Thursday, February 4, 2010


Uh-oh. I have a medical issue that is wreaking havoc upon my writing. My pointer finger on my right hand is sore and the tendons feel "weird," like they're stretched out or something.

It's been building for a couple of weeks, and it's now reached a point (get it? point?) where I can barely type! Not good for a writer. And the pain is probably a contributing factor in why my post yesterday was so short.

Alas, this one will be, too.

I am going to give myself a couple of days off from revising (and cut way back on my computer time) in the hopes it will heal up and feel better. I'm leaving for Mexico in a couple of weeks, so that will be seven or eight days with no computer, therefore no typing.

I suspect it's some kind of repetitive strain injury, no surprise considering I spend between 12-14 hours a day at this computer. I hope that cutting back some, coupled with the week in the jungle, will get the old pointer finger back in shape.

However, there is some good news. I slept much better last night! Yay! So maybe it was an isolated incident after all. I hope so.

More later. Gotta rest the old finger right now.


  1. If it's sore enough that you can't type and it's been building, I'd go check with a doctor, Terry. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. That's the mouse button finger. It means you've done more clicking than typing :-)

  3. I have one of those scroll mouses (mice?)and I've spent a lot of time scrolling through my ms. And, sure, blogs and stuff. ;)

    I now have a splint on it and it's taken me five minutes to type this. Grrr. It has until Monday to feel better, or else I'm just going to work through the pain.

  4. By scroll mouse, I meant one of those "scroll wheels" that makes scrolling through a long ms a breeze, but apparently is hell on pointer fingers!

  5. Terry, good luck (and you don't have to answer). The forced time off might be good for your psyche as well as your finger.

    Get rid of the mouse! Use a touchpad. Buy another computer if you have to -- that's what credit cards are for :) This is important stuff.

    Do you ever read your manuscript out loud? Maybe you could get a tape recorder and talk your way through some of the changes.

  6. Okay, Okay, I'll leave this one alone.

    Maybe it's a good time to become a lefty. ;)

  7. Sorry to hear about your finger. Hope you feel better quickly!