When I woke up at 5 AM, worried about how much I had to do, and how tired I was (and I wasn’t even out of bed yet, and hadn’t planned on being until 7:15), I realized I’m doing too much. And when I thought about how tired I was, I realized that some of it’s information overload.
I’m a media junkie—I admit it, but there’s such a thing as too much. Too many news stories, too many Buzzfeed quizzes, way too much Twitter, way too much checking FB…too much too much too much on top of my work. I had it under control for awhile, and was very proud of myself, but it’s slipped again.
I admit it, Twitter’s been fun and I’ve met a lot of cool people there. It’s often been said it’s the writer’s water cooler. But you know what? Hang around the water cooler too much and work suffers. Only instead of not getting done, I just add hours to the day. And I’m slipping back into that and it’s not good for me.
I’m in the midst of a mega headache here, and tired, and just…feeling a bit worn out by all the bad news in the world—which is affecting my moods—I am saying enough. I’m tired of, every time I turn around, being hit by yet another stupid (political/social/whatever) move by somebody that makes me want to rant. I’m tired of feeling like I have to speak out on everything or I’ll seem like a jerk. I’m not tired of caring, I’m tired of…over caring. Which leads to over sharing in many cases.
So I’m taking a step back. And this time, in a more definitive way. I’ve decided it’s time to turn Twitter into a professional account. The blog links and announcements will go there, but I won’t be around unless there’s a very special reason. I really enjoy interacting with a lot of peeps there, believe me. I’ll miss some of you guys, but I just need to not overload myself and I have a feeling a lot more of my actual readers are on Facebook.
As for Facebook? I’ll be on my author page a bit more (please don’t try to friend me on my private profile—I don’t accept anybody who isn’t a close family member or close friend, and I don’t answer messages sent through it—I never bother looking there). My assistant Jenn will still be answering the more basic questions there, but I’ll be around. HOWEVER…I won’t be putting all updates there because not enough people actually see them.
Mostly, I’ll be blogging and focusing on my monthly newsletter. I suggest keeping an eye on both to keep up to date with all the news—and there’s going to be quite a bit of it this year. I’m going to start including a few more goodies on the newsletter for you guys—always will have a recipe or anecdote or maybe a serial short story there that you can’t get anywhere else, along with all updates.
So yah… days I’ll work and occasionally check my FB. Evenings? I want to spend on reading and playing with the cats and talking to Sam and watching movies, rather than in hanging out online. I need the down time. And I know you understand. 🙂
Meanwhile, here’s a picture of Apple. Because he’s a cute l’il boy.