East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Today’s workload


So today I

  • finished revising Sons of the Crow and passed it to the beta readers
  • hammered out 3000 words of a book I am contracted to write
  • did a 2500-words translation (still need to revise it)
  • outlined an article I’m sending to a magazine on Monday
  • posted a cover reveal for my patrons (will go up in two hours at the time of writing)

Then I ask myself why I so often feel depressed on the weekend.
Because yes, I should be proud of the work done, but really, it sometimes feels like there is no difference – week day, weekend, summer, winter, day, night…

So, I’m calling it a day. Today for the first time this year I was able to take a long walk during lunchtime, and it’s fine.
Now I will dedicate the rest of this day to decompressing.
And, also, to jot down a few ideas for two stories I’d like to submit to two magazines this month. But, you know, at a leisurely pace.

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.

10 thoughts on “Today’s workload

  1. When you work hard like that it makes the evening decompression times more enjoyable.


  2. Funny. Yesterday I spent the whole day trying to decompress also with a bad headache, tired and in a bad mood about everything I write and mentally overloaded. I struggled with myself just to surrrender to the idea I was in need of an entire day off, guilty about it. I was going to write about it in my blog then I read your post. So I decided not to, i can read it, no need to write it. I finished watching the Expanse Season 3 in my bed and thought: man, sometimes I feel lost in a space bubble. They say writing is a not a real job. Ok, today, we come back.

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    • I found out it is a common problem among writers. Writing IS a job, and it’s a lonely job at that.
      And yes, the worst part is feeling guilty when you take a break. That’s crazy.
      Anyway – on we march!


  3. Sometimes I wonder if writing full time would do my head in. I love my few snatched minutes when I get to write – so therefore writing feels like a joy to me. If I HAD to do it full time, to put food on the table, I think it’d become a chore and a bore to me.


    • I seldom get bored, but sometimes I feel the panic – if I do not deliver, the bank gets my house, or the electric company cuts my wires.
      But that can work as an incentive, actually.
      What really gets me down is the sense of isolation that sometimes comes with writing. But I’m working on it.

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      • Yeah, the pressure would be tough. As for isolation, I SAY i’d love it, but I bet I’d end up missing people too. Maybe.


        • I always said I liked to be on my own – and I did! But that was in a 1-million people city. I could take a walk and just have a chat with the newsagent, or some people in a bookstore, or whatever.
          Living now deep into the countryside, in a small village in which the inhabitants basically don’t know what to make of me, the sense of isolation can become heavy.
          Thank goodness there’s internet (as long as one shuts down Facebook after 5 pm: the guys get out of work and vent their anger and frustration on the socials).

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