Anissa here, she of the sprained back. I'm glad to say I am getting better, and have been able to walk without pain and sit up for over an hour with only moderate pain. Unfortunately, I had to go back to work, so by the time I get home I am hurting too much to write. Lois is exhausted from keeping up with her job, me, and my dad, so she's in no shape to work on it either. I'm not going to go into huge detail about our situation at home, but my father is still not quite right. And there are a lot of things I still can't do - such as pick up anything I drop on the floor, or take a shower by myself (safely, anyway). Every day at work for me is a struggle, and I broke down crying on Tuesday from pain and frustration.
I know Lois has been on the brink of that for way too long, with the nonstop nonsense at her job as well as having to be the primary caretaker for everyone and everything in the house right now. We both basically get home each day and flop down, limp as dishrags, until a minor emergency of some kind or another forces us back up. Usually Lois, since for me getting up or down hurts far worse than standing or sitting. Every time my dad wants something, every time the dogs start whining, every time I need a glass of water to take my meds, every time the phone rings or the trash has to go out or dinner has to be made, it's all on Lois right now.
So let me steal a moment to publicly say "THANK YOU" to my writing partner, best friend, and love of my life. Lois has been an absolute godsend these last few
weeks months. I literally don't know what I would do without her. Not just because I love her and I am glad every day to wake up to her beautiful face (and fall asleep stealth-cuddling her warm back, lol). Because I know I can rely on her, and I appreciate that more than she knows. I'm really not so great at expressing it, honestly. It's true, though. I hope that every one of you reading this has someone in your life like her, who's always got your back - even when you sprain it. If you do, tell them so.
Anyway, writing news: We are actively working on the next chapter for Love and Other Headaches as well as discussing the next Across the Universe chapter, but we won't be able to make deadline this weekend. I'm really excited for what we have to show you in both of them, and I know the cliffhanger ending in AtU is just plain evil.You know how much we hate delays like this - I'm sure you hate them too. But I would personally rather hold up progress for two weeks than give you guys a short, substandard, written-while-on-heavy-painkillers chapter. Bear with us, and we'll be back in action ASAP.