In my last blog I said that after a couple of trips to the chiropractor my back was feeling much better. At the time I wrote that, it was the truth. But apparently I spoke too soon. I posted the blog a little before 1 AM our time, then went to bed. Sometime around 3 AM I rolled over and it felt like someone had taken an ice pick to my lower spine. Deep, stabbing pains.
So much so that I didn’t get much sleep, again, and the first order of business yesterday morning was for Terry to take me back to the chiropractor’s. Three times in three days might seem a little bit much, but the skilled people there spent quite a bit of time working on me and I walked out in much less pain than I walked in with. There is still some discomfort, and obviously I’m not out of the woods yet. Maybe I never will be, I don’t know.
It was tempting to take a pain pill when I started hurting, but I’m really trying to avoid them because I hate how they scramble my brain. I’m glad I didn’t, because at least I was able to get some writing done yesterday afternoon, cranking out over 2,600 words in my new John Lee Quarrels book.
I’ve told you before that when people ask me where I come up with the ideas for my books, my response is that I just listen to the voices in my head and write down what they tell me.
My many years in the newspaper business taught me that truth really is stranger than fiction. Oh, I could tell you some stories, but if I put them in one of my mystery novels you would tell me I was getting way too far out there in left field.
Here’s an example that was on the local news just the other night. A man is under arrest here in Florida for shooting and killing his live-in girlfriend. Like so many criminals, he claims he is innocent. His explanation of what happened is certainly one that I hadn’t heard before. According to him, he thinks one of his three dogs shot her. When asked if he really thought anybody would believe a dog could shoot someone, he replied, “They are very smart dogs.” I am SO going to use that in a book someday, even if nobody ever believes it could happen!
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Burning, the sixth book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – I hate it when I’m mentally undressing someone and my OCD kicks in and I start folding their clothes.