When Things Slide

I’m very conscious I’ve hardly written my blog for weeks. It’s all part of my general mental – and now physical – malaise. Things are definitely sliding away from me.  Image result for sliding

Emails are waiting for a reply; letters need to be opened; things ought to be done, and that’s without even mentioning THE NOVEL.

It doesn’t help that I’m just coming out of my fourth virus so far since Christmas – all featuring a similar cough/throat/temperature/aches syndrome. I spent a lot of the weekend asleep!

I’m not writing this to elicit sympathy (although some wouldn’t go amiss!) but in the hope that the process of writing it will help stir me into action. I need to get my novel revised and on the move.

I was downcast when I received the editor’s report and realised how much work I still had to do, but managed to pick myself up and start thinking, planning and rewriting. However, it was without much enthusiasm. Then about ten days ago, I had a bit of a breakthrough and planned a complete revamp of  a chapter which I had previously only tinkered with. I knew it would improve it dramatically. I was excited. Briefly. Since then I’ve done nothing to it.

What’s the matter with me? I need a shake up. A shout out. A major sort out.

Okay, that’s helped. I will get on with it – as soon as I can stop coughing!

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14 Comments

  1. Polly says:

    Aw…poor you – you have been unlucky with virus attacks. Get well soon x

  2. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Polly.

  3. Debbie Young says:

    I think you need a holiday, Lindsay – your body is telling you to have a rest. Cut yourself some slack, put an “out of office” message on your email, lock your study door and give the key to your husband on strict instructions not to let you back in till you’re 100% better. Too often in the past I’ve kept going when I shouldn’t have, doing everything with less enthusiasm or quality due to my reduced energy and health, and I’ve ended up felled by something worse – pneumonia, in the worst case, and very ill. Don’t let that happen to you. I now think of these breaks as “lying fallow”, because I always return more creative and energetic after completely switching off for a bit. It’s a mixed blessing being your own boss as an indie author – and it’s entirely up to you whether to be the worst boss you’ve ever had, or the best one. xxx

  4. Maureen Hall says:

    Gosh, you have had a rough ride. No wonder you feel a bit out of sorts. Sounds to me like a Writer’s Holiday might be in order: a trip to Venice, maybe? Anyway, hope things improve for you soon and you manage to get back on track.

  5. Sounds like you need a good rest with warm sunshine. Take care.

  6. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for the pep talk, Debbie. I think you’re probably right. At the moment I want to throw the whole indie author thing as far away as possible.

  7. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Mo. I have got a rather nice – extended! – Venice trip coming up but not for some time sadly.

  8. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Becky. Ironically I spent yesterday, the sunniest day of the year by far, lolling about inside.

  9. Lisa says:

    Oh, Lindsay – sending sympathy and a pile of cushions to fall back into (with no obligation to get up again any time soon!) My latest blog post is overdue by about 3 years, if that makes you feel any better! The sky hasn’t fallen in yet…

  10. Lindsay says:

    What a lovely comment, Lisa. Those cushions sound very appealing. I’m just frightened I might never get up again!

  11. Mike Hewitt says:

    Give yourself some slack Lyndsey! Listen to your body, it will tell you if you need a break. You are, after all, only human! Life has a bad habit of throwing you a curved ball just when you don’t need it. Keep your chin up young lady.

  12. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Mike. It’s kind of you to comment.

  13. Caroline says:

    I do hope things have improved for you Lindsay. I know the feeling about things sliding away, but please don’t give up yet. There’s lots of people out there who will want to read your next book once it is ready.

  14. Lindsay says:

    Thank you, Caroline. Lovely to receive your encouragement.

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