I Spoke Too Soon

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 162018

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.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  5 Responses to “I Spoke Too Soon”

  1. I once woke up having written a story during the night. Dream stories can be weird but sometimes you wake up with the solution to a situation that had you puzzled. I love those nights. 🙂

  2. Why don’t you just go to a real doctor that deals with back issues and pinpoint the problem.
    Once you know the true medical problem. You can choose your treatment.
    Your chiropractor may be good but all you’re doing is masking the real problem
    And it ain’t going away

  3. Nick please go to a physiotherapist. They will do a proper evaluation of your problem then give you the proper techniques and exercises to strengthen your back.
    A MRI wouldn’t hurt either. It will tell you if you have any herniated disc or nerve impingement.
    Once that aspect is eliminated, it all about back muscle strengthening.
    It’ll take a lot of heard work but you’ll be happier for it.
    Leave the chiropractors to the loony leftys. /s

    Signed a long time bad back sufferer.

  4. You have probably had dozens of suggestions, but I was just wondering if the chair you sit in at your computer is helping to aggravate your back. There are several weird alternatives out there … maybe one would work. Maybe that desk that lets you stand while you work on your computer. Sure hope you find something that works. I know about the pain pills … when I had migraines, the pills made me sleep for three days.

  5. Yes, I keep finding news articles about real happenings that are just TOO crazy for books.

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