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October 9th, 2004
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It's 8 am on a Saturday morning. I work today from 10 to 5 and I've been up since 7. I have a meeting at 9. Already I'm stressing about what I have and haven't gotten done today, and how many hundreds of other things I have to do that I won't fit into today.

I think I need a lifestyle change.

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From:treebones
Date:October 9th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
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*hugs* for the netmouse. (:
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From:sleigh
Date:October 9th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
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*hugs* also -- you need to pare down that life some! :-)
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From:netmouse
Date:October 11th, 2004 02:33 am (UTC)
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*hugs* also -- you need to pare down that life some! :-)

Well, I need to make the thing that I do for a living something that I find rewarding enough that I can then relax on my off time and take care of my house and spouse and other fun things. :)

Questing for real accomplishment in your spare time after a full-time job is very wearing. I really ought to figure out the best way to approach doing copyediting and proofreading as paying work and give a solid try at making that work for a while. I guess the first step is probably to contact publishers and talk to editors.
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From:novapsyche
Date:October 9th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*

I think I need a lifestyle change.

Careful what you wish for! :) But yes, stress is no good.
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From:matt_arnold
Date:October 9th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*
Delegate, delegate, delegate. Have you ever asked me to help with something and I said no?
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From:jeffreyab
Date:October 9th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
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What they said with emphasis!
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From:stardustgirl
Date:October 9th, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
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Another "what they said" here as well.

November is still an option! :-)
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From:the_leewit
Date:October 9th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)
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I think you do, too. Is there something I can do, even remotely? (For some reason, I seem to have spare time and focus at the same time [I blame the fish I had last night]), and I am house/dog/ teeneager sitting for my parents, so can't do anything for myself... You need some filler for a zine? A nudge to your husband to pick up the dry cleaning?
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From:netmouse
Date:October 11th, 2004 03:08 am (UTC)
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I don't know if there's anything you can do, other than to go to the iowa writer's workshop and reaffirm my sense that it *is* possible to follow the path where your talents lie...

Thank you for calling yesterday. Sorry I didn't call back. I've been tired and aimless. I did finally get unpacked from our san francisco trip, though.

I have these bios I'm supposed to compile for the AWC Top Michigan Women in Computing program-- ten bios of fantastically accomplished women, all doing jobs I would enjoy doing. I had expected working on this to be fun and inspiring, but whether it's being premenstrual or something else, I've just found it feeds into my bitterness. And the desire to impress the women involved adds to the pressure to do it well and then leads to avoidance of it for fear of failing to do so.

I did meet with our program book editor yesterday and found I had lots of good suggestions. Just still no copy.
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From:the_leewit
Date:October 9th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Hey, sweetie... why don't *you* go to Clarion? Aren't you like, a Hugo-nominated author, or something?(;
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From:netmouse
Date:October 9th, 2004 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Hey, sweetie... why don't *you* go to Clarion? Aren't you like, a Hugo-nominated author, or something?(;

nope... Cheryl didn't run any of my writing in the fanzine until this year. The nomination and win was for last year's work. I have a hugo-winning fanzine I can brag about proofreading though.

I think at heart I'm more of a proofreader/editor than a writer. I mean, I write well, in a documentation/lecture style, or inter-personal diplomacy, or in little vinettes or poems, but I've never been a plot person. It might be interesting for me to collaborate with someone who can do plot and knows more about the tropes of literature than I do.

But really, it's kind of like programming - a tool I can use that I don't much like to sit down for hours and just do. I don't have the heart for it. I don't love it, as my career coach would say. Then again, there are plenty of successful authors who complain about how writing is painful...
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