Casaubon's Book

Burned Out and On Vacation

Hi Folks – I’ve been under the weather physically and stressed out mentally, overwhelmed by a book that isn’t coming together and generally pretty unhappy recently, and I have decided it behooves me to take a vacation from the blog. So no posts for a least a week. I’m talking with my publisher about how to handle the book situation, but mostly, I need to get away from my computer for a while. Back when I’ve got my mental health back. And apologies to anyone I owe email or attention to – I will write back soon!



  1. #1 D. C. Sessions
    March 16, 2010

    Sounds like you shouldn’t come back until your Vitamin H [1] levels are back to nominal.

    Be well.

    [1] Hugs.

  2. #2 EMJ
    March 16, 2010

    I’m sorry to hear that Sharon. I’ll miss your updates, but I know how important mental health is. Enjoy the relaxation and I hope you feel better soon.

  3. #3 Devin
    March 16, 2010

    After your last post on how sad the people in our country are, I am not surprised you need a break.
    In Frith,

  4. #4 David
    March 16, 2010

    Dear Sharon,

    Take all the time you need. Then take the time you don’t need but want. We’ll still be here when you come back.

    Eric, you reading this? Lock her laptop away where she can’t find it. Thanks.

  5. #5 Tammy and Parker
    March 16, 2010


    Taking care of yourself always comes first. We love you and will be here when you are feeling like yourself again.

    And just for YOU, I’m inviting people over for a gardening class out in our backyard. See what you have started. 🙂

  6. #6 Stephen B
    March 16, 2010


    Perhaps as you may have guessed, I’ve been facing a similar mental burnout situation. Sometimes we try to take on so much, knowing that there is so much to do, but in the end, we’re all finite.

    We’ll all still be here, so take your time. Time away is something I’ll be taking too. 🙂

  7. #7 Lauren
    March 17, 2010

    Good for you. It’s critical to put your own mask on first, then help others 🙂 Nothing good comes from the reverse.

  8. #8 Cathy
    March 17, 2010

    Just wish we were close enough to give you a hand through this time. Relax and feel better soon!

  9. #9 dewey
    March 17, 2010

    Hang in there! And don’t expect perfection on the book – you will never achieve it. Go for Good Enough!

  10. #10 Teresa/Safira
    March 17, 2010

    Rest and enjoy the beginning of spring. Delving into the world’s problems must get depressing.

    As for the book: fellow writer here. I feel your pain! (Pretty much literally at the moment, but at least my deadline’s further off.)

  11. #11 Sue in pacNW
    March 17, 2010


    We’ll still be here.

    Blessings, Sue

  12. #12 Bart Anderson
    March 17, 2010

    Good decision, Sharon. It’s so important to take time for yourself (and family). I’ve been going through something similar over the past year.

    I’m looking forward to your posts and books when you’ve come back after taking time to rest.

    all best, Bart / EB

  13. #13 Karen
    March 18, 2010

    Take care of yourself!
    Wash DC

  14. #14 Claire
    March 18, 2010

    Same from me … take as much time as you need. May you feel better in every way soon!

  15. #15 Jen
    March 18, 2010

    No hurry, take your time. We could all use a vacation from our computers 🙂

  16. #16 Lora
    March 18, 2010

    Take your time! It will be the insanely busy planting & poop spreading season soon enough. It’s always important to take time off in spring, even if for no better reason than to go fishing and appreciate the crocuses.

    If you feel a little bit like we’re all on the Bus To Hell, well, you can sit next to me and I promise I’ll let you pick the music 😉

  17. #17 Donna
    March 18, 2010

    Hi Sharon,

    As I was waiting for your site to pop up, I thought to myself, “I wonder how she does it? She has 4 children and she does this … and that … . I don’t think I could do it all … maybe I will ask her. Maybe she secretly has a nanny helping her and she is not letting on …

    Take care! You are worth it.

  18. #18 Jadehawk
    March 20, 2010

    oh goody, this means I actually have the time to read through the archives without falling behind further 😉

  19. #19 david whitten
    March 20, 2010

    Sharon, Go slowly. Catch your breath. The book will turn out great in the end. Plant something. You are wicked awesome. I think I’ll leave my computer off all day tomorrow.

    Thanks for all you do (including not doing it!).


  20. #20 Joseph
    March 22, 2010

    Only a week? I have just completed a complete walk-away from ALL news for a week and I plan to extend it. Just about all the news is bad, and you can bet that if you stayed away for a month, when you came back, it would be like you never left: climate change, peak everything and the economy worse, worst-case scenarios continue to come true and etc..

    Our elites have us in wars where we are slaughtering civilians and leaving their air, land and water polluted with Depleted Uranium. The whole situation is insane, and I aint using poetic metaphor. Take more than a week, youll be glad you did

  21. #21 Sara Rose
    March 22, 2010

    Breathe …. sigh …. release … hug …. hugs x 6 (one for each of you) … breathe sigh release … sleep …. deep relaxing sleep … more hugs… and giggles … breathe

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