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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Sometimes Writers Need a Break to avoid a nervous breakdown

I have a friend who amazes me with all the writing and promoting he can do in a day's time. You all have met him because he's been a guest of The Dragon before. Jamieson Wolf has written a plethora of stories and books and online serial works, but the project he stopped by The Dragon to promote a while back was Garden City, a collection of short stories.

Jamieson was scheduled to stop by this coming Saturday to promote his latest non-fiction work WRITE NOW! Exercises for the Aspiring Writer, which has this fabulous concept called the Idea Jar, which I planned to blog about this week leading up to his arrival (and still will), but, after advice from a doctor, he's decided to postpone his blog tour. Seems this gentleman who has the moxie to release two books in one year (and I'll list some of his other projects in a minute here because two books isn't overwhelming enough) needs to slow down for a little while.

You can see Jamieson's blog at You'll be stunned by the number of posts this man makes each day. He also has a blog called One Step at a Time, for which a publishing company is considering a book contract with him. (Add a little dash of stress to his life there.) He also prepares scenes for a serial novel online several times a week (I've lost count, but I think this is his sixth).

I could go on, but I think you get the picture. This is a writer. This is what we writers do. We work like mad on a variety of writing projects simultaneously. We promote those projects every way we know how. And at some point we realize it's 3:00 a.m., we've been editing/writing on the trilogy of Choices Meant for Gods nonstop for far too many hours, and we really could have used something for dinner eight hours before; but now we're just ready to drop onto a pillow so we can drive to the day job (the one that pays the rent) in four or five hours. Jamieson, my hat's off to you, my friend. Let us know here at The Dragon when you want to reschedule the tour, because we don't mind waiting.

I hope you get some sleep.

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

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Blogger Dorothy said...

Wow. What a post. Jamieson is the sweetest person I know, as you know it, too. This profession knows how to break you. We all go through it. I hope Jamieson is reading this and knows how much we care for him and love him. I think he just needs to cut back a little. I've had to do it, too.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Jamieson the Wolf said...

Awww, thanks honey. I just read the post and you made me get all gushy. :) I just keep doing too much all at once. I'd like to say I've learnt my lesson but one never knows when one will be forced to work against a deadline (soon, I hope, if all goes well for that contract...)

Thank you for such a wonderful post. I slept and rested all weekend (I even took Friday off from work) so I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning. Though when I grew a tail is beyond me. :)

I'm just going to focus on the good stuff and not try to let things get too out of hand. If that means not posting a chapter of my serial novel every day, or not posting on my other blogs or reviewing as many books, so be it.

I'd rather be writing and happy than zonked and asleep. LOL

Hugs to you!


9:04 AM  
Blogger Laura M. Crawford said...

Great post, Sandy! And Jamieson, if you're reading this, take good care of yourself! I've had burnout. It sucks! Just rest, it will be hard at first, but listen to your body! I know, I'm a workaholic too, but you're no good to yourself or anyone else if you're sick! I will send some sunshine for you when I get to Florida, oK? hugs&kisses!

Laura :)

1:26 AM  

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