I inadvertently discovered what happiness is not this week. I’m working on a Happiness Project of my own (although slowly and badly– haven’t quite found my groove yet), so happiness has been on my mind.
And for the past few weeks or a month or so, I was thinking I must be pretty happy because I’m not sad. I mean, there’s been no depression or fits of weeping or hiding under the covers all day. Those things are indicators of sad. I just felt sort of… nothing. Not bad. Just nothing.
Then last week I finally went to go get my thyroid checked again because it’s been forever since I’ve done it (bad me, totally my fault) and I just thought I should brave the doctor’s office phone tree and get it done. It was waaaaay out of whack. I was surprised. Because usually way-out-of-whack thyroid equals horrible depression-like funk among other unpleasantness, and I was feeling neither depressed-ish nor particularly unpleasant.
So my doctor updated my dose. (When you have a sluggish thyroid, you take pills to replace the hormone it fails to make.) And I started taking it.
And, for a couple of days after I started the new dose, I felt like sheer, utter crap. I was sad, I was angry, I actually did consider hiding under the covers all day. I did almost no work. I sat on the couch in my living room, alone and silent, glaring at the wall. (Good thing no one was around because it was creepy.)
Lisa and I have just finished a sweet little freebie book! In order to get it, you need to sign up for our email list at BadassWriting.com… But beware, we talk trash and fling dirt. Don’t tell our grandmas.
This one is abso-toot-ly free, free, free forever and ever amen and it’s our 25 reasons to stop making excuses, stop procrastinating, get going, find your muse (or your mule), and write, dammit!
Your little special bonus at the end is one more big, fat, juicy tip (heh, tip) on how to get your bum in gear and bang out those words. (Hint: We use this one ALL THE TIME!) Get it now!
If you have been avoiding me at all costs for the past week or so, you may not know that Lisa and I published another book!
This one is the follow-up to our first one on writing your first book, and it’s all about how to make writing into your career. It’s called Whiskey-Pissing Unicorns: How to Lose or Quit Your Job and Become a Badass Writer.
(I blatantly stole that graphic from Lisa because it is so cool. Plus it’s not really stealing if you helped write the book, right?)
We are pretty damn proud of this thing. It contains within in it both of our stories about how we became full-time, money-makin’, badass writers. (I took the “lose your job” route and Lisa took the “quit your job” route, so you get both sides of the story.) You’ll also get our advice for how you should do this thang, even though that’s not really how we did it. Do as we say, not as we do, children.