Ramble – Work, RL

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It’s the end of week 1 of the teaching term, and I am so ungodly exhausted, despite a fairly light week comparatively, that I wonder if I’m having a mild “trauma” response from fall term. I don’t want to overuse the word “trauma,” hence the quotes. Fall term was not really traumatic. But it was stressful and far too busy, basically seven days/week of work for twelve or so weeks. And I think I may just be having residual fear of going back. Like I just intrinsically need a longer break (like 6 months would be ideal).

Every day this week, I’ve had a headache that has gone away in the afternoon after my Zoom meetings and main teaching tasks, but is generally replaced by exhaustion. Hopefully, I’ll get into the swing and stop scaring myself before the fact.

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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