Dear Dangerspouse (and everyone else):
I’ve learned over the years that nothing makes my teeth itch more than worrying about marketing my writing. But…I started this blog in 2013 just for that reason. I read a book about marketing self-published books (was that book self-published?) and it said that writing a blog on WordPress was essential to selling self-published books. At the time I was trying to sell Martin of Gfenn and Savior. There’s something to that. I think many of the books I sold over the years have been to readers of my blog. But…
So I made a profile and looked around to see what was going on here. I’d had blogs on Blogger, mostly private, written as I used to write my journals, a place to think, to vent, but the online thing was better because of pictures.
I saw a thing called the “Daily Prompt” (RIP) and thought it was just fucking stupid, but the book also said I had to build an audience on my blog, so I started writing the prompt every morning. What I learned was that — at 4:30 in the morning, the hour at which I got out of bed at the time — it was nice to sit and think with my cup of coffee before the horror-show of my life began in earnest. My morning blog post became a kind of sanctuary, and I wrote some good stories. That was surprising.
People who talk, write, and think about “How to become a writer” often say, “Write every day until it becomes a habit.” I’ve had that habit all my life. Writing isn’t usually stressful for me, and when it is, it’s stressful because of where a story is going.
The China project was pretty intense. All those stories (and it’s just the surface) have been waiting for 35+ years. I thought there would be more. Then a moment came and I knew there were a lot of stories I didn’t want to share. The question, not share HERE or not share at all? I don’t know.
The little break or more I feel I need right now is mostly because I feel I need some down time to do/write/think about different things. As long as there’s snow (and there isn’t now, boo hoo hoo) I’m going to be most interested in my skis and that’s one story, “I went out and I skied and I came back home. It’s the best.” The little water colors are mildly consuming and take some time. So, just a break until I have something to say. At the moment, it’s just feeling a little ho-hum. ❤
*The featured photo shows the strata of an examined life…