Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Book Baby Hibernation

Not long ago, I discovered this sweet little tool called Stat Counter. It tells me all sorts of great stuff about my blog, like how many people are coming by, how often they come by, where they come from. That sort of thing. And the last few locations where my blog was accessed?

Delhi, Salt Lake City, New York, Bangalore, Brisbane, Copenhagen, Plano, Manila, Leduc….

So. Yeah. That’s awesome. And recently? I sent off two different prize packages to India and others to the Philippines and Canada. How totally cool is that? Because I feel connected. Like maybe the world is not such a large place. If someone from Slovakia or Malaysia is able to read my silly little blog, then maybe, just maybe our voices carry much farther than we think. While this is scary and overwhelming, it’s also an amazing thought. I begin to understand that blogging is not such a small thing. And neither are we as human beings.

So I’m glad I do this. Only a year ago, I started taking this blogging thing more seriously. Before that point, my blog had been private, just a way to connect with family while living overseas. But even when I went public, I don’t think I was really scared, you know? I thought, who wants to read some random blog anyway? And then M. Gray started following me one day, and I was like WTF? Who’s this person? (Hey, Mary! <3)  And then more and more people just started coming by, following me and stuff, giving me these awards, like what?! Really?! I’m nobody.

And after a year I’m still sort of thinking, WTF I’m nobody. Except, now I’m a nobody that knows a ton more people. Blogging has led me to meet critique partners and betas (check out my blogging CPs and betas in my sidebar). I’ve held contests, learned how to vlog without breaking down into a vomiting fit, and even had the opportunity to connect with some well respected authors. I’ve joined the Bookanistas, which has forced me to set my writing aside and read and review on a regular basis, but just as importantly, it has allowed me to connect with yet more amazing people. Blogging has been a fantastic experience.

But.

Guess what?

I have begun a new WIP. And it’s freaking awesome. Like, so delicious that I can’t stop eating it all up. It is all I think about. I’m still at the stage where I talk about it with my husband like, “OMG, what about if I make them…” But I know it won’t be long before my ramblings turn into, “Ha! You should see what John just did to Jane. It’s ridiculous. Insane, I tell you.” Obsessive? Oh yeah. But  it’s just so damn sweet, I. Can’t. Stop. In part because I LOVE this story, but it’s also just how I operate. New WIP=Freakish obsession. In fact, I’m working frantically on this post in the middle of the night after finally forcing myself to stop take a short break from writing. And to be honest? I really sort of want to stop doing this right now and go back to my story. It’s not that I don’t love you, my dear bloggie friends. It’s just that I’m writing-OCD. And I’m seriously zonked.

light-to-write(This isn’t actually me. )

I can’t keep this up—blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, AND writing-obsessing, not unless I stop sleeping altogether. If I keep trying, I will lose my hair. And I can’t go bald, people. I have an alien-shaped skull. For real. So, time for a hiatus. A sort of hiatus. Like one where if I’m not posting or tweeting or responding to messages or commenting on blogs, you know I’m likely writing. BUT. If I do post or tweet or respond to messages or comment on blogs, you know I’m probably taking a sugar/peanut butter break or had something really important to say or maybe I’m simply trying to create a WTF-Looks-like-Nobody’s-back! moment.

Come on then. Chin up. Surely you understand. I know you’ll try really hard to keep on without me. *Sniff* *Hands you a tissue* It’s just…I need to get some sleep. I’m tired, yo. And my book baby is calling.

Commencing Book Baby Hibernation in

Three…

Two…

           One…

 

Later gator.

 

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Tell me I’m not the only one who needs this right now.

43 comments:

  1. Just be sure to come back to us! :-D

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  2. +JMJ+

    Carol, in this post you've captured both exactly what I love about blogging and the price I have to pay for blogging. I totally understand where you're coming from, but like Jessica, I hope you'll come back to us soon, too. =)

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  3. I, too, have a freaky obsession when a new WIP comes into my life. It's like a drug. But a really healthy (as long as you're still sleeping, eating, and working) drug, you know?

    Be sure to tell us all about your new WIP when you can!

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  4. Yay on the writing overtaking you. I'm in that phase at the moment as well with my wip so I can understand you taking a break. :)

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  5. I definitely understand the must... write... now... zombie thing. To the point where your sentences aren't even making sense anymore and there's the voice in the back of your head telling you
    "You'd be writing more clearly if you just went to bed and continued in the morning."
    But you keep going until your eyes start to close and you're writing the lyrics to nursery rhymes.

    So... take your break, and I'm looking forward to hearing how your book baby is going when you're ready to returning to the blogosphere :D

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  6. I DO understand you, and I've often felt the same. It's fine, really, if anyone understands this it's fellow writers! Just make sure to come back to us, that's all:) GOOD LUCK WITH BOOK BABY!

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  7. You're not the only one that needs this right now. (Well, you *did* ask me to tell you that.)

    SO happy for you with the new WIP. Rock it, darlin'. I know you will anyway, but I thought I'd just put it out there. :)

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  8. Awwwwww!!! You have your blog break and you have it as long as you want!!! Don't you worry about the blogging side - the writing's really important and your passion for your current wip shows just how important it is!!

    We'll miss you tons but we'll be here not to worry!! Take care
    x

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  9. Write like crazy! But I'll keep checking you out to make sure you check in from time to time - I like your blog!

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  10. I have so many stories in mind and I'd like to write them all today >.< I was going to postpone my YA rewrites until January next year, but I've been recently inspired to do it now...which means that another project will have to wait.

    I'm so glad to hear you're driven to write that story ^.^ I love it when it's like that. And don't worry about your hiatus. We'll still be here when you get back :) Writing is what's important to a writer - it's what they're supposed to do. Otherwise they'll just be a writer-in-name, but really just a blogger because they can't get any writing done (in other words, me in the past months).

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  11. Best with your break!

    I loved Stat Counter. Had some glitch over the summer, though, and it quit working for me. BUT! I recently discovered Blogger added one. You should find it as a new tab on your dashboard. As far as I can tell, it captures the same kind of info as Stat Counter. Yay!

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  12. You are not the only one who needs this. Trust me. At least you don't have school getting in the way. *major sniff* Baaah, time to go back to researching...

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  13. You take all the time you need, gorgeous!

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  14. You have to prioritize, and there are definitely times when I consider taking a break. I love the online community so much, it makes it really hard, so I haven't done it yet. But your WIP must come first! That sounds so exciting!! I can't wait to hear more. :) Or read it in print someday soon!! :D I think I will have to take a REAL break someday soon, I need some sleep too. Enjoy the babymoon stage!

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  15. Yeah, my followers blow my mind as well!
    Don't forget us. I'll ease back in November for NaNo, but can't stop completely. Too much fun.

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  16. If I quit blogging and such for a month, I wonder how productive I'd be? Not sure if I'd survive the experiment. I'd have blogger withdrawal. ;)

    Have a good hibernation! We'll miss you.

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  17. Hey I stumbled upon your blog and I just wanted to say how much I like it. Thanks for your posts. I am now a follower here. I will be back for more updates! :-)

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  18. Keep us posted, Carol - and don't stay gone for too long. We'll be right where you left us when you're ready to be back! Good luck with the WIP. :-)

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  19. Have fun hibernating!

    We all need some time away to concentrate on other things and a new book is definitely a good reason.

    Jai

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  20. OMG. I'm torn between being SO excited you have a new WIP and being so sad you haven't told me about it yet...

    I'm going for excited! Yay C :) I can't wait to hear about it!

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  21. I can definitely sympathize with the need to take a break sometimes. Even though I love the blogging community, it can be very, very draining. I hope you'll have a wonderful break!

    emy-shin.blogspot.com (my new blog)

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  22. I could have written this post word for word. I'm so there with you. From Statcounter to being a nobody to writing obsession....ALL of it!

    I think your sort of hiatus ought to be status quo. We read/comment/post when we have time and we don't when things are crazy.

    enjoy your writing!

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  23. That is awesome. I love it when the writing flows like that!

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  24. I'll be in revision hibernation for awhile. Be sure to step away from the baby on the 28th. :)

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  25. You should consider a bloggie ghost writer. ;)

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  26. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Waaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa Waaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

    Did that sound like a crying baby begging for attention? Good!!!

    :)

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  27. Thank you everyone for all of your comments and encouragement. It means a lot to me. I'll be sure to stop by and visit with you before I go into full hibernation ;)

    Ellen Faith, I've been trying to comment on your blog, but something seems to be wrong with the comment thing. I tried to email you to let you know, but there wasn't an email posted. I'm sorry! I just wanted to let you know. Your review of PARANORMALCY was fantastic!

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  28. I hope you have some great writing time with your new idea. That's exciting!!

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  29. so does this mean we won't be able to grab coffee!?!? :-(

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  30. How awesome that you love your wip so much!
    Enjoy your writing time and we will be here for you when you get back to blogging!!

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  31. Hey Carol...Blogging is all about learning, networking and supporting each other. :) You have a great blog break with your WIP and we'll see you when you come back. ((hug))

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  32. No, you are not the only one. I am planning the same thing during NaNo in November. Have fun with your baby!

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  33. Have a great hibernation and good luck on your WIP. We'll miss you while you're gone so don't stay away for too long ;)

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  34. Will miss you! But... You aren't the only one. I've been slacking for a couple months now on the blogging front! It is hard. Writing always comes first ;o) Good luck with your wonderful WIP!! I love the exciting beginning ;o)

    Love that you are so in love with your new story! Go forth and write ;o)

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  35. Congrats on the the new WIP high :) I am holding off on my new WIP for NaNoWriMo. It's blackening my soul and slowly killing me from the inside out to do so, but I'm staying strong, lol. I totally get it, enjoy the honeymoon phase :)

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  36. Hope you have a wonderful and highly productive hiatus! And I can't wait to find out what John just did to Jane. (I hear it was both insane and ridiculous.)

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  37. Good luck on your new WIP! We love you, Carol!! :)

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  38. I totally need it to. My posts have gone from nearly daily to twice a week - and one of those is me apologizing for not updating. I think we all get it, though. And your book baby needs you :)

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  39. Oh, yes - I completely understand. I've had to cut back on my blogging so I can focus on my WIP, too. Don't we all have to do that once in a while? I mean, sleep is a little overrated, but it's an unfortunate truth that it's still essential.

    Maybe what I should really focus on is discovering the cure for sleep!

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  40. "If someone from Slovakia or Malaysia is able to read my silly little blog, then maybe, just maybe our voices carry much farther than we think."

    Hello. I'm from Malaysia and I've been here on and off. :)

    @natzers

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  41. Good luck hibernating! Sometimes it's very much needed.

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