Friday, February 18, 2011


I think I over do it sometimes.
I take that back. I know I do!

The world of a writer can be overwhelming. I've talked about this before. If my memory serves me correct, I think I said that writers are perfect candidates to be sent off to Crazyville. And if you're a writer, you know what I'm talking about, because you're probably half way there already. Today, however, I'd like to relax and take a minute to recharge my lit-thuim batteries...Get it? Lit as in literary and thium as in lithium, ah never mind! I've never been much of a humorist. Seriously. Ask anyone who knows me; I'm pretty dull, and I rarely get jokes. Guess that's why God made me a thriller/suspense writer. Anyway, I digress. But that's okay...because I'm relaxing...I'm chillin'.

That's right. I'm going to slow down for a couple of hours and stop thinking about books, and writing, and publishing, and cover art, and blog tours, and ISBN numbers, and wholesale discounts, and return policies, and blog posts (ehem), and Pixels Per Inch, and reading, and studying, and Garamond font, and setting up accounts, and web traffic, and, and, and! Whew! I really needed to throw all that junk on the table. Hope you don't mind me regurgitating my literary vomit in front of you. Sorry. I know - that's gross. But so is having a one track mind. And that's the point.

I can become pretty yucky when all I think about is writing. Ask any writer! I'm sure he or she has been there before. Writers are all too familiar with the tell-tell-signs of our friends and family going on with their lives, saddened, as we wander off into the writing abyss of MSs and all the other crap that we find ourselves wrapped up, twisted and drowning in. They have this look about them that screams "There he goes again... off into the stormy sea of words and busy work that means so little to us! Man over board! Dads lost it! Hurry! Get the life preserver. He's turning blue!"

Do you ever get that? Do you have a method to keep you in check? I don't and that's why I'm writing this post. Well I take that back. Now that I mention it, I do have this new rule that after 8:00 pm when I'm home - I'm done with all my writing stuff - everything, emails, twitter posts, facebook, etc. But other than that, I've got a bad case of authorschizoitis - as in I can't stop, 'cause I choose to embrace everything they tell us writers are supposed to do. I know. You're shaking your head. Poor, poor, Jeff.

Thank you for the sympathy. But there's no need for pity.

I'm going out on a limb here, but aren't writers supposed to embrace the more important things in life like family, balance, health and faith? Or should I ask - Can we embrace those things if we need meds for authorschizoitis?

Maybe you aren't here...yet...where I am. But when you get there, be sure to shoot off a flare, wave a white flag and RELAX. I am...for a time...and it feels good. BOOM!

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  1. You're lucky that your wife and kids indulge your authorschizoitis. Or do they? ;-) My own symptoms seem to irritate the folks in my household and most of my friends. It does not fail. Someone calls, "What are you doing?" I always answer, "writing" or "drawing"
    No I can't get rid of it. I am hopeless. No meds for me.
    I will get out of the house and walk to chill out, yes! but I always carry a pen and paper tho', to catch the vomit. lol

  2. Glad to know I am not alone. As far as the wife goes, she does pretty well with it all, until it's 11:00 p.m. and all I can say to her is, "Uh huh, Yeah, mmm hmm." That's pretty much when she turns around and silently retreats into a sad place.

    That's when I make the 8:00 rule.

  3. You'd be surprised how many of us Regurgitationist's out there. (yes I made that up blogger stop spell-checking me!)
    I'm fortunate to be single in this regard, but I have to remind myself I'm the only one keeping the house clean! :p

  4. I've been thinking this exact same thing for the past few weeks. Never ending! I use productive distractions - photography - cooking - guitar teh like. That combined with a supportive family and it seems to work!

  5. Right on, Sean. I think if we stay connected with them and balance our lives, they are more willing to accept our occasional obsessiveness. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. It's after 11pm. I'm reading and commenting on your article. I've got TweetDeck and Facebook open as well. I'm procrastinating completing my critique of the submissions for our Weekly Meetup and Critique session at the Indy downtown library in the morning.

  7. Hi Newbie,
    I live south of Indianapolis! Maybe I'll see you there sometime. I went to the Writer's conventiion there this last fall - I didn't participate as an author, but I went to one of the sessions! Thanks for stopping by.


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