Changes 2021

 

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I don't do New Year's resolutions. New Year's resolutions and anything with the phrase "New You in 52" makes me want to throw stuff. January 1 is an arbitrary marker for changing things up, and I'll use it that way without any statement of resolution.

Regarding blog hops, I don't know how some of you people do it, but I become overwhelmed and feel like a failure. So I'm going to divide the "Big Four" into once a month stops rather than trying to do all of them weekly because I consistently fall flat on my face when I try to make weekly stops.

The first hop of the month will be MFRW Book Hooks. I'll publish the post and put it on the Linky list on Tuesday, as the list closes on Wednesday.

The second hop of the month will be MFRW Steam. I'll publish the post and put it on the Linky list on Monday as the hop is every second Tuesday.

The third hop of the month will be Weekend Writing Warriors. The post will be published and put on the Linky list on Saturday as the hop happens on Sunday.

The fourth hop of the month will be Snippet Sunday. This post will also be published Saturday and we'll go to the hop on Sunday.

By doing this, I should be able to consistently visit everyone on the list, comment, and share their posts on social media.

I'm continuing to work on my fantasy/sci-fi WIP, The Key of Eidolon, and hope to have it ready for publication by my birthday, February 15. I'm not one of those "never ask a lady her age" people. Fuck that noise. I'll be 56. Ageism is bullshit and needs to die.

After reading The Erotica Handbook by Emily Baker I've been inspired to try writing and publishing erotica shorts (around 3000 words each) again. If you've ever been interested in trying your hand at erotica, this book is a pretty good guide. If you buy it through the following link, I'll make a small commission.


I vehemently disagree with the author on the assertion that you need to write 2500 words a day or else. If you can do it and want to do it, more power to you. For me, that sort of daily word count goal is impractical and leads to burnout and shitty writing. It would be like NaNoWriMo every day which to me sounds like hell. No thank you. 

I write an approximately 3000-word segment for whatever WIP I'm working on every week and will now be writing an approximately 3000-word erotic short every week, plus I want to keep working on my poetry and other crafts. That is quite an ambitious enough undertaking for me.

A lot of people swear by newsletters, but I've never been able to pull the trigger on doing one consistently. I guess they can be effective, but I know that I have a bunch of newsletter subscriptions, and I never open them. I'm playing with the idea of doing a monthly zine featuring all the work I've done over the previous month, which can either be bought as a one-shot on LBRY or will be part of the $5 and up subscription tiers on BitPatron, Ko-Fi, and Patreon.

I'd love to see some income for my efforts in the coming year. 

It's now 5:30 A.M. and I still haven't slept. Even if I have no other friends, insomnia will always be with me.

~Cie~

3 comments:

  1. I do hope you find MUCH better friends than insomnia, who is a totally clingy, totally sucky beast.
    I have been up since just after 2 this morning and had a very busy day. I will go to bed shortly. I will go to sleep quite easily. How long I stay asleep is a whole new question.
    And yes, I also get overwhelmed and discouraged by myriads of blog hops.

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    1. With the smaller blog hops, I usually respond to at least the person in front of me on the list and promote their posts. With the "Big Four," there are a lot more people, and I get overwhelmed. I've stopped doing the craft blog hops entirely. It takes away from what I'd rather be doing, which is creating, and ends up making me feel like a bad person for not visiting everyone.
      I doubt at my stage of life and general level of misanthropy that I'll find a closer fiend than insomnia. Like ED (Eating Disorder) insomnia is a friend till the end. With friends like these, who needs enemas?

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  2. I hear you, Cie. I've been lagging all through December, trying to keep up. And I'm not even trying to do more than one. :-) Bless you fr doing that.

    What you're doing makes sense, especially if any part of participation makes you feel bad.

    As far as a resolution? I think I'll do great if I can set a few small goals for myself. lol

    Happy New Year!

    Hugs... :-)

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I try to get comments published as quickly as possible. I have ADHD and anxiety and sometimes I need to work myself up to be able to respond to comments. I don't always reply to comments on my blog, but I do try to visit as many people as possible when I participate in blog hops. I share your work on the monthly Roost Recommendations posts at ornerybookemporium.blogspot.com so others can discover your work. I do read and appreciate your comments.
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