Tuesday 31 August 2010

Anyone else out there drive themselves nuts…?

So I have submitted two short stories to two different anthologies this weekend and already I am driving myself crazy wondering what the editors will think of them, and if they will be accepted!

It’s ridiculous to check my email every half an hour, hoping they will already have read them and replied, yet I just can’t seem to stop myself! Now, instead of checking, I am writing this blog post in order to distract myself.

What I really should be doing is editing. I am now down to the last fifty or so pages of my latest book, but I am struggling to concentrate and stay focused. Of course it doesn’t help that I’ve only had about five hours sleep (grrrr) and my hubbie is away for work. I don’t want to edit when I feel like this because I know I will not be doing my best work and I want it to be perfect (or as close to perfect as I can get it.)

I also know the house needs cleaning, the laundry needs to be done, and I am in the middle of furiously blending vegetables and freezing them in ice-cube trays for the baby’s dinner! I think today I should just accept that maybe I need to focus on the home, as opposed to the writing.

Maybe actually turning the computer off will help! But I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it…


  1. LOL because I was writing in my journal about making myself crazy while out walking this morning. I took my recorder to do some work on an outline, but during half the walk with the pups all I could think about was an encounter with an irresponsible dog owner last week, fearful we might encounter them again. After I got home and wrote about it in the journal, I realized there was no fear, it was a way to occupy my mind and block the outline from coming through. Every time the thoughts come up, I put them in a bubble and release them to the Universe. Little technique I learned in a meditation class. My mind is mostly clear now and have been productive ever since.

  2. Oh, for a clear mind! Sometimes I feel as though my head is spinning, I am trying to juggle so many things. We are going away this weekend for a long w/end break where there is no internet access. I am trying to talk myself into leaving the laptop behind so I take a break from writing and concentrate on family time. I think it will do me good. Thanks for stopping by!