Unplugging

In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to get back to unplugging on Wednesdays. It's something I started back in the spring and I haven't been as strict about it as I used to be. I've got more work coming down the pipeline, plus the stresses the holidays can bring, so I thought it would be good to make it a goal this month. That goal seemed to resonate with a number of people, so I thought I might expand on it a bit.

Why I unplugged
Last March I was illustrating Fuddle Learns to Cuddle. I was under a tight deadline and I had a lot of work to do. I would do the day job from 8 to 5 and then come home and illustrate 6 to 11:30, then on the weekends I would put in another 8 to 10 hours. I was also doing some freelance writing with Gamespot (somehow), and training for the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston. Oh yeah, and I was trying to not neglect my wife and bulldog. It was a rough period, but we needed the money and we knew the work would lead to better things (it has), but I couldn't keep it up.

After a few weeks, I had to reassess my priorities. I was under contract to finish the book and I already paid to run the race, so I told my editor at Gamespot I needed a break--after the terrible review I turned in, I think he could tell I was spreading myself too thin--and he was cool with that. So I took off a bit of responsibility, but that wasn't enough. Brooke suggested that one night a week I "unplug." Just stop working, don't even go near the computer. I chose Wednesdays because that's when Lost came on, and it would be nice to watch it together. That little break was exactly what I needed.

But--I'm about to get all Levar Burton on you--You don't have to take my word for it!