Feeling Good

Yesterday’s post on my lack of love for voice recognition software seems to have left some with the impression that I’m doing badly. Not so!

There are many people with RSI or other injuries like carpal tunnel much worse affected then I am. There are some who can no longer hold anything, let alone a pen. My RSI doesn’t impinge on many activities other than writing. Also I have the resources to get the help I need (physiotherapy etc) to manage my condition. I’m extremely lucky.

I am, in fact, in the best shape of my life. Strengthening my core muscles and shoulder girdle (boxing is excellent for that as one of the commenters yesterday noted) has helped a great deal with the RSI. I have abs and arms of steel,1 I tell you!

More importantly, I am writing fiction with my hands the way I like it.2 I love what I have been writing since Liar. I probably shouldn’t say it but I think I’m doing some of the best writing of my life.

I know there’s nothing new from me this year, but I did have a pretty good anthology last year! Also, and this is currently a secret because the deal has not been announced yet, there will be a new novel next year and then another one in 2013. You all promise to tell no one, right? Oh, and before you ask, no, it is not the New York book. I continue to write that book but I will not sell it until I have finished.

I might have been pretty silent here but that is because I have been saving my arms for writing novels.

I might hate voice recognition software but it did allow me to write yesterday’s post—and now this one—without any pain. I could never use it to write a novel but I can use it here. I do not know how often but I hope it will be more than it has been.

Thank you so much for all your kind words and suggestions yesterday. They were very helpful. I sure do miss this blog and all of you.

  1. Well, maybe gold . . . []
  2. I reserve demonic VRS for e-mail and writing posts like this and other non-fiction stuff. []


  1. Joe Iriarte on #

    I for one would be thrilled if you start blogging again, even if you don’t come all the way back to your old output. Your blog was always the best place to find out what the literary community was buzzing about. 🙂

  2. Julia Rios on #

    I am glad that you’re still able to write, and continue to look forward to your next novel, whatever it might be.

  3. A Shadow Falls on #

    I’m with Joe, if you’re up to it more blogging would be great.

    Looking forward to those next books! Keep up the good work!

  4. John H on #

    Welcome back, Justine!

  5. Hillary! on #

    I find myself not as involved in the blog world mainly because you don’t blog as often as you used to. I really miss you! And I’m so happy you’re doing so well. Keep being awesome.

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