I recently received a tweet from my friend @tarasheets, and it linked to her blog posting about PNWA’s upcoming conference. It reminded me that we’ll get to hang out with other writers, as well as agents and editors at the event in the third week of July.
It did, however point out a sobering fact. I haven’t blogged since last year. As Snagglepuss would say, “Heavens to Murgatroyd!”
I really do want to blog. I know that as a writer it’s important to blog. And I’m harboring a list of interesting and humorous topics sure to change peoples lives (uh huh) if I could just convince myself to blog. I just don’t see how the act of blogging fits into the hours of the day.
As it is, I wrote this posting while sitting at a Seattle Center restaurant after dinner (I didn’t even cook) wondering how to slide back into the online saddle. I was guessing I needed a clever and probably complex way to wedge the activity into my priorities. It’s just that I still need to find time to:
- Go wine tasting (I may prioritize this before eating)
- Volunteer with PNWA
- Pay bills – after they go to collections. No, not really. It’s just that it feels that way because I’d rather be writing.
- Sleep, often after wine tasting
- Wait, don’t I have a family somewhere in the US?
It’s a busy world. Plus, not to be obvious, but Winter is coming.
Contrary to what many social media experts claim, writing a blog posting isn’t always a quick process. At least, I don’t think so, not if you’re a “budding” writer. Maybe it’s just me, but I agonize over the choice of every word. I worry my ideas don’t seem good enough. I edit and edit and then, edit some more. And I’m convinced that I’m confusing my readers with an array of dizzying subjects (Hello readers, are you still there?). I certainly confuse myself sometimes.
I envy the kid in Chef (@Chefthefim), a satisfying movie that’s guaranteed to make you smile and expect nothing less than amazing food for dinner. Young Percy knew exactly what to post on Twitter. Plus, he could upload videos faster than his Dad could smash a Cuban sandwich between the jaws of a press. And Percy worked his social media magic all without looking at his phone. I wanna do that!
Bottom line, I guess if you’re a character in a movie or a book, maybe there’s time to go online.
Of course, I did find time to write this posting sitting around after dinner for thirty minutes, or so. It required some editing later on, and a second glass of wine might have been involved, but the solution wasn’t so complex.
Hmm…maybe it’s not as difficult as I’m making it? :)