The evening news is on in the background as I type. The anchor is having his own little pun fest tonight. Normally, I would enjoy his attempts. I think it’s fair to say I like a pun more than the average person does. Tonight though he’s not even getting a half grin out of me. I’m spent. Totally and completely spent.
I have four deadlines over the next two weeks. I have a book festival next Saturday. (If you’re in Princeton stop by and say hello!) I have Christmas decorating and shopping and wrapping to do. I am still trying to recover or replace files and programs from the great computer meltdown of last month. I WANT, WANT, WANT to work on my WIP. I NEED, NEED, NEED to complete a couple of marketing tasks for PROVIDENCE. Plus I need to clean the house, do the laundry, cook the meals, and run the errands. Oh, and it would be wise for me to schedule in time for the tearbursts that come from too much stress.
Here is my plan to get through this low:
- Between Christmas and New Year’s Day find things to cut from my life to lower my expenses, so I can cut my day job hours and spend more time on my own writing.
- Start every morning and end every day with reading some of the most positive reviews of PROVIDENCE out there. They just plain cheer me up.
- Take things one at a time and don’t bend to unreasonable requests.
- Go out and have fun at least one night a week no matter how many things are still on my to-do list.
- Spend an hour a day enjoying what’s around me – Christmas music, decorations, good news from a friend, whatever will make me smile.
- Remind myself I’ve been here before and managed to get it all done and lived to tell about it.
I hope you all have less stress or better coping techniques. Life should be enjoyed not trudged through.