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A Chance to Breathe

October 6, 2012

I think this may be the busiest I’ve ever been in my life.

Of course, I may just be misremembering grad school. Or blocking out those memories. But this past week—past few weeks? past month?—has really worn me down.  I’ve dreamed about working almost every night. I felt multiple times that I was on the edge of a breakdown.

It was a combination of my job and my upcoming vacation. I’m one of those people who stresses about things. It’s how I roll. Preparing to go out of the country for two weeks has been a lot more work that I’d really expected. There are so many details to deal with, so many precautions to take…

Suffice it to say, I haven’t done any writing.

Oh, I’ve thought about it. But I haven’t done any. It’s really frustrating me, actually.

I spoke to a good friend about it, someone much more seasoned as a writer than I am, and she said, “One thing I’ve learned is that you just have to accept that there will be periods in your life when you can’t get any writing done.”

That makes sense, but since grad school started, it’s been one, long, “I’m too tired to write.” That’s too many years. Sure, I’ve been able to weasel NaNo in and I took a writing class, but I’ve made little to no progress on my actual novel projects. You know, stuff that matters.

I have, however, found a wonderful writing group.

It’s perfect, it’s just the right size, the members are all working on projects that are interesting and exciting to read, and—most importantly—they know how to critique! Thus far, I’ve only submitted my short stories I wrote for class (and I haven’t even gotten around to revising any of them), but I have great plans for this group. Oh, yes.

Okay, I lied a little bit. I’ve written about 250 words of the second draft of the Gray Regions in the past month. But that barely counts.

But, it’s the weekend, and I have a chance to breathe. Life is falling into place.

And on Monday, I’m going to Greece.

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