I believe I am suffering from some writing burnout…

On Tuesday, May 10th, I finished writing the first draft of my first novel – 68,433 words! I am elated and also worn out. It has been a busy six months. Since November 2015, we moved from Florida to Colorado. In that time, I have read and reviewed approximately 30 books. I have written countless blog posts and even beta read a couple of novels for friends. Of course, this is all on top of the millions of other things we all accomplish in our day-to-day lives!

Writers burnout is a real thing. I know when the burnout sneaks up on me, I have to do something else. My motto is, “Step away from the computer!” (Although here I am writing a blog post!) On top of that, I have had spring fever. So yesterday, Ron and I had a marvelous day. It was a glorious 70+ degrees F. I even got a bit of a sunburn! Nothing like a red nose to make everyone smile! J

We mowed and edged our tiny lawn, front, and back. We placed our galvanized metal sheep troughs in the rocks in our back garden so that I could fill them with dirt. This is going to be the perfect environment for growing veggies.

1 foot deep, 6 foot long – sheep troughs

Drilling holes for Drainage

I put landscaping cloth in the bottom so the dirt wouldn’t drain out of the holes. I kept my grass clippings and mixed them in with the dirt, compost, and garden soil.

Filling the troughs

A great planter idea

I searched for an idea for months looking for an affordable planting area that could take the hot sun, the wind, and the snow and cold that is part of living in the Rocky Mountains. The best part of this is the metal will retain the heat of the day so my plant’s roots will be protected during the cool nights. I am excited! I have a yellow pear tomato, a cherry tomato, and an eggplant on the sunny window ledge of my dining room, waiting until it is warm enough to plant. Zucchini, cucumbers, and peppers can’t be far behind!

The only trouble is, now I am physically AND mentally worn out! I don’t really mind because how fabulous is it to be worn out from doing the things you love – writing and gardening?

I decided that I need a few days off. I will see you all on Monday! Book reviews will continue next week. I apologize for the delay! <3 Hugs to you all and have a fabulous weekend.

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  1. Congratulations on finishing the first draft!! Now for editing and editing and editing. Those bookshelves are waiting for your book, Colleen 😉

    • Jade, thank you so much for your vote of confidence. I have not heard back from my editor friend yet. The work starts when she returns the first draft… It is daunting, yet exciting! 😀 <3

  2. How exciting! I hope you had a rest filled weekend. Xx

  3. I love what you have done with your garden. We still wait for the house we are buying to be hours. Might as well be July until we get in. It’s getting tedious. Your post reminded me of what I read in Julia Cameron’s “The Artists Way”. She suggests a weekly “Artists Date” where you go and do something for your inner artist’s child. Preferably try something out that you always wanted to do. If you wanted to be a ballet dancer get yourself lessons and if you cannot afford them go on YouTube and watch a ballet video. I like the idea of getting yourself out of the routine and be a bit of an explorer. Thanks for sharing your experience with us :-). Oh by the way “Mindful Monday” is thriving on “A Spirit of Healing” 🙂

  4. Hey, dearest Colleen, now I wish I was resting too. I’m tired too. So you rest so when you are back, I go for mine. How does that sound?
    Thumbs up on all you have accomplished so far, a toast to you!

  5. Enjoy your burnout. You deserve it. 🙂

  6. So good to read you are enjoying life to the full, Colleen. That’s what it is all about. Keep doing it. As I have said before “life is like a toilet roll. The nearer you get to the end, the quicker it seems to run out.”

    Keep on enjoying what you love doing the most.

  7. Congratulations. It sounds like you earned a few days of vacation. Enjoy.

  8. Have fun gardening!!

  9. Take a break! You deserve it 💚 And congratulations with first draft. 💐

  10. I would say you definitely deserve a break! Congrats to finishing your draft. May I ask what the book is about?

    • This is the story I developed from some blog posts on the “swamp fairy,” I wrote about when we lived in Florida. I wrote this as a piece of YA fiction aimed at 14 years and up. It is the story of a girl who helps to rescue a community of swamp fairies and discovers the true meaning of what being part of a family is all about. It is an adventure, a mystery, and a fantasy! <3

  11. 🙂 Does sound as though you’re burnt out! Now is the time to book a holiday on a yacht.

    Good luck with the garden!

    You know, what concerns editing: We’re so conditioned to “know” that the first draft needs to be edited before it’s ready for publishing, we think we’re supposed to launch right into that! Actually a few weeks away can do wonders for your perspective when you return to your book. I often find that trying to edit what one has just written is not easy; it’s too “fresh”. It needs to mature.

  12. Enjoy your break, Colleen. You deserve it.

  13. Have a good break, Colleen

  14. relax… take a break… have an ice cream! you’ll find your center again!!

  15. Time off to recharge is never time wasted. Enjoy! 🙂

  16. Good! Take a Sabbatical ☺. I try not to blog on Friday nights and Saturdays. Everyone needs a rest! Plus it gives me time to check in on all the blogs I follow. Your home is so pretty by the way. I love looking at it lol.

  17. Wow, you’re a busy woman. Congratulations on completing your draft!!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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