Last week was a pain in the ass. More accurately, it was a pain about two inches above my ass.
I have recurring back issues thanks to my scholiosis and an injury that happened twenty years ago. At least once a year, I experience constant stabbing pain in my lower back whenever I move. When I felt them on Sunday, I spent most of the day on the couch on mild painkillers. Monday I stupidly attempted to go to work. I lasted a total of an hour and a half before I came home in tears. I took more pain killers and retired to the couch. Thankfully, the couch is a recliner, so I was able to find a semi-comfortable position with my feet up and laptop propped on my stomach. I was forced to stay in that position for three days.
It is amazing what not being able to move from my chair does for my productivity. I wrote over 2,000 words in those three days. I finished a short, short story. I have been working on my editing my novel. It may not sound like much, but compared to what I have been doing, that is more than my combined output for the prior two weeks. Those days I wasn’t focusing on being productive. I couldn’t do anything other than watch daytime TV or write. So I chose to write.
The pain finally resolved itself on Wednesday night and I was back at work on Thursday. There has been an occasional twinge since then, but nothing that requires me to take time off. It seems to have helped break a block and get me back into the habit of writing some each day. I hope to have my novel’s edits done in the next two weeks so I’m not thinking about it when I’m at DragonCon. I’d like to keep up that level of productivity, but without the pain.