May 20th, 2005

I Work Too Much


Finished editing Chapter 2 of the book; working my way through Chapter 1 which is, ugh, twice as long. It's a good thing this will be getting another round of editing; it's not that I think the work is bad, but it helps me move on instead of obsessing. I can say to myself, "Phil will catch that, and if he doesn't, it doesn't matter." I kind of like being the pre-editor editor. Less stress, that's for sure.

Vacation plans are set; we leave next Thursday for ten days hiking in Utah. I'm a little nervous, to tell the truth, mostly about being away from my work for so long. I think I work too much and have too little fun, but I'm working on fixing that (or at least compensating a little bit). The summer is going to be hard because I have four different writing projects on deck, and it's always hard for me to say that I've worked enough when I have unstructured projects like that. I think I'll try to set myself some interim goals, and also make my boy kick me out of the house and away from the computer periodically. Plus I have lots of friends I need to make dates with, and I'm going to try to get to the gym at least five times a week again. So at least I've got some counter-writing forces to help me have some fun.

I also think getting away for a little while will help me get out of my work-all-the-time routine. I'm definitely not signing myself up for another semester like this one next year, so hopefully once I break my pattern of constant work and stress I'll be able to stay out of it at least for a little while.

. . . on that note, back to work . . .
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