Feeling SAD

t1larg.girl.rock.tsI’m feeling SAD – not sad, but Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

And that’s where I’m at. I mope around, go online and check out FB, buy a present or two, and then slouch back to my bed, where I bury myself in another novel. I could worry about this, but I’ve decided not to. After all, we are only a couple of weeks away from the shortest day of the year, December 20, and after that things will get better, we’ll have more daylight, and hopefully I”ll perk up. It’s that darkness at 430 pm I cannot bear. It’s night all the time, and all I want to do is eat, sleep and read.

But I”m still writing like mad on Tuesdays during my writing workshop and another workshop will begin on Jan 18, so that’s two times a week I’ll definitely be working on my play. My workshop members have all been bemoaning the lack of time to work on their various creative projects – holidays seem to put us all in a place where we just try to keep up. Perhaps, like me, they are afflicted with SADness. But as long as we meet and write and read together at least once a week, we’re still creating, still moving the stories forward.

I’ll go back to my book now, by Kim Stanley Robinson. He’s brilliant and inspirational.


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