Friday, March 29, 2013

A Blue Christmas Charlie Horse that's Dead In Red...

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Today I was going to regale you with the tale of my visiting my local Chamber of Commerce's latest networking opportunity.  Lunch with the head of our local tourist bureau.  Lunch was terrific (chicken French with artichokes).  I met some really interesting women (one who runs a custodial cleaning company that also sells janitorial supplies and made a million dollars in sales last year), and couldn't take notes fast enough while listening to the guest speaker talk about all the opportunity there is to build tourism in my area (things that I can apply to both the Booktown and Victoria Square mysteries). But I've recently noticed that people around me aren't as interested as I am in how small businesses operate, so I thought ... what else is happening?

Not much.  Life is pretty dull around Casa Bartlett. I might do a kitchen refresh later this year ... if Mr. L and I can agree on ANYTHING.  I think winter's back has finally been broken.  And holy cow -- why do I get a Charlie Horse almost every night?  It's always the same leg, and it's never fun.  Last night was the worst.  I had to jump out of bed and walk to the kitchen and back before it would go away.

Why does a painful leg cramp have such a funny name?  According to Widipedia: "The term may date back to American slang of the 1880s, possibly from the pitcher Charlie "Old Hoss" Radbourn who is said to have suffered from cramps.[9]

In Norway, it is referred to as a lårhøne (thigh hen), in Sweden lårkaka (thigh cookie), and in France as a crampe (cramp) or claquage (if the muscle is torn). In Portugal, it is known as a paralítica, roughly translated to "paralyzer". In Brazil it has become known as "tostão" or "paulistinha". In Japan it is known as komuragaeri (こむら返り?), which is literally "cramp in the calf". In northeastern Italy, it is commonly called a lopez, while in the northwest it is called vecchia (old woman) or dura ("hard one" or "tough one"); in the south of the country, instead, it is called morso del ciuccio (donkey's bite). In some areas of central Italy, it is called water buffalo. In Israel it is called Regel Etz which means wooden leg. It is called chaca (rat) in the Chamorro language of Guam and the Mariana Islands."

Donkey's bite?  I'll go with that one.  Ouch!  But thigh cookie?  Honestly?  What a hoot.

Okay, I have been working on a couple of other projects.  The first, is the audio edition of my second Jeff Resnick Mystery, DEAD IN RED.  It's now available from for as little as $7.49 (if you sign up with them). It took about three months to get this edition out -- including auditions from 14 different narrators (wow--that was hard).  But it's out there and I can't wait to download it and listen to it as I drive around town.  (I love audio books, don't you?)

And then, just in time for Easter, I've just released a sweet little Christmas romance short called BLUE CHRISTMAS.  (They say timing is everything, right?) It's available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords.  (It'll soon be available for Sony, Diesel, and via iTunes, too.)

You know, maybe it's so boring around my house because all I do is work on stuff to entertain my readers.  And if the truth is told, it entertains me, too.

Is that a win-win situation or what?


South Jersey Quilter said...

Sometimes leg cramps can be a potassium deficiency. You might want to check with your doc. I got them and my doc has me take supplemental potassium. And if by any chance you're on a diuretic, it's more likely. Yep, nurse here, LOL.


Mare said...

What fun and thank you for teaching me something in an entertaining way. I have a banana every morning with my yogurt for breakfast and I try to always stay hydrated. It helps.

Jeannie D. said...

Well, I was going to say the same thing South Jersey said. A holistic doctor told me potassium and magnesium deficiency's cause leg cramps. Stay hydrated. Banana's are an excellent source of potassium. Not a doc or nurse, but I am big on natural cures for medical issues. I hate taking medications. I am so glad you entertain us readers. Thanks for the sacrifice! Although, I'm sure your enjoy writing it as much as we enjoy reading it!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to the store and get some bananas post haste! Thanks for the tip.

Linda in MA said...

Got to love those bananas for keeping the leg cramps away. Just bought Blue Christmas for my Nook. Can't wait to find time to read it!

Suzanne said...

I eat bananas daily and still get them. At least twice I've woken up with them so bad I've almost passed out. Went to the dr about them twice. Once it was so bad that I had a bruise all the way around my ankle, dr things the muscle tore and bled down to my ankle. Not fun and they seem to run in my family as my parents get them.

Aurian said...

O I do know what you are talking about! It hurts so much, and sometimes it takes a lot of time before I am able to stretch the leg out again. Luckily, my boyfriend is there sometimes to help with that.

And thanks for keeping us in books! I will have to dive in your other series soon. And I do read Christmas stories all year long, so don't worry about the timing.