Friday, May 24, 2013

I feel fant-ass-tic.

So my back was doing great until the other night when the cat went crazy and started knocking into the furniture in the night, which scared the crap out of me and woke me up with a start, which made my back seize up, which set me back, which meant I'm back to taking the heavy stuff instead of just plain ol' Tylenol. At least the stuff works. God bless Big Pharma, I guess.

Lunchtime reading

The new chapter of "Weavers" is now available at Mileage May Vary. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

*crick* *crack* Ooooooooh...

So yesterday the doctor says she doesn't think it's a herniated disc, what with the lack of constant lower-leg pain and me being able to stand on tip-toes without falling over (a feat in itself under normal circumstances, so hey). For now I'm on a one-two punch of muscle relaxants for the cramping and oral steroids for the inflammation, which should wreak merry havoc with my system but at least I'll be able to walk around while they do it. I took the first dose last night and I'm already seeing improvements (meaning I no longer want to curl up and await the sweet embrace of death, which is where I was yesterday). I'm supposed to call her back in about ten-ish days and report, and if I'm still having problems we'll move on to phase two, which will definitely involve physical therapy and probably more drugs. I swear, if I jumped up and down right now, I'd rattle -- but at least I can jump up and down now. All things considered, life could be worse.

Lunchtime reading

The new chapter of "Weavers" is now available at Mileage May Vary. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Look at me still talking when there's science to do.

-- Y'know, what with the pre-queued posts and all, I could get run over by a bus tomorrow and nobody who reads this blog or Mileage May Vary would know it for a month at least. Anyway, just sticking my head in to let you know I wasn't run over by a bus.

-- My back is freaking killing me. I'm going to give it another couple weeks to start behaving and if it's not on its way to wellness by the time Burn Notice starts up again I'm going to go see a doctor and use words like "x-ray" and "painkillers" and "I'd really rather avoid surgery if it's at all possible". Chiropractic is also an option but my insurance doesn't cover it and I'm pretty sure spacing the appointments far enough apart to be affordable would also render them ineffective. So, bleh.

-- Finished Dashiell Hammet's "Red Harvest" last night (I came by an anthology of his novels and I'm working my way through it). Ripping good read, and interesting in a way I didn't expect. It was first published in 1929, so the characters make phone calls and ride in cars and use refrigerators, just like us -- except the earpiece and mouthpiece on the phones are separate pieces, the cars have curtains, and if they want ice, they open the top of the fridge and chip some off. And none of this is explained or described in detail, like would happen in a "period piece"; it's just a natural part of the background, barely worth mentioning. Of course the cars have curtains; why wouldn't they? There's also an awful lot of people who drive around drunk like it ain't no thang, and the gangsters have honest-to-god machine guns. But if you changed those little details, maybe swapped out "telegram" for "e-mail" here and there, you could set the story pretty much anywhen in the last hundred years and it would work just fine. Technology has advanced, certainly, but from a certain angle there's not all that much that's changed. Anyway: Highly recommended read, particularly if you like detective stories (and if you do, why haven't you read this one yet? That's like enjoying dystopian sci-fi without reading Philip K. Dick.).

-- It also contained the line "I haven't laughed so much over anything since the hogs ate my kid brother". I had to put the book down and collect myself before I could continue after that one.

-- A guy in the next department over has written on his whiteboard "With enough confidence, every zoo is a petting zoo." It's next to a drawing of a dinosaur that takes up several post-it notes. Yesterday I stopped and told him that "Dinosaur Petting Zoo" would be a great name for a band. He heartily agreed.

-- I'm wrapping up part three of Weavers tonight, which leaves two parts to go and then I'll be done with volume one. Volume two will come out sometime next year. I'll give you a hint of what to expect: There's an awful lot of lightning. Also, cats. Mostly, not together.

-- So the SHIELD series looks awesome -- anything with more Agent Coulson is all right in my book. I'm also looking foward to "Almost Human", which is where future policeman Karl Urban gets teamed up with an android partner who's different from the other androids and blah blah blah just watch the trailer. It's by a lot of the same people who did Fringe, which I miss desperately, so that also makes me very happy.

-- The Beeb is doing a mini-series version of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Set phasers to "squee". On a related note, howmuchawannabet we won't actually learn the Doctor's name on Saturday? As in, Moffatt will pull his usual troll shenanigans and everyone but the audience will hear it? Because I seriously would not put that past him. (Update 5/20: CALLED IT.)

-- I was always told, "All you need to be a cowboy is guts and a horse. And with enough guts, you can steal a horse." Of course, I was also told, "You'll get used to hangin' if you hang long enough." I tend to apply both of those maxims in my day-to-day working life. How I do so is left as an exercise to the reader.

-- Hot damn, is it Wednesday already? It is? Hot damn.