Why a Break…

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…

24 thoughts on “Why a Break…

  1. Enjoy your break dear Martha, it’s good to take a step back and recharge sometimes. Big hugs for you, Dusty and Bear from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

  2. I’ve been taking a break from blogging (well, at least the constant writing, non-stop social media upkeep, and daily tasks in the multiple blogging groups) for over a half a year now. It was taking a lot of my time, and my kids (that I homeschool) began asking me to stay off the computer. This “break” gave me more time to spend with my family, more time to play outside, and more time to paint – my other creative hobby. Now, I write only when something inspires me, or when I want to share the back story of a painting. I do seek out and read other blogs, but it’s maybe a once-a-week thing instead of an every-day thing – I still feel a little guilty about that sometimes.

    Anyhow, enjoy your break, Martha! Sometimes our minds and bodies need it. Enjoy the snow and your dogs. I look forward to seeing you when you get back! xx

    • I’ve also backed off Twitter — so I might not see you there so often. I decided (was it a decision?) to do little watercolors just to give away since I realized that investing psychic energy and fear of consequences in paintings was making me NOT want to paint. Long story…
      But breaks from painting have usually made me a better painter, so, like you, I want the mental space to do that.

      I’ll be back… (who said that?)

      • Martha, did I know that you were a watercolorist too? I feel like we could sit down and have a long chat. Too bad we are so far apart. I’d love to see some of your paintings (and chat about that too). I’m so hungry for knowledge in the area of watercolor. πŸ™‚

      • I just put a few that I did recently on Twitter. I wouldn’t call myself a watercolorist. I mess around with all kinds of paint — I like oil the best, but watercolor has a kind of serenity to it and the reminder that less is often more. It’s the most fun, I think. I usually use pencils. The pencils I use have very intense colors. https://marthakennedy.blog/2019/01/27/color/

        I wish we could go for a long walk in the woods (with our dogs). We’d probably have a great conversation!!!

  3. Well that sounds good, Martha. Sounds like you are too busy doing other things that are as enjoyable if not more. When something occurs to you, I’m sure we will hear from you again. But don’t forget Lamont and Dude. They provide a valuable public service in keeping me sane.

  4. Breaks are always good for the mind and the soul! Love the ski story, its the best! Winter isn’t over yet, so I’m sure there will be snow for Bear and you to play in sometime soon! Meanwhile, enjoy your you time!

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