Author’s Journey Week One: Isolation Life & Daily Trials
Stress and The Pandemic
Among all the chaos of the pandemic, I have dealt with a lot of ups and downs. I’m blessed to be one of the few people still working during lock-down, but I cannot say it isn’t stressful. And it’s not the work that stresses me, but the ominous air surrounding this invisible threat.
But I’m not the only one stressed. I see the stress on my coworkers and our customers, and that’s why I try to lighten up their days. I smile as much as I can and help as much as I am able, whether it’s with getting coffee and breakfast for my coworkers or helping deal with any problems our customers need even it’s beyond my scope. And I love doing this because if I can make someone happy or make their life just a little easier for even a moment, then I feel I can ease the encroaching despair caused by this pandemic.
Ever since I started this journey to become an indie author, I knew it would be tough but wasn’t sure how hard it actually was. As time went on, I learned more about the indie world from joining groups, talking to other indie authors, learning about helpful sites to showcase my work and sites to help find freelancers in editing, design and other fields to help perfect your craft. Even though I’ve uncovered so much, I’m still learning new things everyday.
I have enjoyed all the positive feedback I've received and learned how to control my feelings when getting critical and/or negative feedback. I also learned to take time, review each comment one by one so I can take each reader's comments into consideration when I'm writing my next books. Hopefully, by listening to my readers, I can create a more enjoyable story so one day, hopefully, they might rival those published by traditional publishers.
This Week and Dealing with My Stress
This week I didn’t spend most of my time worrying over work or the global crisis. Instead, I buckled down and focused on finishing some more of the steps I needed to do for my new publishing company. I still have a few things I want to do before I have a formal launch, but I’m taking it a day at a time until I get my full team back on track. So, for now, I have to multitask and hope I can get everything together for Eyes's launch in June. It’s a lot to do mostly on my own, but I can do it.
Stress is my biggest foe. Lock-down is still in effect in New Jersey. But during the daytime, you can see cars whizzing by in greater numbers than when isolation began. And now that the parks have reopened, they are full almost to capacity.
If you know anything about me, then you know I think best in nature especially when no one is around. So, in times like these, I turn into a vampire and only go to the park at night. The area where I live is pretty safe and quiet. No one is out past 9, so it’s the perfect place for a stroll in the park.
Being alone in the park, really helps open my mind and relax. It’s one of my methods for relieving stress. These are draining times with so much new information just pulling at my mind and emotions until I feel like I cannot make sense of what’s fiction or reality. This is why
I have a lot on my plate at the moment and know if I want to accomplish them all I have to control my emotions and find my inner peace. Writing these random entries on my blog, help me sort through my thoughts. And I also hope they give you, my reader, a better look into who I am as a person and a writer.
Stay safe and well,