Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad; whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.
- John le Carre
- John le Carre
One down, more to go.
The never ending push to get that next project done.
You're still buzzing from the completion of your last one. The confetti hasn't hit the floor yet and you're already itching to work on something else. It's gotta be some kind of illness, seriously.
You know the moment when you type "The End" and you're feeling pretty bad-ass about yourself until you realize- I'm not done yet.
There's rewrites, edits or send off to editor, formatting, proofreading, send off to beta readers, contact your reviewers, design the cover or pay someone to do it, another read-through for good measure then upload that baby up.
I think I'm just now hitting my stride with my many roles as author, proofreader, format person and cover designer. I'm a control freak so I enjoy the process for the most part. Everyone's got their own way of doing things. I'm not so concerned about being everywhere. It doesn't seem to have any effect on sales and website traffic if I don't sign up for another site.Time spent futzing around sites is time not spent on writing and creating stuff.
It's weird how my 3-4 mos. lag in between blog posts had little to no effect on my unique traffic. It actually went up - maybe it's because people are checking up on what I've been up to, which is always a good thing. The amount of time spent browsing my site also went up. Sales have been steady during that brief break as well - not bad for not spending a lot of time with social media sites.
In saying that, here are my current online hangouts and why I use them (if I use the term "social media" one more time, I think I'm gonna vomit):
Twitter: I love, love, love this one. It's like a chat room on steroids. It serves a dual purpose for me: 1) it allows me to stay current on what my fav writers/artists are up to. 2) it allows me to engage people in my world
Tumblr: I just signed up for this one. It serves as a repository for things that inspire me, things I find all over the web that I think is pretty interesting, as well as a place to dump some of my mobile photos.
Goodreads: - Meh. I find the user experience still awkward at this site. It's a little frustrating - if someone can tell me how to combine my books that are under R. Van Saint plus the ones under Ro Van Saint, maybe it won't be so bad. Right now I just occasionally add books on it, not really very engaging at the moment. I don't even have a proper profile up yet.
Anyway, I don't even remember where I was going with this post but whatevs. It's late and I've got the munchies.
(Edit: I wrote the first draft of this post late night - 2 days ago)
So I guess my point is to keep producing, keep writing, keep creating. Quit talking about it and just do something already then share it with the world.
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