Confession: The Second Edition of a book on sleep has thoroughly exhausted me

So, tomorrow's the launch/thank-you party at the local makerspace, complete with awesome music act and, er, food and beer assuming I pull that together (I'm sure I will; there's a whole day and a half left).  But lords and ladies, I cannot begin to express how drained I feel after the weeks of active labor at the end of dragging the Second Edition into the world….whew!!  My actual sleep has been pretty stable and fine, actually; but mentally I'm just worn down to the proverbial fibers, you know?  That was a VERY long project, and the unexpected uphill at the end was killer.  Reminded me strongly of "Heartbreak Hill" on the Boston Marathon route, which was quite agonizing enough on a bicycle; I'd say that I can't imagine what running twenty miles and then getting to that fucker would be like, except that thanks to the Second Edition, I totally can imagine it.  ;)

(The Ubersleepbook page is all updated, and announcements sent, but just in case you're watching here rather than there:  Print edition / Ebook edition; and thank you!!)

To that end, I have a whole slew of cool follow-up plans for the book now that it's out, but I think I may have to take a breather first.  I signed up for sailing lessons so I could stick that in my belt before summer's over, so maybe I'll shift my focus off the screen for the next few weeks and just focus on not capsizing into the Charles.

Othere very general updates, since that's about what I feel up to:  Have been 98% Gluten Free since, um, whenever I last wrote about it — a few months ago? — and all my digestive problems have promptly evaporated, so a rather confused (since I have no idea why that would have worked; it was a guess) YAY for that.  (I say "98%" because I've cut out wheat pretty much completely — thank goodness for living somewhere that wheat-free food is relatively easy to find — but haven't been super strict about avoiding secondary sources of gluten, such as semolina and oats.  I don't eat them a lot, but I don't avoid them, either.  It could very well be that my problem was with wheat, more than gluten, anyway.)

The degree to which my sanity depends on rice crackers, chickpea-flour crunchies and all-corn tortilla chips is a little embarrassing.  However, I did lose a bit of stomach-padding (quite probably just due to exercise; been biking and training my butt off) and I feel most excellent compared to a few months ago, so WOOHOO.

A few weeks ago my sifu pinned me with A Look and said that I should back off that stretch a bit, because "it's worth it to not do as much now so you can train again in a few hours.  We're not weekend warriors here."  And it kind of hit me for some reason when he said that, how very much traditional Chinese martial arts has become central to my life.  I tripled my training-schedule prior to the Grandmaster's visit and workshop, but since then, if anything I've only upped it even more.  (I *do* train every few hours, on my own; and incorporating what I know bleeds into every other thing I do; plus I'm still on the elevated lesson-schedule I started a few months ago, and have no intention of lessening it.)  

I started studying Taiji because it was the next reasonable evolutionary step in my philosophy training – because sorry, past a certain point analytic Western philosophy is just wrong, and Continental philosophy just circuitous, and reading Eastern philosophy just totally misses the point – and I didn't really treat it as serious athletics until pretty recently…but now I look and I've re-tooled so much about how my body works, and started seriously delving into applications and linking different styles together and more definitely-advanced stuff; and moreoever, I can't imagine a future I like where I'm not continually studying and progressing in this, as both a philosophy and an art.  And as an art, it's no joke — it uses every atom of your body, mind, and spirit; and for an incredibly fast learner like myself, it may only take two decades or so to get to the point of really exploring and manifesting it, rather than just doing rote exercises.  Today it only took me three tries to correctly pull my Sifu's arm; and that was a huge victory.  …Obviously I should write more about that at some point; consider it On The List.  

Speaking of The List, I also finished the first draft of my novella!  (Fuck, I really need to name that thing.  It's in the capable hands of my favorite alpha-critter now; maybe something he comes up with will help me do that.)  Anyway, it's not one of the Big Three stories that perpetually haunt and fuel my guts, but it's next in line below them, and if I successfully put together this 30,000 words of science fiction, I'll be both thrilled and, I think, ready to turn my attention to one of the novels again.  (Fun fact:  I've written each of the novels more than once, and every time thrown them away, because I just don't have the chops as a writer yet to make them happen the way they are in my, erm, firmament.)  I also have a neat idea floating around in my head, about reincarnation and insects, that I want to get on while the novella is under the knife.  

I'm writing and doing mad taiji.  For better or worse or whatever reason, that statement makes me feel successful more than anything else, I think, ever could.  That I'm also learning to sail and climb, and that my underwater hockey game is coming along damn nicely and I'm able to maintain my bike and myself well enough to handle regular 20+ mile rides, are awesome bonuses that I very much appreciate the opportunity to pursue.

I have zero complaints, world.  I just happen to want to pass out on my mental face for a few days, once this launch-party thing is over, ok?

Love you!  ;)

PD

 

6 thoughts on “Confession: The Second Edition of a book on sleep has thoroughly exhausted me”

  1. THANK YOU, Alex, Sorcerer and Ron!!

    Splash, it is — just email me your receipt for the 1st edition and I'll send you the ebook of the 2nd for free.  Done it a few times already; good for my word.  ;)  (OTOH, you totes should get the print copy if you're at all interested…holy buckets is it gorgeous.)

    Ellen — Great to hear from you!  Judah was one of my star attractions at the party — a real live doing-it-right-now-on-Uberman guy!  Of course, I'm jealous; but life may let me have my Uberman schedule back someday yet.  As for work, I'm experimenting with freelancing the last half-year, and fortunate that so far it's going well (and more flexible, but definitely not less work, than slinging keyboard for someone else).  I like your bolding of "not to mention"; it shows that you have intimate knowledge of what that involves, heh.  As to how I do it — well, it's too much, of course.  *Something* is always sliding off the edges of that there plate…when I gain more wisdom, I'll be able to find the right balance; but for now I'm a bit manic, hehe.  And I'm no biologist, but definitely inclined to agree with your assessment on wheat, given my reading.  Insanity.

    You'd know a Sifu (sometimes pronounced/spelled Shifu) as a Sensei, from Akido.  Of course, being Chinese, everything has to be complicated, so there's Sifu (your teacher), Sigong (your teacher's teacher), Sihing (your "older brother"; i.e. senior male student), Sijie ("older sister"), Sidiah ("little brother"), Simoi ("little sister") and so on.  I'm lucky to be taking private lessons at the moment, so I only have a Sifu for now.  ;)

     

    Best, to everyone; and thanks for the excellent comments!

  2. Kol haKavod!  Congratulations, M.S./PD,  Wonderful accomplishment.  May your rest and recovering be rich and deep.  Son Judah Sher tells me the party was good.  Wish I could have been there [I live in Cincinnati].  I started polyphasic sleeping on 6/24/13; started strict Everyman 4.5 on 7/2/13.  

    Polyphasic sleep lifestyle is the most exciting thing I've encountered in many a year.  Thrilling, really.  Changing my life drastically for the better in many ways.  I really love the anti-depressant effect… as though I'd take a serotonin-boosting drug.  And the enhanced productivity!  

    So thank you for persevering in polyphasic sleep yourself, and doing all the work (book, blog…) to hold down the research and build a community for mutual support.  And I find the book excellent:  authoritative, and also personable and fun to read.  

    I have to ask: what with writing on sleep and writing fiction, doing all that psychophysical development, plus climbing and sailing, not to mention parenting a child, are  you still maintaining a job working for somebody else?  

    On WHEAT:  I am convinced that the epidemic of GI difficulties is the result of the hybredized wheat that is ubiquitous in the US.  Over the last 50 years the nature of wheat flour has changed not once but twice, according to a source with long experience as a pastry chef.  Yes, Monsanto withdrew its GMO/GE "roundup ready wheat" after the outcry almost 10 years ago.  But there is something about our American wheat.  The wheat I consumed in Africa in 2000 in great quantities didn't hurt me at all, but when I came home and continued to eat all those flour chapaties I went nuts.  Lots of symptoms, but especially mental fogginess and depression.

    One last thing:  I've studied Aikido and Qigong intensively but have no idea what a Sifu is.  ?

    Thanks again! 

  3. So, ah, is the clause that enables anyone who bought the first edition to get the second edition free still in effect? If so, how does one go about invoking it?

    (I'm tempted to shell out for a real print copy either way — I bought the PDF a couple of years ago — but…)

  4. Once again, awesome post, personal and uplifting, and it seems you very well deserve a little rest! :)

  5. You might want to take a look at the book “Wheat Belly”.
    It talks about how many ailments that we have are caused by wheat and are not necessarily a gluten problem.

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