hope your March will be good too! ^_^

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  8. As a fellow back pain sufferer I know what the writing life can do to our poor bodies. I heard someone say recently that sitting is the new smoking. We’re just not designed to sit in one place for long periods of time. I have a few stretches that I do myself and am thankfully currently “normal” but I will have to check out some of the pain relief books you mentioned. If I could get back to 100% that would be amazing!

    Hope your healing continues to progress.

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    • “Sitting is the new smoking”… I can see that. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your thoughts as well! I’m glad you have some stretches and things — at least you are aware! I think you’d like the books. πŸ™‚ Thanks! And I hope you get back to 100% yourself!

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  9. I know I’m late to the party (hey, nothing unusual there) – but I was terribly sorry to hear about your back. I busted my tailbone once, and you are so right – nothing makes you value pain-free functioning like a good dose of terrible pain . . .

    Good for you, getting words on the page πŸ™‚ That’s often the hardest part, I find. I write scads of extra pages/snippets/character interviews, and then . . .

    Hope the rest of your March is a little brighter πŸ™‚

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    • Like wizards, a comment is never late, nor is it early, it arrives precisely when it means to — and is always muchly welcome/appreciated! ^_^ (At least by me. πŸ˜‰ )

      Yep, it’s amazing how much we take for granted! πŸ˜› Thanks, and I hope your last few days of March and next month will be good too! (Is it really almost April?? O_O *mind rebels*)

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