Writing, especially in the independent field, is a business. And a business will pretty much go to crap if you don’t tend to it, keep it up, strive to accomplish more and more and more, and generally WORK. Unfortunately, writing is usually not a business that helps you pay your bills right away, so there’s always an “Evil Day Job” that usually gets in the way of making your writing job as successful as your dreams make it out to be.
Though I don’t find my day job too terribly evil, I do know it has been sucking up a lot of my time lately. The last six months or so have been an absolute whirlwind, from working retail during the holiday season to being promoted to a different store and being shipped off for special corporate training for a few weeks, the “Evil Day Job” has essentially taken over the writing work and pushed it aside into the dirt. I still jot down at least a page a day, so writing is still getting done, but I’ve almost entirely abandoned my blog, my social media presence, and my association with other writers and readers.
This is not good.
So, now that the holiday season is over, now that things are quieting down, I am comfortable in my new position and ready for the next but waiting for something to open up, it’s time to get back to writing. Today, I’m making the decision to go back to posting every day (except weekends or days when I can’t borrow the roommate’s computer), interacting every day, perhaps even joining up on the next round of A Round of Words in 80 Days, because I miss it incredibly. I want to start sending stuff out and promoting whatever book decides to be next. I’ve really dropped the ball on this part of my life lately, and it’s time to pick it back up and get it rolling again.
That said, let me take a moment to ask whatever reading might still be hanging out: what do you want to see more of in this blog? Do you like hearing more about projects I’m working on? Cool things I find on the Intrawebz? More book reviews or author quotes or whatever else? I’m interested to see what you think!