Friday, October 9, 2009

My book is finished.
It looks great.
So, how come I'm not happy?

Postpartum depression (also called postnatal depression) is a kind of depression which affects some women, and even men, shortly after the birth of a child. Symptoms include sadness, anxiety, and irritability.

I started writing my book Become a Real Self Publisher in January.

Yesterday -- strangely nine months later -- I received and happily approved the final proof. The book should be on sale in a few days.

Later today I should receive the first proof of my next book, Stories I'd Tell My Children (but maybe not until they're adults).

This morning -- as on most other days -- I was at my computer at 4 a.m.

But for the first time in nine months I did not have a book to write or to edit.

I feel strangely sad, almost useless.

It's not that I have nothing to do, because I always have lots to do.

But I can't do what I usually do, and what I always want to do early in the morning.

Maybe I'll start writing another book.

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  1. Maybe you should get laid.

  2. I know exactly how you feel. I have been working on this one project for a couple of months now and it is finally coming to a close I have started to think about what I should begin on next. I wish you the best in pursuing your next project.