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I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted lately, and it’s not a bad idea to take a moment and examine why. Or maybe it is. If I knew for sure, I’d be making a lot more money as a therapist.

Earlier this week, while at a doctor’s office in Fort Wayne, I learned my father fell and broke a couple of ribs. (Then we walked outside to hear tornado sirens going off, so—long day.) My family and friends have had a series of illnesses/accidents lately. We were, after all, at a doctor’s office.

Oh, on an unrelated note, my garage door fell on me again. Long story.

That puts it in perspective, because everything else is pretty minor. It’s just been an accumulation, plus I tend to get tired and down when the weather turns cooler and gloomy and when my chronic back pain acts up.

A lot is writing related: I’ve been sending eight different story submissions out to agents and editors, and the constant flow of rejection letters was starting to get to me. I just finished the third polishing of my latest novel, and being done with a big project (even if only temporarily done) can leave a writer with a lost feeling. Also, still not a big fan of selling myself—but I’ve got books, and you need to buy ‘em.

So I think it’s just that perfect storm of little things accumulating, along with some sleep and digestive issues. (Cause, or effect?) Oh, and pain. Did I mention the garage door?

A lot of people have gone through way worse than us, and if that thought doesn’t help … there’s always chocolate. Either way, I don’t plan to vent often, as I seem to have developed a reputation as the funny guy. I think I prefer that to being the complaining guy.


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May. 13th, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC)
Venting is necessary for your health, I reckon!

Your mention of your Dad and a fall is like my Mum - she only mentioned, about three days later, that she had fallen last week, couldn't get up, and had to get her cousin to come up from the village to get her on her feet - and that she twisted her knee - and had seen her doctor about it...
May. 14th, 2015 07:12 am (UTC)
And you had to find out after the fact? In some ways that's way worse! That's the way I'll be when I'm older, refusing to accept that I'm ... older.
May. 14th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
I hope things get better soon.

And for goodness sake you need to stay away from your garage door.

Maybe you shouldn't think of it as complaining but as honing new material?
May. 14th, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
You know, I haven't wanted to turn that stuff into new material as much as I used to ... I think I'm hitting some kind of paint threshold. Unfortunately, I have to deal with that garage door to get the mower in and out! But I'm hoping to have it repaired within a couple of weeks.
May. 14th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)
Everyone needs a good vent once in a while. Hope your back recovers soon!
May. 14th, 2015 08:21 am (UTC)
My back? Well, that was before the four hour barn fire yesterday ...
May. 15th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
May. 17th, 2015 06:06 am (UTC)
Aw.... *hugs back* We all have our rough times.
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