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Turn off the socials? Or read a good book?


According to an article I read during the weekend, the best way to fend off depression and stress is to turn Facebook off for a week.
I more or less agree.
The last few weeks have been pretty heavy:
. lots of work to do to try and pay the bills
. lots of offices to visit and calls to make to settle the succession taxes and relative documents
. not many highlights on the human front

But I’ll leave my bureaucratic odyssey and the general fact that human beings tend to suck for another post (if ever), and concentrate on the overworked/underpaid situation, and the stress and depression thereof.

I’m currently writing at a rate of 30.000 words per week – this without taking into account the translations and the blog posts.
This – combined with the various daily chores and the rest – leaves very little time for anything else. It turns into a sort of continuum, with the added drawback that every cent one makes vanishes instantly to cover bills, overdue payments and basic survival needs.
Sisyphus and all that stuff, you know.

In such a situation, even the silly mindless chatter of the social network can become aggravating.
So, yes, turning off the socials is a good idea.
Go for a walk, too.016_021
And read something completely different from what one is writing, also.
I just finished reading Firefly Gadroon, by Jonathan Gash – a mystery in the Lovejoy series.
As far from what I am writing as anything could be.
It was like taking a vacation.

And taking a vacation would be a good idea – and Saturday I did, and I gave a lecture during a local cultural festival. It was good, and refreshing. I even sold a handful of my books.

So, it’s a harsh time, but I’m getting through.
In the meantime, you might notice the posts on this blog become somewhat erratic. This is basically because I don’t have time for my blogs – and it hurts, because this used to be one of my safety vents.

But things will look up, hopefully. One more week of madness, and then my rhythms should slow down a little.

See you on the other side.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Turn off the socials? Or read a good book?

  1. It’s a sad thing to not have time for your own blog, for me it has become the normal state of life.

    I hope for you that it’s only a temporary condition mine won’t change in the years to come.


    • 😀
      It’s not a grave affliction, mine – I think at least this blog will keep running more or less regualrly because I have lots of fun writing Karavansara.
      My Italian blog will probably slow down a bit.


  2. You are doing all the right things. Shutting off the noise really is critical. And EXERCISE. Carving off a couple of hours for a long walk can work wonders. Working a heavy bag for 15 minutes gets a lot of shit out and also gets the heart rate a-pumpin’.


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