I suppose I've been in a mild funk. I have lots of little projects in sort of semi-completed stages, and I need to actually complete them. Some of that is waiting on other people (and Blowfish submitters, I'm sorry -- Christophe hasn't gotten back to me, and I can't make final decisions without talking to him). I do little bits of work, a half-hour or an hour or so, and then I lose focus and motivation. I can't really blame the game, either -- the game is just a way of making it easier not to notice that I'm not working. There's plenty of wandering around the apartment time, just plain avoiding work.
If I can blame anything, I blame the lack of food. Travelling in Europe this summer was not good for my body; I gained about ten pounds. Ick. So about three weeks ago, I started making a determined effort to lose that weight, eating around a thousand calories a day, which is maybe five hundred less than I normally should be eating. Cutting out a third of my caloric intake has been effective -- I've lost nine of those ten pounds so far -- but it's also distracting. I'm vaguely hungry a lot of the time, which I swear, is making it harder to think. I've been eating more the past few days because I've started going to the gym again (if I spend half an hour on the elliptical machine, that's three hundred calories, or an entire six-inch Subway sandwich :-) (if you pick the right sandwich). So maybe I'll be able to focus again soon. Hope so.
I'm going to try and force some of that today, I think. Leave the computer game disk at home and go out, someplace reasonably far. I need some supplies from the Indian grocery store to test a few last recipes for the cookbook (and oh, it is absolutely no fun trying to write a cookbook while dieting), so I think I'll drive up to Devon, get what I need, and then drive someplace else and work in a cafe. This does of course run the risk of tempting me to eat more than I ought. It's incredibly difficult to count calories when eating out, since most places add butter to just about everything. And I don't like salads much, especially when they're not slathered in ranch dressing. So this could be tricky. But I suspect if I don't get out of here, I'll a) go mad, and b) miss all my deadlines.
What I must get done soon:
a) finish my academic job portfolio (CV and research statement done; still need to do teaching philosophy and cover letter and select writing sample) and apply for jobsWhat I ought to get done soon:
b) finish selections for Blowfish anthology and notify authors
c) send Rachel photos of my mother for the cookbook illustrations (actually, that one I plan to do this morning)
d) send cookbook drafts to David and Jed for proofing and design check, respectively
e) check with Steve on the SH book
f) work on collaboration with Jed (deadline approaching)
a) edit the Blowfish anthology selections
b) send out some stuff for the foundation
c) revise for submission: Lakshmi's Diary, The Princess in the Forest, Sister Mary, The Emigrant, Acts of Faith
d) write: Raksha's Story, Ashok's Story, Vincent's Story, Challah