I’m Far Too Tired to Think Up a Title for This Blog Post


I know there have been tumbleweeds blowing around here on the old blog the past couple of weeks. I feel guilty about it. Maybe guilty isn’t the right word, since it really isn’t hurting anyone but me if I don’t post. Stressed out is probably a more accurate term. It’s not just the blog, it’s the whole social networking thing. I haven’t tweeted in a month, I’ve hardly commented on anyone’s blog in the past two weeks, and lately I’ve even been absent from Facebook. If you can’t find the time to make one lousy comment on Facebook a day, you know you’re hard up.

I’ve been completely slammed with landscaping and book stuff. I’m making progress with formatting Running Wide Open for print on demand, and the ebook is almost ready to upload. All I’m waiting for is one more blurb and the first chapter of Getting Sideways, the second book in the series. With ebooks it’s common to include a sample of a coming attraction at the end of your book. I thought I had this excerpt all ready to go, but then I found an editor who actually seems to know what she’s doing, and she pointed out some problems. This meant going from being a few days away from being ready to upload, to having to completely re-write the chapter. And since there are other edits I’m going to need to make, I had to invest a lot of time in planning it all out before I could be sure exactly what to put in that chapter. The whole editing-the-second-book thing pretty much derailed my publication schedule and completely changed my focus, so now that I’ve got the chapter finished I’ve got to go back through my notes from ten days ago to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing on Running Wide Open.

What makes all this really difficult is that by the end of the day, I’m beat. Landscaping is hard work, especially in the spring when you’re spreading yard debris compost almost every day. But this year it’s even worse because the compost is soaking wet from all the rain. When it’s wet it’s really heavy, it doesn’t spread well, and it squishes down into a disgusting mat if you step on it. In addition to this, I messed up my shoulder, so it hurts to shovel the mulch, and the sucky thing about working when you’re hurt is that it totally drains your energy. I figure it’s tree karma. My chiropractor-friend Sean said that the ache on the outside of my arm is probably referred pain from a rotator cuff injury. I looked that up online, and sure enough, it matches the symptoms exactly. The thing is, those sort of injuries are usually caused by doing repetitive work above your head. I looked back through my records to what I was doing around the time the pain started and there was only one job, since that was early February—pruning a tree with my chainsaw-on-a-stick. I shouldn’t have even been pruning the tree that way, since I was basically topping it, but the customer kept asking me to do it, expecting his red maple to be a dwarf that had a nice umbrella shape (in other words, wanting the impossible) so I finally gave in. I’m just not into talking back to 84-year-old WWII veterans. But now the universe is getting back at me for butchering that tree. I just know it.

This lump of mulch, about 4″ tall, was so wet it rode six miles on my tailgate without falling off.

So here’s the deal. I get home from work sore and tired. I’d like to kick back with a Guinness and watch reruns of House all night, but instead I have a book to publish. I can force myself to do a little book stuff at night, but that’s about it. And don’t ask me to write. I can Photoshop, format, and sort through my list of book reviewers for matches, but stringing words together is next to impossible. You’d think making a comment on someone’s blog or Facebook wouldn’t require a whole lot of brainpower, but I just sit there staring at the screen trying to remember how to spell simple words. In fact, this here blog post is about killing me. I hope it makes sense.

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34 Responses to I’m Far Too Tired to Think Up a Title for This Blog Post

  1. Todd McCann says:

    I hear you, Lisa. After 11 hours of driving, I find it hard to motivate to do anything execept eat and watch some TV. I don’t usually even tweet much at the end of a shift, and that’saying something.

    Todd McCann
    https://twitter.com/ToddMcCann
    http://abouttruckingjobs.wordpress.com

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  2. Lisa's friend Katy says:

    Oh, Lisa! I’m sorry you hurt your shoulder!

    Man, I would *not* like to arm wrestle you these days! You’d beat me in about 3 seconds.

    I have two new duckies 4 U. 🙂

    -Katy

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  3. terripatrick says:

    Rest! Get a massage!

    Give yourself a break on the social networking because unless it’s fun to you it is of no value until you have something to promote. When your books are ready for purchase, that’s when social networking can be a benefit. Until then focus on creating a stellar book readers will want to tell their friends about. That’s when it’s time to enjoy being a social butterfly through cyberspace.

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  4. Roxie says:

    About that shoulder – hate to add to your burden, but if you ignore the pain, it will not go away. This is your livelihood and you want to make sure your tools are in optimum condition. Have you talked to a medic about this?

    As for the posting, tweeting, etc, you have established a presence. Rest on your laurels for a bit.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Roxie, I’m only too aware that these injuries don’t just go away, especially since I’m not twenty anymore. I’ve taken your advice on the social stuff lately, mostly because I’ve been so busy working on the book. Almost done!

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  5. Beth says:

    Yeah. Better do something about that shoulder. Don’t push it beyond endurance, then have to deal with it like your knee.

    This post should take you off the hook for a couple of weeks.

    Beth

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  6. Alice Lynn says:

    I’m with the rest of your commentators: give yourself time to heal and permission to take a break. Everybody deserves a vacation. When your books are out there in big wide world, you’ll be rested and ready to go again.

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  7. Take a break from the computer internet blogging, facebook, etc. I have not had much access due to having problems with internet connection….GRRRR! I am at work right now reading the blogs!!!
    Maybe you need to get an $18 year old student who would work for $5 an hour to help with the yard work????

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Rose, I have found a guy who helped me out with one job and with any luck I can call on him in the future. I hope you got your computer situation worked out.

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  8. I’m sorry to hear about your back. You could try looking into some reflexology. It might help.

    Look on the bright side, you’ll be so happy when your book comes out, and all of these bumps won’t matter.

    And yes, I have missed your comments.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Hey, Mckenzie, I’ve tried to catch up on your blog, but you’re always one step ahead of me. You’re right, once the book is published all this won’t matter. And it isn’t like I’m not enjoying the process, it’s just frustrating when I have more to do than I can accomplish.

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  9. Karen C says:

    I just took a couple weeks off from FB, and even though I felt oddly guilty…as if I was letting people down…it was nice not to *have* to be on top of every single detail of people’s lives. I say, give yourself permission to be off the grid for a bit, and focus on the big things on your to do list: work, books, recovery, and Guinness. Always the Guinness.

    Hugs!

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Karen, I was so busy being overwhelmed that I didn’t even notice you weren’t on Facebook. I guess what that tells me is that other people probably aren’t going to notice my absence. Hmm. For some reason I want to go drink a Guinness now.

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  10. Awww…keep it up, Lisa! I hear you on too much work during the day and just wanting to relax sometimes at night. Maybe you could allow yourself two nights a week of relaxing? Then you’d have something to look forward to.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Rachele, I’d love to have two days a week to relax, but the lawns won’t stop growing, and the customer jobs need to get finished, and I’m already past my target date to get the ebook up. In a few weeks it’ll all get better, then I’ll be able to take some time to relax. If I can remember how. 🙂 I’ll bet you’re really looking forward to summer vacation and your wedding. Good luck with all your plans and preparations.

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  11. Angela says:

    Sister, you do more then five people could do as a team, and it is just you. Rest for a few day’s. Let yourself have a break, and then don’t feel guilty about something that most people wont even notice if it get’s done or not. Life is to short, and you used to do things because you loved to do them. Don’t make everything you love into a job! FACEBOOK, and all the other ones are not that important if you can’t be happy, and have fun doing it.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Angela, you always make me feel like a hero. What more could I ask for in a sister? You are so right that most people won’t notice if things don’t get done. Thanks for reminding me.

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  12. Ouch on the shoulder! Hope it gets better soon, Lisa.

    I can relate to the part spelling simple words. I’m like that every morning when I get up to blog at 5 am. My brain isn’t up yet even if my body is. 😉

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  13. And here I just thought you’d been raptured early…

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  14. Love the comment before mine. 🙂

    Work is why I disappear from email & the internet every Fri-Sat. 12-14 hour days…no way I have energy left even for FB, let alone anything else. If it’s particularly brutal, I may not get back on the computer until Mon. And although I’m on my feet most of those hours, I’m not doing anything like shoveling compost. I don’t think I’d last more than a day at your job!

    Take care of that shoulder…hope it’s back in the pink soon.

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  15. Don’t feel bad. The people who care will remember you. I’m glad to hear from you myself. Take care of yourself. You sound very busy.

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  16. momaescriva says:

    After reading what you have gone through to get published, I applaud you! Don’t know if I have that kind of stamina! Congratulations.

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  17. Orice Klaas says:

    All I can say, Lisa, is . . .don’t be so hard on yourself. Your enthusiasm, talent and the sheer quality and quantity of everything you write inspires this “old dog”. Giving your creative spirit a chance to “breathe” awhile is a good idea. This “pause” is the soup of regeneration and creativity. We all have to deal with it now and then. It is indeed okay to be quiet for awhile. 🙂

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