01385: Writing Is More Tiring Than You Think

Tragically, the news that Nora Ephron has died is indeed true. She has finally succumbed to leukemia at the age of 71.

For those who are unfamiliar with this writer / director / producer / playright / journalist / author and whatever, Nora Ephron is primarily known for her work in movies, particularly romantic comedies. She's primarily known great movies like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail and more recently Julie & Julia. So yeah, she's THAT fabulous lady.

And as much as a lot of folks make fun of romantic comedies as cheesy chick flicks and stuff like that, we have to admit that these are really good movies that tap into a part of our lives that we all want to get in touch with more. Her movies speak to how much many of us look for love and how all wish that things would just fall into place in the third act or something. Is that too much to ask for?

So farewell dear Nora Ephron. You've given us so much and for that we are eternally grateful. Your creative achievements are an inspiration to us all.

In other news, I'm feeling pretty drained today, and it's only the middle of the week. I've been struggling with a major deadline this week and while it's due on Friday, of course we all want to make sure that we finish things well ahead of that to give us some breathing room. I put in some extra time today to wrap things up and as tiring as it was, I'm glad that I was able to leave the office feeling pretty good with the state of affairs with respect to my work load. Things should be a bit easier moving forward, provided that the last few pieces of data from other folks come in to complete my little masterpiece.

It recently hit the news as well how working more than 40 hours a week is counterproductive. And this still refers to somewhat manual, more physically demanding labor. The studies have also documented that white collar or "brain work" is equally taxing and working for more than 6 hours straight in this capacity tends to offer diminishing returns over time. And I sincerely believe in the truth of this - and you should see me at the end of a long day of writing. I can feel pretty beat up and I'm sure it translates to my outward appearance somehow.

The marketing-related writing that I do at work is admittedly a lot more tiring than the work than the writing that I invest into this blog and of course the Geeky Guide. The writing that I do at work requires a lot of thought and sometimes calculation too. And so it can really take a lot out of me even though I'm largely sitting down. I do my best to get out of my seat periodically and keep myself a bit more active, but of course I can only do so much.

It's a small wonder that I manage to do all the writing that I do, whether at the office or here at home. Put somehow I find the strength (or at least the mental acuity) to get through my personal blogging queue and get things done. I guess this is why they call this a passion after all - it's the only plausible explanation for how I'm able to get yet even more writing done at the end of a long day at the office like today.

But I still need to get more creative writing done - and please may this be more than just the sort of marketing spin that I produce at the office.
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  1. Condolence. S'ya pala writer ng mga fave chick flick movies ko :(

    1. Yup - people don't always get to appreciate the people behind great works of art.


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