One Writer’s Journey

August 2, 2017


Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:17 am
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Starting today, I am re-instituting an old policy.  I am going offline to work.

Because so much of my whammock-2239788_1920.jpgriting involves research, I generally have a search engine open. This means that Facebook is also open.  My computer lets me know when someone contact me via Facebook.  It let’s me know when I have an e-mail.  Not to be left out, my phone also gets in on the act.

That ends today.

This weekend, we made a run down to the lake.  I didn’t really intend to work but I was going to get caught up on e-mail.  Ping, ping, ping, ping.

But since I wasn’t working, I only had my phone.  I left my laptop at the house.  My phone would connect to the wifi but it wasn’t giving me all of my e-mail.  “You have 100 but I’m going to give you 27 new ones and then 40 marked unread that are allegedly from May.”

I turned my phone off.  Same thing.

I disconnected from the wifi.  Still goofy.

So instead of reading e-mail, I went to the range with the boys.  We drove to the next town to visit a sporting goods store.  I ate BBQ and really good Mexican food.  I stared at the sky.  I watched humming birds.  I started crocheting a bat (the flying kind). I didn’t even read.

It was awesome.  I felt so relaxed.

And when I got home it was all still there.  Sure some of it was two days old but no one seems to have suffered any ill effects.  Three days after getting home, I am still trying to get caught up.

But that’s okay.  I feel a lot more relaxed.

So today, as you read this, I’m typing away, working on a picture book draft for critique tonight.  This is draft 3 and it is going much smoother than 1 or 2.  In part, I think this is because I know where the story is going.

But I’m not discounting the fact that I’m offline.  If you need me, you’ll just have to wait until my lunch break.




November 3, 2016

Professionalism: Why It Might Be Best to Keep Some Things to Yourself

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:50 am
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filterWhen you’re a writer, you get to have all kinds of really interesting (wacky) conversations with people.  I can’t even count the number of people who either tell me that they plan to write a book some day or try to sell me an idea.  But the other day was completely new.

“So this book you’re working on, is it yours or is it one that you’re doing for your publisher?”

“You mean Abdo?  If so, Abdo.”

“Ugh.  They tell you what to write about.  How can you do that?  I could never write about something that wasn’t interesting.”

Fortunately, I was too surprised to respond.  I know there are people who think my books are boring.  I’m even related to some of them.  But they never say it to my face.  I just know them and I know what interests them and my books aren’t it.  Which is cool.  That’s why we need such variety to fit a variety of people.

But the problem is that the person I had this conversation with is a publicist.  And she’s offered to represent me.

Cricket.  Cricket.  Cricket.

Suffice it so say that if she wanted to work with me, she might have considered holding back just a little.  But I know writers who do much the same thing.  They rant about that wierd editor they met at a conference or that unprofessional agent, the one who was plastered at dinner.  And I don’t mean they are ranting to their critique groups. They rant on Facebook.  Or Twitter.  People, that’s basically like running through Time’s Square naked.  Post it online and it is no longer private.

If you want to make business connections out there in the writing world, there are some things that you really should not shout from the rooftops. They includes rants about editors, agents or publishers.  Don’t get into flame wars.

In short, act like the professional you want people to think that you are.  It really is in your own best interest.


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