As I emerge from the Excruciating Land of Copy Edits (14- to 16-hour days, every day for the past nine days), I think it’s time to stop feeling sorry for myself for not having a weekend last week (or, as is all too common, some weeks) or regular sleep or time to exercise, and think about the positive aspects of having such a busy schedule:
1. I am saving money on makeup and hair supplies and blow outs at the Dry Bar.
2. We are saving money on dining out, going out, and seeing movies.
3. I am getting to know intimately the Los Angeles Central Library, where I seem to be nearly every Saturday returning Hollywood-related books and checking out new ones.
4. I have lots of quality time with my cats.
5. We are really getting our money’s worth out of our apartment because we are in it all the time.
6. I am saving a good bit of money on gas and– a huge bonus– I almost never have to worry about traffic.
7. When I do go out for fun, I am hugely appreciative, much more so than any normal person. (It’s what I imagine being let out of prison feels like, except that I rarely feel imprisoned at my desk.)
8. I don’t have to hear about the upsetting things going on in the world because I don’t have time to read the news.
9. Because of all the practice, I am now the world’s fastest typist.
10. At the end of it all, I have a book I’m very proud of and that I’ve worked very hard for, so that I can look at its pages and see every long hour, every missed weekend, every drop of blood, sweat, tears, and love.