In that mode, I'm one hot mess. Ask my husband. When I'm writing or doing significant revision, I become no good to anyone. I walk around in a daze, occasionally muttering to myself, incapable of doing basic things like preparing dinner without burning it. Aren't all writers like this?
Unfortunately, not a lot of people understand this fog. Other writers do (I think). And my husband and kids and besties do because they have now seen it enough. But the people who are outside of my inner circle are befuddled (and inevitably annoyed) by the "fuzzy" me. "Fuzzy" me can't get school physicals done, paperwork complete, and groceries put away. "Fuzzy" me takes three weeks to return 'time sensitive' documents to my financial planner. "Fuzzy" me doesn't return phone calls or clean the refrigerator or visit my parents enough. "Fuzzy" me should never have agreed to be the co-head of the PTA or teach 5th grade Sunday School. "Fuzzy" me is slow to read manuscripts.
I do not flake out on all these life obligations on purpose. I just see the giant mountain of them and can't seem to find the energy to climb that mountain. Perhaps because I am putting so much energy into my WIP. I'm not sure. And yes, the simple solution is to "stop" but honestly, it doesn't work that way. Even when I shut the computer off, the thoughts/ideas for my WIP do not shut off.
So if I owe you something (which inevitably I do), please be patient with me. The fog will lift soon. I promise. Please feel free to share "maintaining balance" secrets in the comments--I could use all the help I get.
P.S. Also, remember, the fabulous Heather McCorkle will be stopping by tomorrow on her "Tour of Secrets" blog tour to promote her fabulous new book THE SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL. Please come by and give her some love.