I took a couple days off writing to de-stress, then returned and even though distressing was successful, and the writing I did immediately afterwards was fun in a way, I re-stressed immediately with a single day writing three chapters when I returned.
I work a full time job as well as writing Symbiote. Even though I am blessed by a need for little sleep, needing less than 4 hours per night to be fully functional, for weeks at a time if need be, writing 20-30 hours per week on top of my 40hour job with 45 minute one way commute and an extra hour or so per day on average in the office was making it a bit harder for me to actually deal with stress at work.
So I had to stay away for a while. Even so, the problem is not gone. Now that I recognize it, I have to respect it.
The problem I had was… How do I say I need to stay away again, after I said I had de-stressed and was coming back to write again? I struggled with that a bit, and procrastinated. Then I procrastinated some more, and before I knew it a week had passed. ACK!
I am not done writing. Updates will resume. I won’t say they will be as regular as they were before, and I may drop my lower word limit down a bit.
Sorry folks. I’m almost afraid to read my responses for the last week, because I figure there will be some that are going to make me feel like a weasel, but I will. If this sense of disappointing one’s readership is anything like what a successful writer feels when they can’t write for whatever reason, I now have a taste of that feeling. Even if I am by no stretch of the imagination a successful writer in any way other than that I enjoy writing and that I am improving, I think.
The whole concept of something enjoyable contributing to stress in my life was inconceivable before now. I apologize to anyone who was concerned or irritated while I dealt with learning this.