I have a jam packed three days beginning today. This pantsing/plotter is off to hang out with her plotting chicas all day and hopefully build on the plot for my Christmas book the hubster and I have come up with. Saturday I’m spending the day in Marin at a signing with some buds, then dinner with my oldest daughter and her BF, and Sunday, I’m a gonna go to my GF’s launch party.
My life as a writer is not a quiet one where I sit at my desk and create characters and plots. I’m on the go more now then I have ever been. Not nearly the crazy schedule Deb follows, but I actually have mileage on three different airline carriers and have gold cards for a couple of nice chain hotels. I not only go to conference where sometimes I do a workshop, but I regularly sign, go to RWA meetings twice a month (two different chapters) and have attended my fair share of really nice launch parties.
I’m liking it. A lot. Of course I’m a social kind of girl. And so is hubby. So I’m very much in my element. I manage to organize my time enough to write when I should, and even play hooky but catch up when I need to. I have the support of my family, which is huge. I don’t have to fight for the right to write. Well, except for my cat who thinks my chair is his and gets vindictive when I toss him off of it. I bought him his own kitty bed. He attacked it. Then I bought him one of those kitty towers. He hates it. So, I broke down and gave him the Nike shoe box. He’s quite content to sleep curled up in it so long as it’s by my feet.
It’s the little things.
I take time for those things. I ignore the big drama. Lots going on this week. First there is the backlash of RT, and a supposed letter from the founder to a website, who according to the letter trashes certain publishers and their authors. I popped in to see what it was all about. I was bored less than half way through the letter, and the comments? My god, do people just not have anything letter to do than stir shit up?
Let’s see, what else. Oh, an RWA recognized e.publisher has been banded from National this year. Lot’s of people weighing in on what really happened. Apparently, private emails from the CEO or an editor meant only for their author’s eyes have been made public. Of course everyone has an opinion, and then there are the trolls who troll for fodder. Sigh.
If that isn’t enough to stir up the web, PM announced Simon and Schuster (one of my publishers) is now going to have written into to all trade fiction contracts they will own the copy write of the material in perpetuity. Great. Just what I want to hear. My agent is looking to it. I’m sure many are.
I think I have become comfortably numb. This stuff doesn’t phase me in the least. There are always conversations on the loops about romance not getting respect in the industry, or erotic romance authors not getting respect from inspirational authors, or category not getting respect from single title, or this e.publisher does this and that one does this, oh, my, and that New York publisher screws it’s authors. And this editor and that author are…
God it is tiresome. I have either gone no mail on my loops or I just auto delete. I visit only a couple of blogs on a regular basis.
I’m up to my eyeballs in the drama of the internet. Heck after the Anna Nicole overkill, I don’t watch any of those Hollywood tabloid shows. Too much, too often (although I was not happy to hear Paris got her 45 sentence cut in half).
I guess my pulling back is a natural reaction. Self preservation if you will. Too much of anything isn’t healthy.
So, what about you? What do you get overloaded with? And how do you deal with it?