Vitamin B3, or Niacin, is a fantastic little vitamin that serves all sorts of functions in the human body.
Hmmm…. I suppose before I go any farther with this, I should do the whole “I am not a doctor or medical care specialist of any sort. Anything I say regarding the matter is for educational and/or entertainment value only. I am not offering advice, making suggestions, or in any other way indicating that anyone should do anything that I write about here. I am only passing on my personal observations on what I have done, and what has happened to me.”
There. All the crazy legalese is out of the way. It’s insane what the gooberment requires you to do before talking about medicine or nutrition. After all, someone might accidentally interfere with all the money that the pharmaceutical, “health”, and medical industries make by
fleecing er, helping all of us to a “healthier” lifestyle.
Uh, oh. Sorry, but I seem to have stumbled up onto this soapbox somehow, when all I intended to do was tell you about something that happened to me recently. As I was saying, B3 serves all sorts of functions in our bodies. But did you know that it also has an interesting side effect once you’re body reaches its saturation point with it? It’s call the “Niacin Flush”, and occurs to various degrees to different people. For some, it manifests as a slight warmth and reddening of the skin on the head and upper body (a flush). It usually lasts somewhere between fifteen minutes to an hour or so, depending on many variables. I’ve read that some people actually find the feeling to be quite pleasant.
But Yours Truly has a history of allergic reactions that includes breaking out in hives all over my body. So when I began to feel that warmth, I started getting a little concerned that I was heading into another reaction. After a few minutes though, I realized this was something different. For one thing, my hives are accompanied by an insufferable itching sensation, and almost always first begin with itching and swelling in the tender areas of the body (inside elbows and wrists, backs of knees, behind ears, around the eyes, and yes, the groin – after all, they aren’t called the “tender bits” for nothing).
But this was different. It was more like a sudden sunburn on my forehead that soon spread down to my upper torso and arms. And there was none of the insane itching or racing heartbeat that always accompanied my allergic reactions. But lucky me, I did still get a slight swelling of my face, eyes, and wrists. (see the pic to the left, here.) Nowhere near as bad as when I get a true allergic reaction, but enough that I decided to show my wife just in case it was some new presentation of my allergies.
Within an hour or two (I’m at the outer range of the timeline for such things – like I said, lucky me…), the swelling and “flush” were mostly gone. Of course, the next morning, I began my typical Holmsian investigation of what all I had done the night before it occurred and quickly stumbled upon reports of the Niacin Flush. The vast majority of the articles I found indicate that it is quite harmless, and while the swelling that I had is rare, it does occasionally happen. I imagine my predisposition to such reactions because of my allergies likely makes a difference, as well.
Bottom line, while the reaction was a little disconcerting as it was happening, at least now I know what it was, and will be prepared if it happens again (which most accounts seem to agree, it likely will). So that was my excitement for the week. And I get to combine my regular blog post with my RPotW.
So enough about the weirdness of my reaction. On to the writing updates.
EPP – End Point Pangaea is now a bit over 46k words in length, and the plot still flows smoothly. Ask yourself, how would a society develop if we began to dump murderers and political dissidents into the late Triassic Era? How would they and their families adjust to a world of dinosaurs, where the world is barely evolved, with no grains, fruits, or vegetables as we know them? Fun stuff.
BoR – The Sekrit Projekt (phase 1) is now done and out of my hands. There is nothing more I can do with it until I hear back from those who are farther up the food chain. Now I can only wait to find out if it moves forward.
Y12 – The only other thing worth reporting is that there are now six reviews on Year 12, and three reviews of Chucklers, Volume 1, all of which are five star reviews. Yay!
And speaking of Y12, I had been getting a bit depressed about not getting any audiobook auditions for it. I posted an audition script for it in mid-January and received a single audition. But after that, nothing for almost a month. I was beginning to think no one was interested in working on it. My original narrator no longer works for royalty share, and as much as I like his work, I simply can’t afford to pay up front. But I remembered that I had saved some of my favorite auditions for HPM back when I was taking auditions for it, so I thought I would investigate whether any of those narrators still worked for royalty share. Imagine my surprise when I found that somehow, Y12 had been marked as no longer taking auditions! I have no idea how or when that happened, but it sure explains why I haven’t received any more auditions! So I’ve now reset it to accept auditions, and we’ll see whether or not that makes a difference. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Well, that’s enough for now. Time to get back to writing.
So stay safe, and I’ll talk to you next time.