About Me, About Writing

Whining

The air conditioner broke. ‘Tis the season of dead appliances, apparently…

And the weather forecast is promising a heat wave for the next few days. This matters because we have to order the part in for repair. Ha ha.

It might be better for me to spend the afternoons out on the patio, where I can turn on the misters to cool down. I have terrible heat tolerance.

Anyway, that’s enough whining for now.

Actually, no, it isn’t!

I don’t have any sort of aptitude for marketing. In fact, it’s such a foreign way of thinking for me, that it leaves me so drained and cranky that I end up completely nonfunctional for the rest of the day, then lose all ability to “follow through” afterwards.

I made some queries about how to effectively advertise over the past couple of days, and currently I have e-mails sitting in my inbox that I just don’t have the energy to open. I badly want to retreat to the kitchen to bake something sugary, and forget about the whole subject.

So I’m going to pull back for now. I learned one important lesson about Kindle keywords (use phrases instead of words) that will henceforth be applied to everything I publish, but I’m not going to sacrifice my soul for this. Heck, part of my long term “marketing” strategy was to publish a novel every year, and that ain’t gonna happen if I kill my creative energy.

Not to mention, no one enjoys a cranky mama.

I’ll probably make no-bake cookies to avoid turning on the oven while the air conditioner is broken. Seems prudent.

Anyway, I haven’t finished polishing up Alice and the Warden for official publication yet, and I particularly wanted to fix up the final few chapters where I was *obviously* fatigued when I wrote them.

And I’m working on The Scion Suit MULTIVERSE edition, lol.

I need to stick with what works for me emotionally, since I’m kind of a finicky hyper-sensitive sort that burns out easily. Patience is a virtue, and all that.

2 thoughts on “Whining”

  1. I completely understand how you feel! Marketing is exhausting to me, so more often than not I simply focus on getting to know people because that’s more important, in my book, anyway. It’s slow in the marketing scheme of things but instead of draining me, I enjoy the connection with others.

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    1. I can’t remember where I read this, but there was a mathematical analysis of musicians that revealed that instantly hitting it big actually hurts long term success — the “one hit wonder” phenomenon is real!

      I think this holds true for writers as well, which is why Stephen King is far more ingrained than Stephenie Meyer.

      Anyway, the “slow but steady” approach is the best to take for someone like me with long term goals, but sometimes it’s emotionally hard to see entrepreneurs utilizing the writing industry for $$$ when I know that I’m putting more love into the craft itself — I just don’t have the mental capability to imitate what they do.

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