The heat is still getting to me, sure, but what else is getting to me is the dual-lifestyle I’m leading: Design Supervisor by day, Comic Creator by night. That’s a full plate for anyone, but I also have to function as a husband and caregiver. I can’t neglect my dog, and I can’t neglect my home and family.
Last night, I got home after meeting with employees and managers on a variety of issues and projects to turn around and immediately go to the grocery store. I got home, had a quick dinner, then mowed the lawn, fertilized the lawn to combat some “frog eye” fungus, watered the lawn well past dusk so the dog wouldn’t be poisoned by the chemicals in the fertilizer, and then I had to sit down and draw my page for me to ink tonight. I was exhausted when the Chief asked me to go for a walk with the dog. Couldn’t do it.
So, not only is my family the loser here, but I am losing out also. I feel like I have no time to excercise. I find myself eating fast food more and more for fear of losing precious time.
During the day, I feel out of sorts, because I have to cram in so much at night.
Obviously I’m burning out. I can see it happening. I’m getting a bit snappy in my responses to innocent questions. I go through this cycle about every six months. I should hit another one in December/January. I’m at the point now, after doing comics for so long at night, that I have to wonder if it is all still worth it.
I have never tried to answer that question truthfully for fear of a “wrong” answer. This is probably why I still do this to myself after four years, night in and night out.
I’ll take a day off here shortly, then our vacation in August for a week. That should hold it all off until December.
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