Sunday, October 7, 2012

You Are Now Free to ... Get Sick

by Leann

It happens EVERY TIME. Friday, I turned in my manuscript for the next Cats in Trouble installment, The Cat, The Mill and The Murder--coming May 2013 to bookstores everywhere (commercial over). First comes the burst of energy, the exhilaration from knowing I can still write a book. (This will be my 10th published book!) I am now free to do such wonderful tasks as sweeping the floor, doing the dishes, mopping, cleaning bathrooms, organizing drawers for the next season, and even going out to dinner with friends. I did all those things Friday.

But in between that rush of activity, I had a little cry. Letting go of a book I have worked so hard on does bring on a bit of grief. This one was written in between packing, moving and relocating to a place I've never lived. I still only know where three stores are in my new town. (And haven't found someone to cut and color my hair. That's a serious problem!) This book, like every book, provided unique challenges. It's also my most researched book in a while and made me learn much more about South Carolina. I am happy about that.

Then came the dreaded next post-manuscript event. I woke up Saturday with the sore throat, the runny nose, the BLAHS! Happens every time I finish a book. It's as if my brain will not allow the rest of me to break down until I am done. And boy, do I feel exhausted. Since I have chronic fatigue syndrome, this could just be what is called "post-exertion fatigue. My throat is usually always red, so let's hope by the time you are reading this, I am feeling better. After all--I NEED A HAIR CUT!!

What about you? When you've worked hard for weeks or months on something what happens to your body? And do you get as cranky as I do? :-)

11 comments:

Adrienne said...

Hi Leann. First of all, you need to be sleeping, not writing a blog at midnight given how exhausted you are. ( I hope that's not a real picture of you at your computer!) Next, I think all the women reading this will identify in particular with your not finding a place to get your hair "done". THAT is a crisis needing resolution. I'm confident once you find a way to get a good haircut - a place you can go back to happily, you will begin to feel better and more at home in your new town. Meanwhile, have some chicken soup, get some rest, and pat yourself on the back for writing yet another (no doubt) best seller! Now go put your feet up and rest!! Nana Adrienne in Minnesota :-)

Lynda said...

First let me say that I am VERY excited that another Cat's in Trouble book is on the horizon - it's an awesome series.

As far as the getting sick...I can definitely relate to that. When I was working, I would occasionally plan a much-needed vacation. However, before I could leave for said vacation, my boss would always have a gazillion things that just HAD to be done BEFORE I left (even if I was only going to be gone a week). So, I would push myself so hard that as soon as my vacation started, I would get sick. Happened over and over.

Good luck finding a good hairdresser. I had a good one who retired, and I've been searching for a year for another. I've had a few bad cuts since then, and am getting really frustrated. When you find a hair professional who does a good job, it's like a major life event!

Sarah said...

I can definitely relate to that. But I have the problem that I don't get sick after finishing something important, I get sick one week before finishing it. I had that a couple of times at university. One week before an oral exam or before I had to finish my final thesis I got a cold. That's really frustrating and is definitely not good for getting good grades (I still passed in these cases, but my grades were definitely affected...) On the day of the exam and the deadline of my thesis my health was fine again.
My boyfriend always gets sick in hos holidays. Every time! First day of holiday, BAM!, sick!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Adrienne, Lynda and Sarah. I think this shows how what we believe are the "unthinking" parts of our body are really working and thinking along with our brain. And the body says, "enough is enough. I am shutting you down!" Man, I need a haircut! Please!!!

Lizzie said...

For YEARS, in high school and college, I'd cram.....then the crud would hit...usually the morning of final or exam!! I learned to embrace it. Having a cold caused me to slow down, thus, my BRAIN slowed down and I was more focused and deliberate while taking my dreaded test and usually I ended up doing very well. I actually (gasp) found myself PRAYING for a good bug to bite, knowing it may be my saving grace.

Looking forward to the new book! Love the series and am missing it. Will anxiously await it's arrival!

Kate Collins said...

Leann, I just turned in my next Flower Shop Mystery and didn't get sick but I did feel that same sense of exhilaration followed by a real let down. I felt at such loose ends the next day that I, too, cried. I missed my characters, the people I've lived with since 2002! Don't you feel that way, too?

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes, Lizzie! These high stress events just take more of a toll than we realize.

Kate, I took my people on long journey and now it's over! I DO miss them! But they'll be back for rewrites. :-)

Linda McDonald said...

I'm sending you well wishes...hope you get better really soon! My husband woke up sick on Friday...sore throat, cough, runny nose. I am so hoping I won't catch it. It is very rare that he gets sick, and usually when he does, I do too. So far, so good though.

Leann Sweeney said...

Stay well, Linda! I am hoarse and have a sore throat, but don't feel as bad as I sound. I am hoping this is a short-lived illness. I have a lot to do. Like get a HAIR CUT!

Aurian said...

I do hope you feel well soon Leann, and I am looking forward to the next book. Can't you ask some neighbours or random shoppers for a haircut advice?

Anonymous said...

First Congratulations on another successful book. I cannot wait! I think we women can all identify with that same issues. Its amazing what goes into finishing your book, we salute you! I just finished seeing my mentally ill Brother through a long illness and have time to myself for the first time in 3 years! I held everything together during full time school, work and back and forth to the hospitals, but now that it is all over, I have been sick for weeks. I cannot seem to recover enough to get my energy back to begin living my own life again. I hope you feel better and know we are all pulling for you. I understand needing a hair cut and day at the salon. I spent 20 years looking for a good stylist and had many mishaps with my hair in the meantime. I finally found her, the perfect stylist. She is 30 years younger then me but brilliant. I bite the bullet and give her 20% tips as she is worth every penny. I hope you find a good stylist soon who can make you feel like a million again! You may call your local beauty license board or try yelp.com in your area for reviews. Try a masssage and Pedicure , both on the same day are a good cure for being anew. Best wishes, Lexie