While on a recent holiday, I treated myself to a back massage… well what else can you do while on a cruise on the Queen Victoria across the Atlantic? Lots actually, but I wanted to do some serious chilling out!
And I was shocked. My shoulder muscles had knotted themselves into steel balls that just refused point blank to return to relax mode.
I discussed this with several people since. The bottom line is that having a desk job means your shoulder muscles will naturally tense up and stay tense! There’s too much lactic acid that needs to get out of the tissue. Desk job? But all writers are basically doing a desk job. So that means… yep, you got it… all writers end up with tensed up shoulder muscles, unless they do something about it.
Of course not everyone can afford the luxury of professional massage. So what to do?
You can to a certain extent massage the shoulders yourself or you can get your partner to do so. But remember to do it with some oil, and to drink water or green tree with a dash of lemon afterwards. The latter is to help flush out the waste lactic acid from your body.
Of course being a science fiction writer, facts like these are grist to the mill. You never know where a nice little scientific fact can produce a story. But in this case, this scientific fact could help people realise why they are uncomfortable and what to do about it.
This kind of story may actually increase the popularity of the genre, because it is not only relevant to tomorrow, but also very pertinent to today’s way of life.