I'm kidding about some of the above, but I do hate it when I let others down. And that's what I did during the month of September. I missed not one, but two different blog posts on AuthorCulture and that's unlike me. But it did teach me an important lesson. I'm not Wonder Woman.
|Here I am in my Wonder Woman costume,|
handling things admirably and looking
Wait a minute... that's not me.
That's my granddaughter, Molly, in her
Wonder Girl-in-Training costume. Silly me.
It happens to all of us, I know, but I'm going to focus on writers. Let's face it, writing is a very small part of being a writer nowadays. We have more to do after a book is published than we do writing the darned thing in the first place. We have marketing, keeping up with social media, arranging for personal appearances, running contests, blog tours, and many other things to gobble up our time. As our responsibilities grow--not only in our professional lives, but in our personal as well--we have to adjust. Sometimes we can accommodate whatever life throws our way; sometimes we can't. The trick is to know when and what to put aside for the time being, i.e., deciding which brick to take from our basket. It's not easy. That's why I got into trouble in the first place. I keep thinking I can handle one more thing if I just bend a certain way. But I can't. No one can. Maybe I'll have to work in a messy office for a while until I have the time and patience to clean it up properly. Perhaps I'll need to say no to requests for my time and energy from unexpected outside sources--school, church, community. And in this case, maybe I need to write my blog posts in advance so when the day comes to publish them they'll be there.
And that, my dear friends, is precisely what I'm doing at the moment. This blog isn't due for eleven more days. Can you believe it? You may commence with the cheering. Wonder Woman is back!