I just returned from a lovely, week-long, extremely necessary beach vacation. The week before had been seven days of extreme highs and lows and my stress level was pretty much at an all-time height. As the deadline for this book creeps nearer, my anxiety is increasing about Getting It Done and Doing It Well, and a series of roadblocks and breakthroughs are giving me a roller-coaster ride of it. Also, my dog almost died. But there were so many good things that matched the really awful things, that I’d prefer to remember all those:
This get-well-soon gift basket that everyone at my work put together for my sick dachshund. There was even a card that they all signed. I work with seriously the nicest people ever.
A free book from a fabulous blog that arrived just before my vacation departure and promised to be the perfect beach read. It was. I finished it in one day. (Thanks again Steph!)
A gifted pair of super funky, super comfortable new heels from my Aunt Wendy.
Vacation made everything even better: I read 2.5 books, saw baby dolphins, went water skiing, got a full summer’s tan in a few days (I so so so miss being a lifeguard and getting paid to tan; we editor folks are much more pasty with our indoor office jobs), played an excessive amount of bananagrams, and even wrote a 2,000-word first chapter to a new book that’s been floating around in my head for a month or so. I won’t say much about it except to say that the writing was almost easy, I love the characters and the plot, and I think it’s good. Like, really good. [cross your fingers!] I’m so looking forward to NaNoWriMo this year (probably the next chance I’ll have to seriously start writing this new book. With my deadline for the Byberry State Hospital book being early November, I’ll be able to partake in at least some of the month’s Twitter writing-sprints and local write-ins).
So I’m back, my stress level is down, I feel like I can actually handle everything and get it all done, and will even be blogging with more regularity again (hurray!)
How’s your summer treating you? Were you able to go on a vacation yet, even if it was just a mini staycation? Did it do any good things for your writing?