That’s why I haven’t been around the Interwebs for a while. Because I broke my neck in a bicycle accident.

I’ll tell the whole story another time. For now, I just want to reassure everyone that I’m alive, and — miraculously — there will probably be no permanent damage. There are no signs of neurological issues or paralysis. I was in the hospital for a bit less than a week, and I have been outfitted with a neck brace called The Halo:

Yes, it was actually screwed directly into my skull. With screws. I feel like a cyborg. Or possibly a China Miéville character.

I’m not sure when I’ll get back to writing regularly. Right now I’m too loopy on both pain and painkillers to be very effective. But it probably won’t be too long. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who sent good wishes via Twitter, email, etc.

Oh! And also? The only reason I survived this accident with nothing more than a fractured spine is because I was wearing a helmet. If I hadn’t been wearing a helmet, I would be dead right now. Wear a helmet!

Much love to you all.