A leg up

I know I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time and thought on the past, and aging, how then brings more clarity to now… it seems to be a consistent theme in a lot of my writing. And I’ve been thinking about the aches and pains of growing older, because I’ve been experiencing them first hand.

I’m not a complainer by nature. Stuff happens, the body wearies more easily, the thought process becomes a little more slippery. I worry about my memory, but not obsessively. I forget names, forget where I set my coffee cup… small lapses, really. But otherwise, okay. My body aches more, particularly the left leg. Some days it feels like bone has been replaced by a splintered plywood plank. An old injury, never fully healed, it’s been aching for a few weeks now. Some days it’s difficult to write, or rest because of the ache. And, recently, an infected elbow. All clear now (well, mostly clear), with only a bit of “cellular debris” remaining (my doctor’s term. He also called it “squishy gunk”: the technical term).

But today is a good day. I’ve been mowing the lawn, stretching the leg, enjoying the sun and mountain breeze. But not overdoing it. Perhaps there’ll be more substantial writing later. That’s been the most frustrating part. Wanting to, but unable to fully focus. The novel is complete, other than the minor detail of writing it down! That part aches too, because I can’t write fast enough. I don’t think I’ve ever had a story so fully formed in my head before, and I’m so damned slow making sure I get it right. Yes, an obsession. Writers know what I mean. It’s a good obsession, I think. Much better than obsessing about growing old, and hurting along the way.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading.


36 thoughts on “A leg up

  1. I’ve got a lot of osteoarthritis from when i worked as a teacher for the multiply handicapped and had to put teenagers and adults on respite tables and changing tables for decades. There are good supplements that help with joint and muscle pain, and some, like Turmeric, help with memory too. MSM is very good; you can take tons of it; it is as nontoxic as pure water. Turmeric is great; it must be taken with a little bit of black pepper and olive oil (for absorbency). Swanson Vitamins (online) has the best quality for the price! 🙂 Alpha lipoic acid penetrates the blood brain barrier and is great for the brain and memory function.

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    • Steven Baird June 18, 2016 / 11:30 pm

      Thanks for the shopping list, Tom. I’m all for more natural, nontoxic remedies.


  2. D. Wallace Peach June 18, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I used to describe writing as vomiting – the stories just need to spew out of us, and it’s a race to write them down fast enough. Yeah, aging…I can relate. As long as the old brain holds out and I can keep dreaming up stories, the rest is okay. Glad you’re feeling better. Happy Writing, Steven.

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    • Steven Baird June 18, 2016 / 11:25 pm

      Thanks, Diana. That’s a very apt analogy… getting the story out so it doesn’t overwhelm. 🙂

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  3. Rareity June 19, 2016 / 2:06 am

    Aches and pains are sooo not fun. Writing struggles though… is this is writers universal struggle? Every one speak to lately is in a funk 😕

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    • Steven Baird June 19, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      No, no funk from me. I don’t know if it’s universal, just trying to put the words in the right order. 🙂

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      • Rareity June 19, 2016 / 1:15 pm

        😊 Steven, I’ve always seen you as the most put together. Since I’ve been tagging along in your writing world, your so… talented. At least that’s what I see ☺ I always find myself saying, “I wish I could finish my projects like him.” Honestly your one of my idols. ❤❤❤ seeing this side of you, brings it home. Your amazing! Everything you do, in spite of your own obstacles Is …inspiring.

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      • Steven Baird June 19, 2016 / 3:50 pm

        I’m very touched… that’s so kind. 🙂 I’ve never thought of myself as put together. I have a lot of self-doubt and uncertainty, but I try not to let it spill over. I try not to show it all… I think everyone has enough self-doubt they don’t need to hear about mine. But it’s there, and I think it’s a natural part of creativity. It’s always one step at a time, every time, regardless of what you do. Perseverance is everything. Be stubborn! 🙂

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      • Rareity June 19, 2016 / 4:59 pm

        It does. It just goes to show me that despite my struggles I just gotta keeping rigging away at it. Be stubborn 😊

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      • Rareity June 19, 2016 / 5:08 pm

        You have just inspired me. You may get quoted in a neat future post as well.

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  4. Helen Jones June 19, 2016 / 8:37 am

    Sorry to hear you’ve been suffering of late – I hope things improve for you. That list of natural remedies upthread sounds pretty good. I hear you with the aging, it sneaks up on us until it becomes a new normal.
    I also hear you with the story bursting to get out – I love that feeling, all-consuming, as the characters beg to be written. I have a character of late who’s been bugging me a bit – I’ve already written his ending, but he’s not sure that’s how things will work out for him. So now I’m considering my options.
    It’s a funny and wonderful game, writing, isn’t it?

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    • Steven Baird June 19, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Helen. The new normal. Yes, that sounds right. There have been some good remedies suggested, and I’ll try them. It’d much prefer healthier alternatives to drugs. And light exercise and walking seems to help. The weekends are better, when I don’t have to sit behind a desk all day.
      I love those times when the characters become alive in the imagination… you can feel every bump and curve of their struggle and hope everything turns out all right for them — but it may not. Good luck with your options.. they’re kind of like deep daydreams, aren’t they? No wonder some people think that writers are crazy.
      All the best to you, and keep doing what you’re doing. 🙂

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  5. Laura (Createarteveryday) June 19, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Steven, the story is alive in your head and will be there when you are ready to get it down on paper. The best part is it’s all there! I think that’s wonderful. Sending prayers up for your healing. Take care. ❤ Happy Father's Day too!

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    • Steven Baird June 19, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you, Laura. I very much appreciate your support and prayers. I hope you and yours have a wonderful day. 🙂

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      • Laura (Createarteveryday) June 19, 2016 / 3:18 pm

        Thank you. Yoga might really help you too. I learned from a DVD by Peggy Cappy called “Yoga for the rest of us” that was available at my local library and recommended by my sister. You don’t have to be gumby at all, she has elderly and arthritic students, one of them is on the video. Might help.

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      • Steven Baird June 19, 2016 / 3:27 pm

        I’ve actually thought about yoga. I have been doing light squats and bends to limber up the leg. The ‘popping’ sound is quite satisfying, and it does help a little. I think there’s something not quite aligned there. Movement definitely helps, in moderation. Thanks for the heads-up. 🙂

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      • Laura (Createarteveryday) June 19, 2016 / 3:29 pm

        You’re welcome! If it helps arthritics, and strengthens too, don’t see how you could go far wrong. The warmup stretches are done sitting in a chair, and are strengthening too! Everyone has to find their way, but I understand wanting to take the natural route. Maybe a chiropractor?

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      • Steven Baird June 19, 2016 / 3:33 pm

        Definitely at the top of my mind. I’ve discussed that with my wife and if there aren’t any real improvements soon, there’s where I’m heading. Stretches are something I work on throughout the day. It’s so hard to do it at work with minimal breaks, but I do ’em anyway. I need to get up every hour or so just to stretch. It helps.

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  6. wyco June 20, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Hey Steven, love the openness and determination on display in this post. Looking forward to your great novel!

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  7. Steven Baird June 20, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Thanks, Wyco, I really appreciate that! Always grow, always learn, always push ahead. 🙂


  8. inmycorner August 14, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    I am delighted to have stumbled onto your blog – looking forward to getting to know your writing better. So far – I’m entranced. Just reading W. O Mitchell (again) and so between you and him I have some pretty cool images plopping themselves in front of me!

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    • Steven Baird August 14, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you, Stacey, I’m happy to meet you. I just started following your blog, reading some of your most recent entries, and I was struck by your words. Here’s to the beginning of a new and lasting friendship. 🙂

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  9. cat9984 August 23, 2016 / 9:19 am

    After my husband gives Horatio Hedgehog treats, he puts him in a box with a blanket over the top. Usually Horatio snuggles in and goes to sleep. One night my husband forgot to put him back in his cage. Horatio was nowhere to be found. My husband looked in all the usual spots. (Horatio has escaped from the box before, but was recaptured before bed.) We looked all over. No Horatio. Finally my daughter went down the basement stairs, and Horatio was there by the door. It appeared that he was trying to make his great escape. Point of rambling story: Make sure that if you forget/misplace something, it isn’t the hedgehog. 🙂

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    • Steven Baird August 23, 2016 / 11:30 am

      lol… thanks for the story. For me, it’s kittens. I think I know where they are at any given time, but not when I’m looking for them. Sometimes I find them in my shoes. 🙂

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