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I found myself in a right slump yesterday. I think the combination of my recent sun stroke with subsequent loss of appetite, and the ill-timed deaths of a close friend and family member, could all be taking its toll. I feel exhausted, depressed, and generally quite down and deflated about everything. Perhaps my impending cruise holiday will be just the tonic the doctor ordered, but that seems ages away from where I sit.

I couldn’t be bothered eating yesterday but knew I should eat something. I walked into the work canteen and not even the Thursday macaroni and cheese was enough to tempt me. I browsed about and stopped off at the salad bar. I was tempted. I chose mixed lettuce with chicken, peppers, red onions, black olives and cherry tomatoes, all dressed in balsamic vinegar and topped off with sesame seeds. Not bad for £2.80 and surprisingly filling, but was neither satisfying nor enjoyable without an appetite to crush underneath it.

Would you believe I’ve even gone off coffee and dairy products? The thought of a glass of cold milk used to fill me with joy, but now all I remember when I pick up a carton is the smell of curdled chunks stunk in my nostrils after vomiting my last glass of milk during the height of my sun stroke.

Apologies if you were eating while reading that.

Can’t be bothered writing any more. I spent my evening lying in bed wishing my life away.

Monthly GDR Plan

* Complete writing Baccara Burning
* Re-submit any all rejected/recalled short stories
* Enter a couple of writing/poetry competitions

* Write at least one poem per week (0/5 – 28/52 overall)
* Work on new chapbook

* Stay on top of RR submissions
* Start preparing RR issue 8 for September

* Try and get a couple of gigs to review for late July

* Do more work on amalgamation of web design and freelance writing websites

Marketing and Promotion
* Publish July newsletter
* Prepare August newsletter
* Prepare July GDR Review
* Prepare August GDR Plan
* Keep website(s) up to date
* Look for Stella marketing ops
* Bring Podcast ideas to life
* Bring YouTube ideas to life
* Record MIS sound bites

Reading & Learning
* The Butt by Will Self
* Dixie Dust Rumors by Devon Ellington
* Sisters in Time by Ginger Simspon
* The Plague by Albert Camus
* The Papers of Tony Veitch by William McIlvanney
* Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

* Keep diet going

Stella by Colin Galbraith – available now from Eternal Press –

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About Colin Galbraith

Thriller author, music fan, St Mirren fan, fluff chucker, rabbit tamer, outstanding fake faller. Loves cannoli.
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3 Responses to Slumped

  1. So sorry you’re slumping, Colin, but FWIW you certainly have every right to do so…what a series of events 😦 Hope your holiday gives you a good break from it all.

    P.S. *Loving* your book 🙂

  2. Yeah, you might be off the last thing you ate when you were ill for awhile.

    A curry should set you back to rights. The tumeric, et al, helps re-align your system. And cucumber anything will help with the post-sun-stroke cooling.

    Even if you feel a bit down, trying reading a book. Try something far removed from your regular roster/comfort zone. It will engage you without exhausting your depleted body, and help lift the depression.

    Feel better soon! People don’t realize how sunstroke/heat stroke affects the mind as well as the body. Remember, basically, you boiled your brain — cooked it. You’re going to have to stretch it a little to get it back in proper working order.

  3. Brenda says:

    Yanno, a heat stroke can kill you, so you best take it easy!

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