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  • I wouldn't try and force it.

    I consider myself a relatively intelligent person. I do not have to work as hard as most of the people around me to learn new things or produce decent work. This is an advantage I often take for granted.

    I also am sometimes visited by a muse. I have no other way to describe it other than to say the work I produce seems to be coming from somewhere else. Unfortunately, I have found that I pretty much have to shut myself off to the outside world for a period of time before the shy and elusive muse visits me. This is too much of a price to pay - my wife deserves better.

    Ok - so where am I going with this. Stress shuts the body down for a reason. I have gone through a fair number of stressful things in the past few years. In no particular order and by no means exhaustive:

    1. Being 100% financially responsible for a family member that could no longer care for themself
    2. Getting married
    3. Dealing with a miscarriage
    4. Buying a house
    5. Moving (twice)
    6. New job (months of unemployment)
    7. Dealing with immigration

    ok - you get the idea

    What I have learned is that stress manifests itself in ways that we don't expect or even recognize. I discovered that when my body shuts down due to stress it wasn't just physically but mentally as well.

    I am not saying to say "F it" with all abandon, but there is a real reason for it. You can push through and force it back into normal performance but I don't think it is very healthy.

    It will come back on its own and trust me - your diminished capacity is still better than the average person's best. We geeks are too hard on ourselves.

    • My stress melts away if I work on writing fiction. Unfortunately, with my schedule and my life being like an excited gas -- energetic, but in too many directions -- I haven't been able to work reliably on fiction.

      It'd be nice if I could; I might be able to calm down and be more productive in other things while at the same time getting another book done. :)


      You are what you think.