Monday Musings: Sleep Is Fundamental a.k.a. The Freakin’ Doi Episode

I haven’t felt better or thought clearer for weeks.  No joke, I’ve had major issues with cloudy brains (among other related health issues which there isn’t a need to delve into) for some time now.  Now, I knew the reason for this from the start, but I didn’t quite realize the extent to how much it affected me until I had alleviated the problem.

You see, I suffer from sleep issues, most specifically sleep apnea.  Like really bad “snores heard round the house and long hitches of no breathing” sleep apnea.  I use a breathing mask to make sleep, well, more sleepy, but the harness had worn down, making the pressure seal on the mask irregular, hence worthless.  It took me a bit of time to save up the scratch (plus shipping time!) to get a new harness.  I figured it wouldn’t be so bad, I was still falling asleep … or so I thought.

Needless to say, I wasn’t really sleeping or at least getting the sleep I needed.  It was more a dull malaise of unconsciousness that sleep.  So that haze stayed with me through every day.  Even then, I didn’t grasp the extent of that haze until I had the harness replaced.

I slept for *eighteen* hours straight once it came in, with one fifteen minute break in the middle to eat something and use the bathroom.  I arose feeling … well … feeling so much better than I had in weeks.

So, yeah, it may seem like a stupid thing to say, but do anything you can to ensure proper sleep.  This isn’t as easy as it may seem, as sleep problems can be surprisingly hard to figure out on your own.  You can feel asleep but not actually be getting the rest you need.  If you are concerned about it, talk to your friends, talk to your family, and talk to your doctor.  It’s important, because if you aren’t getting your sleep, you are kicking the legs out from under your health.

So with that bit of public service, it’s back to work!  There’s writing, reading, and reviewing to be done!

But one more thing: I want to redirect folks back to a certain post last week, talking about a possibility of multimedia projects and stuff.  Video and audio reviews and such.  Throw a like or comment if you want to see more and varied content!

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Writing is a Bad Habit: What is That Burning Orb in the Sky and Why You Should See It Sometimes.

I don’t know about you but when I get close to the end of a project, my muse can be a cruel taskmistress.  Whips, chains, Great Danes, all the usual motivational techniques to keep me chained to my keyboard and WRITE THOSE WORDS!  So, sitting here today, perhaps a six or seven chapters from the end of the first draft of Incorruptible, I squinted at my keyboard.  It was awfully bright, wasn’t it?  The Fiery Daystar once more was shining it’s deadly rays into my dark monitor-lit world.  This …. this is not healthy.

There is an important rule to remember about being an author:  You can’t write when you’re dead.  Your health is always important.  Yes, the aforementioned ‘staving off the Grim Reaper’ is the most important reason for this, but there are more.

We think better when we are in decent shape.  Lack of sleep, poor health, poor diet, they can all contribute to aches, pains, fatigue, headaches, all manner of malady that impairs not only your rational mind, but your creative spirit.  It’s hard to write something upbeat when you’re sick and depressed.

It’s even more important if you already suffer from a chronic disease or some other long-term health issue.  Not only does neglecting your health for your art worsen your art, but it can complicate the conditions you already have.  Basically, it’s a bad idea all around.

What does that mean for this starving author?  It’s time to get up, take a stretch, do a mile-walk, and grab something healthy to eat.  Or at least something that isn’t pure junk food garbage.

Good luck, good health, and good writing to you all!

Weekend Update: Second editions done, incoming sequels, and OMG! Kickstarter deadline!

This week has been a good one, for the most part.

My dog is doing well now and I have gotten both the second editions of Indomitable and The Opening Bell published!  Both excellent things and only the first steps to a lot more nice things coming down the aisle.  Now it’s on towards publishing some sequels, which should come by the end of the month.

In addition, I’ve gotten some nice reviews this week so the support and validation make for a happy writer.

The last big knot of anxiety is my Kickstarter.  If it doesn’t succeed, well, it will be a blow to the self-esteem, but not the end of the world.  The books will publish and I will undoubtedly open a second Kickstarter with a lower goal, more in line with what I have proven I can raise.  Still, if you read this and want to support it, there’s only 68 some hours left to do so.  We are so close to the goal, it’s still not out of sight!

Hope your week and weekend are going as well!