Time to step back and be a functioning human being again. Yes it’s June-my writing hiatus month. Writers tend to obsess and over-analyze. It makes us crazy. We hate and love it. Haha
But to keep from burning out (or turning into some bitter drunken reclusive cliché) I give myself a break from the writerly insanity for the entire months of June and December – the busiest months of my life. Sure you can’t escape interviews and reviews, but there is something to having time to remember what it’s like to just be a person instead of an author.
I try not to look back too much, and really love filling this time with lots of adventures that restore my energy and remind me that as much of a word addict as I am, there is more to life than the constraints of proper language use. (Let the slang flow – My 7 year old reprimanded me yesterday for “cussing like a sailor”)
You’d think it wouldn’t be an issue since I write children’s books, but that is not my only genre, nor does it mean I have the personality of a 5 year old. Okay, maybe SOMETIMES I am a giant child, but not always.
I was able to jump on the best last night AND clean up the apartment. Because growing up doesn’t mean you have to leave the fun behind. Tonight is all about Wonder Woman insanity and this weekend I’ll be signing books all day Saturday and Sunday at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic.
Taking time off of writing and editing doesn’t mean I’m not still working. Just taking more time to enjoy it. Book signings are often a bit self-congratulatory. They give you an ego boost when ya need it.
No matter how well my work does, I always want to do better. It sounds cool but can be crippling at times. Gotta push through, but also remember how far you’ve come.
So I’m going to take a moment.
Because my week old new release, “The Golden Rule,” hit #40 in its genre, has 10 5star reviews, and also won a Book of the Week honor. Not bad for a start.
Someone once told me I’m not a real writer because I write children’s books. Part of my nature is to enjoy proving people wrong when they doubt me. Maybe that’s why I push the spec fic and non-fiction pieces so hard. I’m constantly trying to show my worth.
But writing for children is the most rewarding aspect of being an author. They are the most accepting audience, and always hungry for more. (It’s getting through to the parents that can be trying). I don’t care what you write; if you polish your skills and work at making each story better than the last, I respect you as a writer. Anyone who goes through the hell of publishing and marketing gets even more props from me.
So if you’re a writer, author, reader, or a kid-at-heart, come share the love with me. I can’t wait to get out there tomorrow and just BE with my peops. (My peops are all people really)