Business Musings: The Possibility of Burnout and Hairy Elephants
I admit: I debated about whether or not to write a blog at all this week. I’m so overwhelmed with so many projects that there is no surface. I actually made the analogy to Dean this week that I’m so deep underwater that if someone poured a bucket of water on top of me, I wouldn’t feel it any more than a sea creature on the ocean floor would.
Some of this goes back to my “Because…September” post. I am slowly ticking off my to-do list, but in order to get that done, I’ve had to forgo important stuff like relaxation in the evening and time with friends.
Clearly, a person can’t survive without rest, relaxation and a time off—or rather, a person can, until she burns out. I don’t plan on burning out, but I sense it hovering in the distance.
I made myself a promise this week: I would get one do-not-miss thing done per day, and I would not add to my already full to-do list. Which is actually working. I’m actually climbing out of the hole I’ve dug, but it requires a bit of a concentrated effort—and a focus I haven’t had time for. I’m making that focus now, and hoping to get ahead, but so far that’s not happening.
I have to finish revising the contracts book and putting it in order. I have a do-not-miss deadline mid-month, and so I’m still digging in that icky squicky world of contracts, which does sap my energy. Thanks to all of you who have sent even more stuff. I’ll incorporate some of it in the book.
I’m also finishing up another project, and line-editing a third. I have reading for a fourth. I’m only telling you all of this because…oh, I don’t know. Because I’m tired, I think.
It’s me thinking out loud. I’d like to write a useful blog post on some of the great stuff I’m hearing about, but I don’t have the time to research it all—at least not this week. I was at a writer’s meeting Friday night, made two pages of notes, and haven’t even taken those pages off the kitchen table where I placed them when I got home.
I think my brain is telling me something. It’s full-up, as my French publisher used to say. And I need to let it get some rest.
So this is a short blog post after all. A until-next-week post. Because the last thing I want to do is get too burned out to do the blog, and I am on the edge of it. I get a lot of value out of the blog and the interaction as well, so I don’t want to lose that by making the blog a chore.
Rather than belabor the point any more, I’m going to end here, and be back, refreshed (I hope!) next week.
Until then, enjoy your writing, and enjoy the new world of publishing that we’re all in. We all seem to have an abundance of work because of this new world, and that’s a good thing. So much better than trying to find someone (anyone!) to buy the book we labored on only to be told by some dweeble in the sales department that vampires are out and hairy elephants are in, so why not write about hairy elephants?
I’m appreciative of all of the good that’s coming our way.
I hope you are too.
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Have a good break Kris! Xx
Hopefully you’re not taking the time to read this but… take care kiddo. 🙂
Kris, a short blog post from you is worth more than an essay from a lot of other people. Thank you for writing them it.
Burning out is too dangerous. It’s as if to exploit a minute more, then we ended up wasting a whole day to recover. Not good. Definitively not.
Rest and breathe and enjoy the weekend =)
I really look forward to your Thursday morning posts, even the ones like today’s. Maybe especially the ones like today’s because I need to be reminded that you are not some Writing Goddess. ( I do tend to think of you that way. It’s a bit intimidating.)
Cut yourself some slack (where did that saying come from?) and schedule some down time every day. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of “I have so much to do” and just go, go, go trying to get it done.
lol – just one word – ‘BREATHE!’
In the end, we are our worst enemies… or allies. The choice is up to us. The frog that wished to be as big as the ox, you know… http://www.bonjourlafrance.com/french_literature/jean_de_la_fontaine_fables/frog_ox_grenouille_boeuf.htm
Take good care of yourself, and take your time to go back to more in-depth blogging. We definitely don’t want you to burn out!
And if you feel like it at some point, I’m sure you would be able to make any story interesting, even one about hairy elephants. BTW, this theme reminds me of an amazing feminist essay about scaly llamas by Kameron Hurley, that I’m sure you know already: http://aidanmoher.com/blog/featured-article/2013/05/we-have-always-fought-challenging-the-women-cattle-and-slaves-narrative-by-kameron-hurley/
I’m glad I’m not the only one who keeps adding to a list-of-things-to-do! 🙂
We do need regular rest and breaks. I didn’t for three years, and I burnt out in June. I am only now getting back to things. It’s difficult to say no and give ourselves time to recharge. Good for you for taking the time. I’m now scheduling weekly breaks and working to a schedule instead of working every day from the time I get up to the time I go down.
Hairy elephants are in?
Awesome! I wrote a hairy elephant novel years ago that nobody would buy, because Zombie Gerbils were the thing. I’m gonna be rich!
But…BUT VAMPIRES NEVER DIE! (Hyuk hyuk, I just had to say that, but seriously the vampire market is evergreen, no joke, I swear…)
In any event, THANKS FOR POSTING DESPITE SEVERE OVERLOAD you know how much we love you, right Kristine??? Right???????