Posted by:
Susan Rooke
December 12, 2019

This is just a quick post today, Dear Readers. For one thing, many of us are busy shopping, cooking and making travels plans for the holidays. My own plans for the next few weeks include making peace with the idea that we’re starting yet another new decade in this 3rd millennium of the Common Era (which at the moment seems even more common than usual). Also on my to-do list is once again to be able to sit in a chair without lots of pain meds and a heating pad. Like right now, for example.

Yes, your semi-faithful correspondent is about to ditch the next couple of posts, but it’s for a good reason: I’ve been sidelined with sacroiliac joint problems. Despite X-rays showing hip bones in perfect health, the right hip has been berating me for days now with unreasonable demands. (Don’t sit! Don’t stand! Don’t bend over! Don’t lie down! What are you, crazy?) It’s quite tiresome and to be honest, it kind of smarts. Since my normal M.O. is to avoid pain whenever possible, I’m going to take some time off from working at my desk in order to heal. Also, I’m on narcotics, which tend to make me stupiid. Whoopsie.

BUT . . . Before I go, I want to share with you my short story that was published by Tell-Tale Press on December 1st (and thank you, Editor Andrea Dawn, for the acceptance!). It’s called “The Break Room,” and you can read it here.

While you’re there, I recommend perusing the other stories on the site, too. Tell-Tale Press publishes four genres of fiction in four virtual libraries: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery & Crime and Sci-Fi. Mine’s in the Fantasy Library, naturally, though it does have just a hint of horror. So please enjoy, and if you’re so inclined, leave a comment!

May your coming weeks be filled with joy and blessings, and may your new year get off to a fabulous start. Happy Holidays! I’ll see you some time in January!

8 comments on “Humbugged”

  1. so sorry for your pain! hope you heal soon.
    will read your story for sure.
    take care. will look forward to blogs in the new year. take care my friend.

  2. Congratulations on your story publishing! You brought me back to the horrors of selling 'ladies' shoes while I was in college.

    I hope your hip feels better and that a deliciously boozy egg nog helps to loosen up the joints on these cold winter nights!

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much, Danielle, it was such fun to get an acceptance! (And some time I’d like to hear more about your shoe-selling experiences!)

      I plan to make my mother’s eggnog recipe for the first time in ages this year. Once I’m off the opiates, that is! 😉

      Merry Christmas and some boozy eggnog to you, too!

  3. So sorry, dear Susan, about your si hip pain. What a bummer, especially now. Would you consider physical therapy? Or massage from someone who knows myofascial release? I'm sending a sleigh full of get well wishes and healing vibes! <3 claire v-c

    1. Thank you, Claire! All sympathies and healing vibes welcome! 😉 Yes, I would definitely go for physical therapy if it’s prescribed. But the first thing I’m doing is a steroid injection into the joint tomorrow. It has to be done at an imaging center so they make sure the placement is right. Fingers crossed for some significant relief by this time tomorrow night!

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