As told many, many times here, I have a fairly aggressive word count target of 10K per week, which theoretically means the initial draft of Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller will be complete by November 30, assuming an 80K max word count.
I was thinking about how run-down I’ve been feeling lately, and how my habit of skipping the burning the candle at both ends thing and tossing it into a bonfire has a significant down side. On the one hand, I really want to get established with a title at Amazon, etc, on the other, at what cost?
It got me thinking about “self-care”, which I’ll see tossed off every so often at BuzzFeed and strikes me as a Millennial thing that I wouldn’t understand. I assumed it involved not even being able to even, being dead dead, and/or low-key doing something or other.
So I Googled It, and in short, self-care means Taking Care of You, whether it means get more sleep (need), look at art, go for a walk in the woods (bad idea, here, for me), read books, or basically, do whatever makes you happy. Well, this is a dilemma because I happen to enjoy writing. But point taken.
I also decided that I’m a terrible person because I haven’t been checking out who is liking my blog posts or following the blog, except as spot-checks. In my defense, in the early going they were spam links, so I tuned them out. Now I’m seeing real people with real blogs, and feel bad that I haven’t been very reciprocal, which is to say, at all.
Thus: I will credit Milly Schmidt for inspiring this post with one of her own called The nine stages of trying NOT to write at work.
With the exception of blog posts that I pre-write before touching up at home and posting the following morning, I don’t write any WIP at work. My reasoning is twofold: One, I usually write an hour at a time when working on a book, and my longest break at work is 30 minutes, and two, I don’t want my day job to be involved in my side action. It would be a Pyrrhic victory to get published, self- or otherwise, only to be fired for misuse of company resources. I figure blogging on my lunch hour is okay as long as I’m saving it for later, and I’m not printing anything.
Speaking of art, and by extension, music, I did click over to check out a blog called Eclipsed Words that is essentially what this site was supposed to be at the start and evolved into My Life and Times as a Fledgling Author, which alienated some and attracted others. Anyway, check her site out for art, poetry, and everything else.
Also, I want to give a shout-out to my first non-spam follower Cristian Mihai. He is also an author! Check out his stuff.
Well, so much for self-care, but then again, I understand it to mean that you should do things that feel good, and/or are good for you. Success!
Back to writing…
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