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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Putting Writing Career In Perspective

Do you want to put your writing career in perspective? Just pack up and move.

The last 3 months have been a nightmare. Like everybody else, I deal with a lot of stress on a daily basis. But then there is stress, and then there is STRESS.

Moving qualifies as S-T-R-E-S-S.

Funny how the things of life take up your time. Pre-move, I was caught up in trying to keep up with the publishing industry and find time for my own writing. During the last three months, writing time disappeared altogether and in the last 3 weeks especially, it has felt like "publishing industry? What publishing industry?"

So now, FINALLY, after spending Memorial Weekend packing up and cleaning up and finishing the move to the new location (thankfully I did have sense enough to take time to pause to remember our men and women in the military and those who made the ultimate sacrifice), I only have the chaos of one new household to deal with (well that and the dog being very sick---you know things have devolved when your life is structured around your dog's medication administration and eagerly awaiting the moment they go to the bathroom!).

So other than the dog, only the considerable amount of unpacking and organizing remain.

And to return to some sense of writing normalcy.

To be honest, I skim publishing industry blogs today and realize I just have no interest in them right now. I am just too tired to care about writing. And of course that instills a little fear. I'm thinking, "Have I come all this way only to throw in the towel now?"

But then I have to remind myself---I've just spent three exhausting months preparing to move and moving. I am beyond tired and mentally fatigued.

The drive will come back. Hopefully in time to participate in ACFW's NovelTrack Writing segment in July.

Until then, I just need to unpack, get organized, then rest and regroup to see what the last half of this year brings!


King J's Queen said...

So, are the dog and the cat adapting well to the new arrangement?

B.K. Jackson said...

We're still working on it. We've made a point to take it slow and easy and it is going surprisingly better than I thought it would.

That said, I think it will still be a while before they can both be on the loose in the same room at the same time.