Valentine’s Day, Orphan’s Hollow Part 2 Release & A Bad Back

The up and down nature of life is one of those mysteries I don’t think humanity will ever fully comprehend. And I think that’s why we love to tell stories so much because it helps us think through it, process it, feel it in a way that puts it in perspective.

The other day, I released Part 2 of my serial Orphan’s HollowIt’s exclusively available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Anyway, I ran a promotion on Valentine’s day and it hit the #2 spot on one of their charts. So, needless to say, that was fun to see and exciting. At the same time, I took a trip up to Duluth as a small getaway with my wife. Also, fantastic.

It’s these high moments I try to appreciate the most. To soak all the small things up as best that I can. Because the present gets swept away by the future in a heartbeat and if you let it, you could miss all of it. So, needless to say, I really enjoyed February 14th, 2017.

The following day, however, was another story. I woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep. I tried. And I’m usually a pretty darn good sleeper, but this time my brain was up and ready to go. I slipped out of bed and went to make coffee when things went awry. There’s no way to really explain it other than I twisted my back and threw it out. I’ve been having some back issues of late. I blame ice skating, personally.

Anyhow, I must have pulled a muscle one too many times because it took me out for the count, hardly able to move. Feeling like a paralytic, I basically was bed-ridden the rest of the day. At first, I could hardly even lay down without it flaring up. It was bad. I mean teeth clenching, bed grabbing, mouth-hissing bad. The kind of bad that sinks deeper to an evil that hates you to your very core.

Anyhow, I must have pulled a muscle one too many times because it took me out for the count, hardly able to move. Feeling like a paralytic, I basically was bed-ridden the rest of the day. At first, I could hardly even lay down without it flaring up. It was bad. I mean teeth clenching, bed grabbing, mouth-hissing bad. The kind of bad that sinks deeper to an evil that hates you to your very core.

Now, my back is healing and seems to be getting better. I guess it’s back to working on my core again every day and, you know, get back into fighting shape. In the meantime, I’m counting my blessings, thinking about February 14th, and glad I can at least write in bed while my back heals.

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