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Born to be a Writer

Or: Having an Exercise Intolerance

I’m sure I heard Irony giggle when I did my back in due to an exercise in the gym. I have tried again and again to get fit, with little luck so far. I’ll give you a list of what happened over the years.

  1. As a toddler, I have never been able to touch my toes (still can’t, never will), much to the annoyance of my ballet teacher.
  2. Inter-(primary)school running race:  A toddler crossed my path and I had to dive over it to avoid it. I still have the scars to show for it.
  3. Fencing at uni: I was diagnosed with, I kid you not, exercise intolerance. I now have a puffer I never use.
  4. I tried a boot camp: tore a ligament in my foot.
  5. I tried swimming: got calcifications in my shoulder tendons, first left then right side.
  6. Tried boot camp again: got shin splints in both legs.
  7. Bought a treadmill, so I could at least walk. But my Achilles tendons have shortened so much that even walking, i.e. lifting my feet beyond a 90-degree angle, is painful. I also have Hallux limitus (my big toe joint can’t bend normally), so can’t wear high heals either. It appears I can’t beat them but also can’t join them.
  8. Tried going to the gym: did my back in, twice (did the same thing last year).

So you see, I don’t have good experiences exercising. The problem is that I need to exercise if I don’t want to get morbidly obese. I just got my weight back to the border of healthy, but now, with this back problem preventing me from exercising, I don’t know how long this is going to stay there.

I could eat less. I suppose I could. I certainly don’t need the amount of calories with my sitting lifestyle. But food is nice. I like food. Especially the high calories stuff. I certainly have a choice to make here.

In the meantime, I’ll have some ibuprofen, some diazepam (why not get happy as well 🙂 ), and stick my cherry pit bag into the microwave for the zillionth time. Can’t live without my cherry pit bag at the moment.

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Fun Friday!

I have mixed feelings about the past week. The worst thing about it was that I did my back in. I had gone to the gym on Tuesday. Had no problem doing my exercises at the time, but on Wednesday my back was killing me. I kept getting spasms in a muscle on the left-hand side with minuscule movements. Extremely painful. I didn’t get much sleep that night. I took ibuprofen which helped a little, but it didn’t stop the spasms. I got my husband to pick up some diazepam from the pharmacy, which my GP prescribed me, which would function as a muscle relaxant. I am very happy to say it worked. I only got up twice last night 🙂 .

What were the fun things? Well, I got some feedback back from my beta-readers. Only four typos found so far. Pretty chuffed with this as I think it could have been far worse. I chatted with someone I met via Twitter. He started reading my book and said he found it a good read. Music to my ears! Last week, I forgot to mention, another author told me she revised her book after my review. I was very humbled that she took my words to heart.

I’ve also figured out how to work with Amazon Associates. I may start to earn something now. For a change.

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I’m still listening to the ‘Good Omens’ audio book. It’s too good to put away. My daughter actually began reading the book when I started listening and she’s finished already! We had to get the box with Terry Pratchett books from storage for her. She’s totally hooked on his humor now. You can get ‘Good Omens’ here.

I’m looking forward to the weekend as I’m attending a creative writing workshop in Elgin and we’re filming with AFP again. Busy, busy, busy. On top of this, I am getting some unexpected visitors from down south for lunch. I haven’t seen them for a year, so I’m looking forward to catching up. I better go make my house a bit more representable 😀 .

I’m not forgetting the memes. Here they are:

Friday Fun Day!

I hope your Friday has been as lovely as mine has been so far. It is extremely sunny here in Scotland and I was asked for a coffee by two separate neighbors 🙂 . I first caught up with Suzie, whom I haven’t seen in a while, and then with Murdo, whom I haven’t seen in even a longer while. It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun. It was good to catch up and I particularly enjoyed Murdo’s garden as it is in full bloom at the moment.

I’m on a high now, but I haven’t been every day last week. As I had people around me on Saturday when we visited Granite City Comic Con and on Monday and Tuesday when I took my kids to a UK Mathematics Trust event, I crashed on Wednesday. I don’t do socializing very well. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! But I crash and burn afterward.

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I couldn’t get myself out of bed and couldn’t think of one positive thought.  I did manage to get some editing done and that made me feel a bit better about myself. I went to the gym yesterday and the fact that the dumbells didn’t feel as heavy as the time before made me feel better again. Long live exercise 😀 . Some people say you should be able to write anything on a blog, but I disagree. Who would want to know what I grumpy cow I can be? So sorry for not blogging earlier this week.

Tomorrow we’re having a structural engineer visiting. Hopefully, he’ll be able to give us advice on how to get our drive and garage happening. At the moment it’s a weed area that becomes swampy when it rains. The beech hedge flanking it on the high side of the slope is protected, but the wall it was resting on has disintegrated. On the other side, the ground slopes away to a row of trees. We need enough space to be able to turn the cars around, so it’s going to be interesting how he’s going to solve it.

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Still working on my edit. Slowly but surely I will come to the end. I am learning a tremendous amount again. So many words are different in American English. I’m glad I’m getting the hang of tenses now.  I still need to write that next grammar article for OneStopFiction.com, but I’m not sure about what. Anybody got any ideas?

I’m afraid not all the memes this week are as positive as last week, but as they’re memes they’re still funny 😀 . I love the pink unicorn. It was to celebrate my friend finding out how to make memes!

Writers’ Corner update 19/10/2016

Check out my Writers’ Corner update 19/10/2016!

This week my Writer’s Corner update contains a post that is close to my heart: the Science Fiction Women Problem (or the fact that women are still under-represented in Science Fiction). This can be extrapolated to most other areas, like main characters in movies, writing in general, science, business management, just to name a few… I was surprised to read this was already a problem a 100+ years ago in Colin Garrow’s book ‘The Hounds of Hellerby Hall,’ in which a young lady has to take a male pseudonym to be able to sell her stories. You should check it out, it’s a great murder mystery!

Focus on Filming has only one other entry this week, and it’s a graphic designer’s personal take on movies. Have a look, the images are extremely creatively designed.

Health Herald has two new entries; one on the fact that you need to keep exercising to keep the blood flow to your brain going (so much for my break in karate due to my shoulder issue), and another one on a new, mobile sort of CT scanner, which is actually made for horses, but which can be adjusted for humans and should, in the future, make it possible to make CT scans while you’re standing up (which horses also prefer).

I am intolerant…

Yes, I’m an intolerant person. I’m intolerant to a lot of things, amongst others coward shooters who kill innocent people. Or people who then brag about how right they were of a religion being bad, even though the majority of people practise this religion without any violent tendency. Rape is caused by rapists. Violence is caused by violent people. Short-sightedness is another intolerance I have…

At the moment I have another annoying intolerance, which is my intolerance to exercise. This is not a joke, it was confirmed by a doctor. I didn’t even know this existed, but I have it. When I was younger I started fencing. Even though it doesn’t look it, it is a very intense sport with short outburst of energy. During trainings I got short of breath and people were telling me I was asthmatic. I had myself tested and voila; I’m exercise intolerant. What a bummer.

I’ve tried to get fit multiple times. I’ve tried boot camp. I had to stop after two weeks because I tore a ligament in my foot whilst sprinting over an uneven field. Very painful, both physical and emotional. I thought I’d stay safe by swimming. Had to stop that due to calcifications in my shoulder tendons. First one shoulder, but I’m no quitter; then the other played up. A year later I tried another boot camp. I managed a couple of weeks this time. How overjoyed was I when I got shin splints after running for fifteen minutes on tarmac… not. I felt like the universe was against me getting in shape.

Since then I have not actively tried to get fit. I’ve been to the gym for half a year though, before being bored to death. I’ve been to gyms many times over the span of my life. And every time the same thing happens. Boredom. No improvement to spur me on as my exercise intolerance stops this motivation in its tracks. Sport should be relaxing, they say, it should give you an outlet for all your frustration. But it only frustrates me when I want to do something I can’t. Or I do it anyway and suffer the consequences.

Yesterday I spent four hours painting my bedroom walls. Today I can hardly lift my right arm. Even typing this hurts. I hope the gods are having a good time laughing about me…