February 28, 2011
Stress is good.
It’s good in the same way sadness and joy and sugar are also good for you. I’m in the middle of editing, rewriting, and finishing extra stories for Charcoal Streets. At the same time, I’m working at a job that’s suffering major cuts. I know others are worse off that I am. Some people don’t even have a job.
I could simplify everything and just take a full-time job I hated, make the money I need to not stress over my finances, and put this whole writing thing on hold until things got better.
Things are never easy. If things go well, that’s fine. I’ll take the break, but only if I know I’ve done a good job. You can’t really relax unless you have something else you should be doing. If you know you’re being irresponsible, then you can actually have fun.
The protests in Wisconsin, the revolutions cascading across the Middle East, and the growing sense of something impending here in America have everyone on edge. Whether you’re listening to Beck’s apocalyptic rants, Maddow going after her anti-gay detractors, or not even watching the news because it’s depressing, there has to be an element of stress in your life.
Embrace that stress.
No, I’m serious. There are some days that I’ll sit here, eyes bleary, and I’ll get a glass of water, walk around, have a drink, do anything to clear my mind for a few minutes. When I sit back down, adrenalin grips me and I feel as though I’ve cheated, as though I should not leave this chair until I finish editing or writing what I need to work on. I feel as though I’ve been unfaithful to the story.
Then I try and make it the best story it can possibly be and everything’s better. That stress pushes me forward, but it’s like running a furnace on dynamite. It could go off at any moment. Harnessing that anger, that stress, and all those things that make you want to go out and choke every bully and creditor you’ve ever met can fuel you. Writing, running, and doing what you need to do are all great physical activities, but that stress can push you along.
I’ve actually come to loathe being too relaxed. I need a bit of stress. And yes, I know too much stress is dangerous. So’s too much relaxation. You don’t work out and actually lose energy.
Embrace those inner demons. They build fires…
And now, to get us all going with a few mid-work breaks we shouldn’t be taking, some links.
- Anyone need an invisibility crystal? Well, scientists have devised a way to cloak small objects. It looks like we’re getting closer and closer to every peeping Tom’s dream tech..
- Do you long for the days of old NES games? Check out this free old-school RPG you can play online and share with friends. I’ll get to it as soon as I find a moment to break.
- To all those weed lovers out there, soon you’ll be able to buy all your tools and supplies (sans weed) in the first ever Wal-Mart of weed.
- Check out this video of the LUCKIEST son of a gun in history…
- I come across a lot of bad writing in my job, but if any of my students ever wrote any of these analogies, I’d be forced to whip them with an electrical cord.
- Now, why can’t I do something like this? Why can’t I convince people they need my writing just because I tell them? it turns out some companies invent the problem they promise they’ll solve. Think of it as a termite farmer who owns a pest control business.
- You know how a lot of people kept saying it was crazy to keep funding the wars in the Middle East? It turns out the military used psy-ops experts to convince government officials to keep funding them.
- Do you find yourself holding back your cursing at work? Try these handy tips to cut back on profanity… you bitch.
- And finally, to make your Monday just a little brighter, here are some of the greatest (and most painful) fails of the last month. The best one has to be the idiot who tries to jump over some stairs at 0:35. I honestly watched those four seconds over and over again for a good half hour. See you Wednesday, and keep sharing links!