Friday, December 25, 2009

Bah humbug

Did you know stress and depression can ruin your holidays and your health?

Big duh!

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? Why does everything have to be done to perfection? Why do we have to spend so much, for so little pleasure?

This year we had some family health problems, and I decided I wasn't going to get out all my decorations. After our cruise we agreed not to spend as much. Since I had lots of stress getting everything ready for the church services, I told Dave he was in charge of Christmas dinner. And after trying to cope with laryngitis for almost three weeks, I finally called the doctor for an antibiotic.

And you know what? It worked.

No, it didn't alleviate all the stress of the season. But it did make things better.

Now the worst is over and I can just chill.



  1. Hi Dee, hope your New Year's celebration is happier than Christmas. I just looked at for the first time in forever, saw you were writing an original novel and came over here to see how it was going. What do you mean, stalled???!!! I would love to buy/read an original novel of yours. C'mon, New Year's resolution to continue? :) Need a beta reader to ask questions that might get you inspired again? (That helps me sometimes.)

    My New Year's resolution is to write *something* every day. Even if it's completely random with new characters every time. I'm also going to stockpile characters...write character profiles that I can use later. Hoping that gets me somewhere. I've tried before, but never stuck to it. PP was the only time I ever wrote regularly. I miss it.

    I know what you mean about holiday pressure. I cleaned my house from top to bottom (to the point of touching up all my white woodwork with new paint--it was totally silly) and stressed about decorating and everything being perfect for the relatives coming this year.

    But at least this year was worth it. My grandmother once went to my mother's house (post a cleaning frenzy on my mom's part) and immediately walked through the interior out the back door into the herb garden and said that it needed weeding badly. This year's misery was worth it for me, because Grandma actually said my house was spotless and everything was perfect. I kind of wanted her to repeat it for the video camera so I could freeze that moment in time...

    Have a wonderful 2010.

    -Jane Harrow

  2. Hey, Jane,

    Thanks so much for your kind words, and I’m glad your house was spotless and everything was perfect. But hey, stop making the rest of us look bad!

    I just have no desire to write at the moment, and that’s why I’m stalled. I have my romance outlined and know how it’ll go, but I’m just not into it. I never wrote fiction before I fell in love with Ranger and found the plum groups. It was Ranger that inspired me. And even though my hero is very Ranger-like, it’s just not the same.

    I’m reading a lot of old Nora Roberts at the moment, even her old Silhouettes. Maybe when I get over that kick I might go back to writing. I also have a plum short in progress, but that’s sitting idle, too. I’ll probably finish it one of these days. I miss all the reviews and great people in the fanfic world.

    Thanks again for the support, and if I get back to writing I’ll be sure to let everyone know.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.