What a pain in the shoulder!

I had trouble falling asleep last night but at least I know why. First, I had random echoes of what I was reading running through my head. This happens to me from time to time when I read a lot on a particular day. It doesn’t happen often but I am resigned to it when it does. Second, my mind was busy working on ideas that will allow me to expand “Graveyard Shift”. It was close to midnight when I finally got to sleep.

At some point in the night, I slept must have slept on my left arm wrong–very wrong for when I awoke this morning, my left shoulder was excruciatingly sore. I have a high tolerance for pain, but this is ridiculous. The pain seems centered on the left end of my collar bone, but it is affecting my entire shoulder. In fact, I grimace just to lift my arm. I had difficulty holding my book on the train with my left hand (admittedly, it is a heavy book). I don’t know what I could have done to it that made it hurt so much.

Incidentally, I finished In Memory Yet Green last night and started in on In Joy Still Felt first thing this morning (that was the heavy book that I had difficulty lifting). It’s a good thing I’ve given myself this week off from the gym. I fear it would have been impossible for me to do anything with my shoulder in this condition.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.