I am back home, after nearly a week in NYC, during which time I got to do BEA.
Before I went, my carpal tunnel problem was getting better. It's now a lot worse: and not because I was doing a lot of writing, either.
Folks, if you meet an author for the first time, by all means offer to shake their hand. However, writing is something we do on computer keyboards, and some of us have exciting and unpleasant repetitive strain injuries. It's generally considered polite to refrain from inflicting screaming agony on your favourite author in order to display your enthusiasm. So please be gentle when shaking our hands!
(NB: offering to crush the author's other hand instead is not an improvement: most keyboards require eight fingers and two thumbs to operate ...)
This PSA is, alas, necessary because I've been on the receiving end of one too many walnut-crushers this week (with a book signing on top), and I am consequently resorting to diclofenac gel (a fairly powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-killer for musculoskeletal problems: available without prescription in the UK, but not the US). I'm also laying off the keyboard as much as possible for the next couple of weeks, and trying to reserve my keystrokes for business-related activities.