Pressure, Now Fully Illustrated


Feeling it.

I pressure myself more than anyone else does. Do you ever feel like you’re running behind yourself, screaming in your own ear to pick up the pace? Move faster. Think up a better word. Write a better book than last time. Write a better book than you think you’re writing now. Do not disappoint them. Do not disappoint yourself. You’re not working hard enough. Move, move, move!

I joked about the five compartments of my brain on Facebook, but really it’s the truth. My mind is really filled up with only five things right now. Can we have a pie chart?

What's on my mind

Truth is, I’m stressed out. I need to go home. Why does it always happen that when I decide I need to go home it’s dark and I can’t find my shoes?

9 thoughts on “Pressure, Now Fully Illustrated

  1. Annika November 12, 2009 / 7:45 pm

    Only 10% cake?

    • nova November 12, 2009 / 8:07 pm

      I know. I’m not myself.

  2. Bryan Bliss November 12, 2009 / 7:53 pm

    You wouldn’t want to see mine. However, the worry about book parts would probably be similar.

    • nova November 13, 2009 / 10:52 am

      Does John Cusack take up 10% of your chart? Maybe 5%?

  3. Camille November 12, 2009 / 8:55 pm

    This pie chart cracks me up!

    Seriously though, last year at this time I was coming up on my deadline, and I think it literally made me ill. I still got the manuscript done on time, though, and so will you!

    • nova November 13, 2009 / 10:53 am

      I agree. NO MATTER WHAT, I will make my deadline. I always find a way to. In fact, I love the urgency and agony that comes with deadlines. Makes you feel alive. I don’t know if I’d finish anything otherwise. The things languishing on my hard-drive, never fully written, are that way because no one gave them a deadline!

  4. strugglingwriter November 13, 2009 / 10:51 am

    Funny chart 🙂

    Good luck with the stress. It’s good stress, though, right? (not that I believe in such a thing)

    • nova November 13, 2009 / 10:54 am

      You’re right: It’s the best kind of stress to have!

  5. elizabeth November 13, 2009 / 12:25 pm

    This is hilarious! You still have your sense of humor, clearly. My pie chart would include a large slice of “wanting coffee” and “need for chocolate chip cookies!”

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