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The reality of a broken hand

"I don't have time to die, I'm too busy!" - Goge Vandire, just before he was shot by proto-Sisters of Battle

Well, I've broken my hand. And it's made me realise something.

I should be happier right now, about the state of the blog and the content I'm producing. But I can see a dwindling daily view count, and I know the reasons why:
  • Erratic blog schedule
  • Less to zero current topics
... and there's not a whole lot I can do about it.

With a new baby and a job where I am now working various degrees of 7 days a week, there was no way of maintaining the one-post a day schedule I was so proud of. It's a common excuse I hear from students about not having enough time to do their homework, but it has got to the stage where there are not enough hours in the day.

My time is filled from about 8:15am to 7:00pm on a good day. If I'm on duty, then I don't finish work until 11pm. This is not an exaggeration. I am a deputy house master for a boarding school, which means I'm never off duty.

It's a struggle to find time for even a three-post weekly schedule. If I'm not spending my full weekends at work in the boarding house, I still have Saturday school activities. And then I pick up the evening duty on Sundays. It's a literal 7-day week job, only finishing when term does.

That's not to say the work isn't rewarding, as I can't imagine a job which is more fun (apart from maybe being a full time writer for Warhammer), but the strain it puts on your time is incredible. And at the end of the day, the time I should be resting in is given over to actually being a dad to two kids and a husband for my wife.

Blog posts are genrally written in two to ten minute bursts, which happen sporadically over the week. This is why my current work on Ork Kulture is taking so long to finish. Right now I have a two minute gap before a parents evening with a year group in their GCSE exam year. And just glancing at the clock shows me I need to stop now and go to the meeting room.


I'm back at the keyboard now, and it's Saturday evening. This is the reality of how I can write blog posts.

On Thursday, on my way to a school assemble, I fell up some stairs. That's not a typo, I mean up some stairs. Think about it, it is possible. What I thought was just some scraped up skin on my fingers turned out to be fairly serious, in that my lower hand and little finger seized up.

A quick check with the on-site medical staff proved it was just some very hefty bruising, but it did put a spotlight on a problem that was brewing:

There was no possible way for me to get to the hospital, and still do all the things that needed to be done.

If I wasn't able to brace up my own hand, and if there had been any actual tissue damage, I would have broken the dozen or so small deadlines that day, which escalates rapidly to major deadlines that week. At which point, the whole collection of spinning plates comes crashing down around me.

If years of pre-headset internet gaming hadn't taught me to type swiftly with just one hand, I would not be writing this right now. You wouldn't believe how frustrating it is to try and do capital letters at pace with just one hand.


I think this is sounding like some very self-serving whining at this point. Normal service will probably resume next week, but I seriously need to reconsider the organisation of this blog.

Until next time!

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