Friday, January 22, 2010

What a Weird & Wonderful Week

It started on Friday night. I got dizzy. No big whoop, right? Then I got dizzy again. And again. And then I nearly passed out. Four times. Needless to say, when Saturday came and I was still dizzy and nauseous and couldn't stand up, I got pretty worried. So, I slept until Monday, when I could see the doctor. Anyone who knows me knows that staying in bed isn't my thing. Heck, sitting down isn't really my thing. So, this mystery bug had me really freaked out. In the end, my awesome doctor checked me out and told me I had Viral Labyrinthitis. Never heard of it? Me neither. (I think I caught it from David Bowie, though.) It means something in my inner ear is screwy, and I'm dizzy and feel like puking all the time. Like--even when I'm sleeping. Lasts about 10-14 days. It's day 7 now, and I have to say, I'm feeling a bit better. But I'm still in bed, which is weird. And I finally bought life insurance--which might tell you just how freaked out I was last weekend. And if that doesn't tell you, the fact that I quit drinking coffee should. Because I love coffee. A lot. BUT NOW ONTO MORE IMPORTANT BUSINESS! Earlier this week, we got news that The Dust of 100 Dogs made the ALA's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults list. This is great news. And what a great list. So many great books! I promise I will post PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ cover art the minute I can. I've seen it. I love it. You will too. When that happens, my A.S. King website will be updated and we'll slowly let you in on the gist of the book. It's really different from D100D, but it's still weird, so that's good, right? Still waiting to hear the fate of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, which is the next novel in the queue. Last item of business: writing the next book. But I think I'll take a nap first. IMPORTANT ADDITION FOR WRITERS! Apply before Febuary 1st, 2010 for Early Registration Discount for the Backspace Conference! GO HERE FOR DETAILS I'll be there. Will you?


Cat Connor said...

I think you did catch it from Bowie - and it sounds awful way worse than the clown flu I caught last year from evil clowns.
Hope you feel better soon!! :-)

Can't wait to see the cover art and read PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ.
Ya know we loved D100D down here!

A.S. King said...

Hey Cat! You ROCK.

I think I have a new nickname for you. Tomorrow Girl. I mean, seeing you're always coming from the future down there in NZ.

Cat Connor said...

If only I could use my super future powers for lotto numbers....

XV said...

I had Labrynthitis a few years a ago, though mine wasn't viral sadly which means I didn't catch it from Bowie, and it took a lot longer to clear up.

I just got over a bout of vertigo caused by whip lash from a fall...

I don't know if that means you're in good company, but I can certainly sympathize. Glad I'm not the only dizzy writer around.

Hope you're feeling just about back to normal at this point?

A.S. King said...

XV -- I am feeling better now, thank you! I can't imagine what it must be like to have that longer than 2 weeks. I nearly went crazy.

Yay for dizzy writers!

JKB said...

I've heard of this, one of my online buddies has the same sort of problem. Make sure and take care of yourself until you're certain it's gone away! She didn't bother, and now it's chronic!

Online buddy health fail, man.

Hope you're feeling better.

Unknown said...

I had something similar back in August--"Benign Positional Vertigo," the apparent result of an inner ear infection. (But oh you should have heard all the diagnoses I came up with prior to seeing the doc.) It is scary indeed, being dizzy and nearly passing out for no apparent reason.

When I discovered there was a similar condition called Labyrithitis, I had the same reaction as you (and kind of wished mine had been that, given the Bowie connection and all).

Hope you're better. LOVE the new book cover.