I’ve been neglecting all my blogs. Feeling really burnt out. Creativity block, maybe? I’m falling behind in every endeavor except for the art. But that’s because I’m getting paid for that, so it’s something of an enjoyable duty in my evenings after the kids go to bed. It’s the only quiet time I have. And I like quiet, except when I’m driving.
My writing? Zilch in the past week.
My blogs? Nope. (except for today)
My social networking? Apart from Twitter and Tumblr, zip.
Crits? Only one this month, I am thoroughly ashamed.
Reading? Well, I’m only halfway through a book that I could typically finish in 2 days, but let’s not go there before I get too depressed about that. It’s surprisingly a fantastic book, Soulless by Gail Carriger, it’s really actually pretty darn good — and you know how I feel about contemporary fiction.
I think it’s approach that needs some fixing. I go through this reassessment phase every few months where I need to evaluate everything I’m doing and trying to do, and get my endeavors down to the essentials. Or at least to amounts less stressful. I take on too much and give myself anxiety. And then nothing gets done.
I am a little late in the spring cleaning, as it were.
Personal/environment stress plays a tremendous role in my productivity levels, which is probably why I haven’t achieved my goals for this month. I’m 7k words behind in Campnano, and I’m miserable about it. I won’t cry writer’s block because I know where the “block” is coming from.
This is why writing is a solitary job. I need silence to write. I need to be alone. If there’s a potential that I have to get up from my chair in the next 20 minutes, I’ll procrastinate on the writing (hence, 500 pins later). There is no “me time” during the day because I’m getting called on every 5-10 minutes.
So for those who are single or don’t have kids yet, take advantage of your free time. Don’t waste it on things that won’t help with your passions and goals, or on things that won’t mean anything in the next ten years. Time is valuable. Time disappears too quickly, and it can’t be brought back. The fact is, time goes by quicker the older you get. So use it wisely. Use it constructively. And don’t forget to take a time out once in a while with yourself, or else you’ll run the risk of getting a burnout.