Thursday, September 5, 2013

Goodbye for now!

I wanted to let you all know that starting today, I will not be blogging or writing until November 1st.

It's doctor's orders that I give my arm/elbow eight weeks of rest while I try new medications and therapies for it. I've been in a pretty severe amount of pain for years and it's now increased to the point where I cannot type.

I am incredibly grateful to my editors and Simon & Schuster and Bloomsbury who were so very kind about my sudden break from work. They each are working on new schedules for me and have been great about giving me medical leave.

This also means I will not be writing HEATED or SANCTUARY until after November 1st.

I will respond to business emails, but not to Team Canterwood mail during this time. I will still read EVERY one of your emails, though.

I'll be back just in time to celebrate the November 12th release of HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!

I'll also be Tweeting (with my LEFT hand) occasionally and posting photos to my Instagram account. (jessashley87). But staying off the computer is important to healing--my writing career depends on my hands!

If any major news occurs, I'm sure I can talk Kate into posting it here for me. :)

In the mean time, I'm going to be reading tons and tons (yaaaay!), loving my kitties, spending time with Kate, going to California to visit with my Cali Barn Mafia, and working on my other hobby--photography.

Much love to you all and see you in November!



Katharine Swan said...

Sorry to hear about the pain in your arm! When I started freelancing full-time in 2005, I quickly developed pain in my wrists that in retrospect was probably repetitive strain injury. It got better after a while but at one point it was bad enough that I was keeping a heating pad under my wrists while I typed, and putting heating pads on my arms in the evenings and at night to try to get my wrists to stop aching before I went back to work the next morning. I experimented with where I was putting the heating pads, and oddly enough, the pain seemed to originate more from my shoulders and elbows than from my wrists. Then, a few years back, I had a similar problem and experienced the same thing -- the pain was affecting my wrists, but it radiated downward from higher up. Anyway, I know from experience that it is a tough thing to go through... If the break doesn't help, or if you find it hard to stay away from the computer, you might try voice recognition software. I can recall another freelancer whose blog I used to follow saying that she had to resort to software for the exact same reason: needing to give her wrists a break due to repetitive strain injury.

Anonymous said...

I know how you feel! I've had arm pain too, but I had a surgery done and now I'm fine. I hope everything goes well! You are in my prayers!

-Lee (Liana)

Anonymous said...

Hope you get better!!!!!!!:)

Anonymous said...

WHAT!!?? She can't write the books? Im DYING since I can't read any new CBC books. Hope u get better.
Angeleah Cowart

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