I’ve been sick the past week, spending much more time in the bathroom than I would like. More, in fact, than working on any of the multiple writing-related projects I have going.
I’ve also had at least half a dozen things I’d like to have blogged about–movies, books, etc–but have just been “down and out” with being sick.
And just as I’d like to start back on writing my second Identity Crisis novel, I’m volunteering to help copy edit an anthology, which I’m greatly looking forward to and see as a great opportunity and experience. But it’s another time slot–or two, or three–just as the weather’s getting nice, and I’m starting to feel better, and important stuff at work is coming up, and… I think part of the reason I got sick was I stress myself out too much, spread myself too thin. I need to start scaling back and prioritizing again.
And one of the first things to get cut on the list of priorities is blogging.
Some people–damned if I’ll ever understand how–actually make a living blogging. What a world we live in, eh? If I could get paid to sit here and shoot out my opinions into the Ether everyday… Just can’t imagine that as possible.
And even though in this new cyber-centered world we live in, they say “building a platform” is so darned important to having a writing career. That means being online, having a presence, cyber-socializing, blogging about whatever, etc.
But I say, if I am doing that, then I’m not writing anything. And I don’t want to be a virtual social butterfly, I want to be a writer. Novels, novellas, shorties, etc. You ask me, you don’t get to be a writer by talking about the one book you’ve written. You get there by writing more books.
Anyway, maybe someday I’ll get around to talking about that movie I saw or that book I read, but for now, that’s just noise. I have so much more important stuff to do. And the internet is jam-packed other people that can do that all day long. But not all of them can write books or stories. And only I can write my books and stories. And only I can take care of my family, and take care of my specific responsibilities at home and at work. So that’s my priority.
And now I have to go meet my son at school for an after-school club. Only I can do that for him, and it sure as hell is more important than blogging about some movie so I can “build a platform.”