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Got back from LA yesterday evening.

I had a great visit out there... well, aside from losing the Emmy (I am now 0-4 all time), but it IS an honor just to nominated, yadda yadda yadda. Some amazing meetings followed, with some amazing people, most of which I can't tell you about... yet. But maybe one day.

And it's always nice to be back in Santa Fe, with Parris, the cats, and the minions. And to escape the LA heat as well.

But the amount of crap that has piled up in my absence is daunting. There's just too damn much. Even with three assistants, I am falling further and further behind, and more and more stuff keeps getting dumped on my plate. Somehow just walking back into my office after a trip sends my stress level ratcheting up to ten. Or maybe to a hundred, depending on your scale.


There is no help for it, I suppose. Price of success, and all that. And I know, lots and lots of folks would love to have my problems. No one needs to tell me that.

Even so...

(Today's football games did not much help my mood either. Life is meaningingless and full of pain...)


Jose Sarmento
Oct. 1st, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
Work that requires inspiration is not well suited to multi-tasking. So I imagine the more stuff piles up, the more it clouds your mind with worry, and the less writing you get done per day.

The only advice I can give towards "clearing your mind to single focus" is to think of all tasks/problems/pending matters in terms of "what's the worst that can happen if I don't get this done?". Maybe most of it will seem less heavy when put in perspective... after all, it's "only work", and at your level, I don't suppose you need to worry about getting fired, or not being able to provide financially for your household, etc.

Finally, I would also remind you of what you wrote in Game of Thrones... most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it. It could be that you need to come to grips with canceling some of your ongoing stuff, cut off a finger or two, to save the hand...

Good luck!


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