I had a rough week this week. It was a week where everything that could go wrong did go wrong.A moth flew into my nose, I got shaving cream in my eye, and a chair slammed on my bare big toe. Oh and did I mention school started again, and four days later than usual due to our friend Irene. Wednesday one of my new little darlings told me that I sucked, and the seven year old in me wanted to reply, “No, you suck!” But I reigned her and behaved like the adult they pay me to be. That afternoon there was a minor accident involving one of my student’s busses while I was on duty. Thursday we had massive flooding in my neck of the woods which meant all three routes to my job were impassable or washed out which led me to panicky calling a coworker and crying, “Help! There is a Mini Cooper floating down the road and I don’t know how to get to work.”
I was STRESSED to say the least and yes, in the larger scheme of things that stuff was small potatoes. But we all face stress like that. Work Related Stress. Unfortunately I am one of those people who just can’t leave work at work and when I come home my head is swimming with stuff. This week whenever I tried to sit down and write I couldn’t. I knew what I wanted to write. My book was all plotted out and metaphorically I ready to go, but every time I put my fingers on the keyboard nothing came out, or something very stupid came out. I know how to spell the word WHEN. I’ve probably written it thousands of times, but this week it kept coming out as wenh or whne or wnhe. I just couldn’t make my brain work and after my third time trying to spell it and a few minutes of exhausted hysterical laughter I gave up. My brain was dead. It has been all week.
What can I do about this? Well, I could quit my job and write full-time (Sigh, my dream.) but I don’t think the good people at Sallie Mae would allow writing as an excuse not to pay my students loans. My parents probably wouldn’t like that either or my brother who gained custody of my bedroom when I moved out.
I could wake up early and write in the morning. I love to write in the morning but it’s kind of hard for me on weekdays since I like to be at work around 6:45. Plus it takes time to make the scary morning Jamie monster into something presentable to the world.
I could write at work. (HAHAHAHAHA!) Even if I got the chance to sit down for more than five minutes I don’t think the powers that be would appreciate that.
So, what do I do? Right now the only thing I can do is take a short twenty-minute power nap to recharge my brain and then attack my word count.Short naps never work out well for me though.By the time I get home and get all the necessary things accomplished it’s almost 7:00. Too late for a nap. I usually pass out in a coma-like sleep, muttering about things like glue sticks and place value. Which means no writing gets done till the weekend. Bummer…
I am asking for your help. How do you keep up with your writing and your jobs? Got any tips? Strategies? Suggestions? Any help would be appreciated.