Emotional exhaustion is harder to bounce back from than physical exhaustion. Fortunately, things worked out in my favor, but I have to tell you for almost an entire day after things were resolved, I was shaking and thought I was going to throw up whenever I ate. That would be the aftershock I guess of a ton of adrenaline + lack of sleep going through the system for almost a week.
I still can’t write anything, but I’m guessing as things settle back down, my creativity will return. What I’ve been able to do is get some old formatting errors resolved on the fantasy books I wrote under Amanda Winters so those four books finally got approved for premium distribution on Smashwords. Then I updated the short ebook I made on tips for writers on marketing that have helped me, but my husband is proofing it for me this weekend. I tried proofing it myself since it was only 3000 words or so, but my mind is not functioning at that level yet. I’m pretty much at a basic level of work, if that makes sense. I think under stress, we go into survive and protect mode, and the rest of our brain shuts down.
So today, I finally caught up on emails in my inbox. Tomorrow, the plan is to get caught up with Facebook messages and comments. With any luck, I might actually be able to write some of Return of the Aliens. I don’t plan to return to Life Mate yet. A 500 words a day blog right now isn’t something I can promise I can follow through on so I’m not.
Ideas are coming in regards to Bride of Second Chances. I decided to make the hero a preacher. I thought it might be fitting that Eliza’s son was a preacher instead of a store owner. The story seems to be leading in that direction, so I’ll let it. I’m not sure what the distinction is, but I’m sure there’s a good reason for it. If nothing else, I have to learn to trust my instincts when it comes to what my characters are ‘telling’ me.
So that is pretty much where I’m at. Thanks to everyone who have given me words of encouragement and prayed. 😀