The Daily Joe, July 24
Updated: Aug 1, 2019
Happy Wednesday! Or as I tend to call it Wed-nez-day. It's one of those tricks I adopted to help me spell it right. I have a friend named Marcia, and every time I write her name, I say Mar-sea-uh just so I don't spell it M-A-R-S-H-A. It's just a funny brain trick I have.
I have another brain thing... Have you ever been hungover?
I haven't, not in the conventional way anyhow. But I get book hangovers. I mentioned it yesterday on Facebook, and it made me think maybe I'd talk about it today.
Book hangover is a term I learned from Dakota Rebel (she may or may not have created the phrase). It's the time right after completing the writing of a book, where you are drained and exhausted and it is literally impossible to start work on the next project. Okay wait. You can start work. It will just be awful. Just awful. Like poking yourself in the head awful. Sometimes, I will actually get a headache from trying to jump into something new too soon.
That's me, though. I know there are some authors who have no problem with it. They must be superhuman or something. I don't know.
When I say I need time though, I'm talking a day or two. Not a month or so. Let's not get crazy. Right?!
So yesterday, I finished a project. Today, I have a little bit of book hangover. So what am I doing? Blogging, making graphics, being creative without working on story creation. I'm giving myself a break.
I think it's important to know and acknowledge this time. I have so many friends, even non-writers, who complete big projects and then are really hard on themselves because they can't just jump into the next thing. I hear about how they're slackers and undisciplined and just fooling around. These are their words, not mine. But I think give yourself a break. You can't go full-on guns-blazing all the time.
Sometimes you have to rest.
Today, July 24, 2019
Today, I am having a rest day. I'm writing it here to remind myself to actually do it because I'm terrible that way. That doesn't mean I'm doing nothing. I'm working on some blogging and prepping my August plans. I'm also reviewing the writing I did the past few days and polishing it up. But no new writing, no pushing myself hard.
Don't forget The Billionaire's Christmas Cruise releases to the world on Monday! I've been advertising the Amazon link, but in all fairness, I should let you know it will be on Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Kobo, too.
Have a happy, happy hump day!