For real, I've been writing. I've got this manuscript I'm working on that is the most exciting thing I've ever written. I can't really tell you about it, except it's just, man, I don't know. It's got me by the throat. It's the toughest thing I've ever written, too, so it's killing me.
Dude, I wish I could tell you about it. It's like, well okay, it's paranormal, right? But it's also not now paranormal. And it's also in this setting that is not ours, but it's here. And there's all this thrillerish action and a love story and all these feeeeeelings.
Yeah, that did no good. I hope you'll get to read it.
Anyway, my blog neglect came at the same time as Livia Blackburne's article about writers blogging--and how it's a waste of time. Timely, no? I swear we didn't plan it. Anyway, the article is quite insightful (check it out). She doesn't say you get nothing out of blogging, merely that it doesn't equate to book sales, which may be true. It seems like it could be. But I also know that blogging--and actually anything you do can have an indirect influence on anything. I suspect that blogging can ultimately have an impact on sales, though it's difficult to know exactly how much if at all. The key is to really enjoy blogging then, right? Only do it if you derive satisfaction from it. That satisfaction may be all you get. I like blogging, I'm just not good at doing it every day*. I get far more satisfaction from blogging when I feel like it, and I rarely feel like blogging every day.**
But there's one major reason I don't blog super regularly. Well, two. One, because I don't only read my comments; I also try to reply to them (if you've got your profiles linked to an email) and/or visit your blogs (if you've got one), and this can take up a lot of time. So instead of cutting back on that stuff, I cut back on my online content. Perhaps that's not wise, but I figure blogging is about interaction, at least for me. Otherwise I'd just have a website.***
Oh yeah, and reason two...I have to write, and writing takes serious time. Not only do I have a family and a home and an addiction to clean clothes, I have that paranormal thrillerish thing going on and an absolute need to write. It's that or anti-anxiety meds. Also, I have an agent who sort of expects me to write. And I want to give that to her. Me writing equals happiness for both of us. Hopefully.
So. Know that while I'm not blogging, I'm either nurturing my family or sitting on my bed writing in clean underwear. Not the ones that say "Love it or lose it." Those are way too cliché for writing a love story.
But I do miss you. I do.
*I realize this sucks for planners. My apologies to you. But if it's easier, you can subscribe by email and then my posts will show up in your inbox when they go out and you don't have to check to see if I've posted. Although, oh my word, I feel like a douche even suggesting that you might be checking to see if I posted. Does anyone actually do that? I'd feel really stupid if no one does.
**This may be redundant.
***If you'd rather have more content and less interaction, well...hm. I'm curious to know what you'd prefer, actually.
8*********************8Oh hey! Before I forget...
If you haven't yet, be sure to check out my mini reviews and ARC giveaways of these YA books:
FURY by Elizabeth Miles, THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater, NOCTURNE by Christine Johnson, and SHELTER by Harlan Coben. This giveaway is international and it ends tomorrow, August 4.
I should not have eaten graham crackers in bed. MISTAKE.