When it Rains…Crawl Under the Covers

What do you do when all your commitments weigh on you, yet your body decides it’s time to shut down? That’s exactly what happened to me this week, and it has thrown my whole schedule out of whack.

It doesn’t matter what your profession is or isn’t, we all have daily obligations nagging at us like toddlers with endless questions. Unfortunately these tasks and chores don’t magically go away when we are less than at prime.

when it rainsWhat’s the answer?

Don’t do them.


Our body is sending a clear message and, if we listen, we’re bound to recover more quicker. To ignore it will only prolong the suffering. Can you think of a time you’ve done this to yourself?

August McLaughlin recently wrote a wonderful post on this very topic. She has some fantastic tips on how to better balance our lives to avoid such issues in the future and I recommend you give it a read. Living Well to Write Well When Feeling @%$#-y.

Of course, sick kids bringing home bugs didn’t make her list. 🙁 I’m fairly certain that’s where I got mine, this time. I can say, with confidence, that on the average, I don’t get enough sleep, don’t eat properly, nor exercise sufficiently, all in the name of writing and my platform. Maybe more adjustments need to be made for healthier me. Are you adequately looking out for yourself?

I believe it was Jonathan Gunson who said those of us trying to build and maintain a platform should use 70% of our free time for writing and the reaming 30% for social media.  That means on most days I have about an hour to cover everything from Facebook, Twitter, blogging (on my own site and visiting elsewhere), and anything else that falls into that category that I may be neglecting. In other words, we need to have a tight work ethic when we delve into those cyber playgrounds.

Set a timer. Don’t cut into your sleep or personal time. Your creativity will suffer for it.


I’d like to leave you with a few of the posts I’ve enjoyed this week during my few manageable hours….

Emma Baurcart has a beautiful piece about living in the unplanned time in-between. Are you always in a rush to get where you’re going? Or do you allow yourself to take it slow and enjoy the ride? Enjoy The In-Between.

Karen Rought at The Midnight Novelist talks about the pros and cons of audio books. This is something I’ve been very interested in as of late and I found this post both helpful and fascinating: The pros and cons of audiobooks.

Scott over at Kindredspirit23 had me laughing with his four best picks of video laughs. Call me crazy, I especially love the second one. Catch them here: Four of the Best! (?).

If you’re a fan of Calvin and Hobbs, then you don’t want to miss Julie Glover at Threading the Labyrinth, with her post: If Calvin Tweeted.

You can thank my internet connection for constantly disconnecting me last night. As a result I saw this little number by Diana Beebe at Mermaids don’t do windows. Ever wonder why writers are asked to only put in one space when we learned to double space at the end of a sentence in school? Muscle Memory is the Source of All Evil (Extra Spaces, Anyway).

Finally, I really resonated with what Jennette Marie Powell wrote about Twitter and auto tweets in light of the Boston events. As an introvert, I have always struggled with twitter and Facebook, twitter especially. There are some great comments: The Trouble with Twitter.

I’d love to hear what you have to say. Enjoy any, many or all of the links?


Thanks for stopping by! I truly appreciate your support.Until next time, au revoir.

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16 thoughts on “When it Rains…Crawl Under the Covers”

  1. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    I came down with something this week too, and I’ve been struggling just to finish the necessities. Social media went out the window. I didn’t post anything on my blog this week. (I had a post written for Monday, but was so tired on Sunday I forgot to schedule it.) Hopefully with a little extra rest I’ll be good as new next week.

  2. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    I hear ya Debra! I got a sinus infection over the last week and have been dragging my butt around. And I’m supposed to be in Fast Draft with Marcy. She’s rockin’ it. I, on the other hand, am sluggish. But I got sick before she did. But I’m not giving up. Yes, please do take care of yourself and get some rest. Take care girl! 🙂

  3. Scott L VannatterScott L Vannatter

    I wear myself out a lot. Since my stroke, I have been advised to watch carbs, exercise, and get a lot of rest. Hmm, I watch my carbs. Exercise has become less and less – I need to work on that. And, rest – well, rest I get, it’s sleep that eludes me and that hits hard over time. I rest and nap and even sleep at the computer, but it seems to be too little at a time (about 2 hours) to keep me feeling top of the line. I go to bed way too late (last night was about 3am). Our best sleep is supposed to be from 10-2 (yeah, right- that’s when I do some of my best stuff).
    Anyway, stay well. I don’t seem to get sick- haven’t really in several years, but I don’t have toddlers nor students – ’nuff said?

  4. Diana BeebeDiana Beebe

    You have things to do next week. 😉 Rest up and feel better.
    The timer idea is just what I need! And, thanks for the shout out.

  5. Jennette Marie PowellJennette Marie Powell

    Illness pretty much dinged my writing for most of March, and I wrote a very similar blog post. 🙂 Not much we can do except pull back, rest, and feel better – then try to not push ourselves so much. Thanks for including my link – I don’t have a hard time getting off social media, it’s getting on it in the first place! And I was LOL at the post about double spaces – as a graphic designer who learned desktop publishing right after college, I unlearned that double-space habit early. 😀

  6. Emma BurcartEmma Burcart

    Give up on sleep? Never! I can’t function witout 8 hours a night, so I give up on staying up late. I go to bed at 8:00 every night so I can get up at 4:00 to write. I have come to realize that the only thing I am missing is TV, and thanks to the DVR I can catch up on it over the weekends without commercials. I don’t have kids, but my day job is working with them, so I have to be careful about germs. I have found that if I don’t get enough sleep, exercise, or if I eat poorly, that is when I get sick. So, now I choose exercise (again, over TV). But the one thing we can’t give up on is our rest, that would be like giving up on ourselves. I hope you get better soon! 🙂 And thanks for the linky love.

  7. Susie Lindau (@SusieLindau)Susie Lindau (@SusieLindau)

    I hope you have rebounded and are back with the living!
    My percentages are waaaay off.. I have a lot of blog posts to read and have really fallen behind as I get my manuscript ready to be read. I feel like I have been on the computer for two years straight and am trying to get away for a couple hours every day.
    Happy Friday!

  8. Laura RitchieLaura Ritchie

    Sounds like you were hit hard! I also got a bit of a bug this weekend, and slept through most of Sun, which was a bummer since my daughter was visiting from PA. ~sigh~

    Anyway, I don’t get sick often, but when I do, I think it is often stress related. Fortunately, I’m up and about today, and trying to catch up on some things.

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