Thursday, June 11, 2015

Shut it down! by Dora Hiers

I know, I know. I'm not Terri. lol. Hi everybody! Terri and I are swapping spots today. Look for her post on Thursday, June 25, and you got me today. :)

"Once upon a time..." in the Land of Nascarville lived a persistent writer who was enjoying happily ever after with her Prince Charming. She cranked out inspirational romances by day and dreamed of one day seeing her name on the cover of one of the many novels she blazed through in the evenings, sometimes two, three books a week with nary a blink.

Then, one day her dream came true. Oh, glorious day, that morning when she woke to find the email in her inbox. "We want your book!"

Suddenly, her workdays lingered into evenings. So immersed in learning the publishing lingo, diving into the world of social media, creating memes (what in heaven's name is a meme?), and writing blog posts, the books stacked up on her kindle with not so much as a sync to load.

She crawled through books at a snail's pace, dwindling to less than two books a month. Not so the list of books she wanted to read. Oh no, that list grew and grew, until it rivaled Jack's beanstalk. Many evenings the laptop replaced the kindle that used to perch on her thighs.

Items from her to-do list ricocheted in her head, refusing to shut down. Edits. Galleys. Memes. Social Media. Marketing. Publicity. Finding a home for her latest series, and ideas for the next, the characters crying out to come to life.

When she finally sank into her recliner most nights, she dusted off her kindle and caressed the cover, longing to fire it up, but a dozen items on that list jockeyed for position. Book? Blog post? Design a meme? Catch up on social media? So much to do, so much to do, but what to do first, and when?

She stole a glance at her prince, hoping for advice, but his head was bent over a laptop, too. :)

Does this hit home for you? In this age of constant connectivity with tablets and smartphones where immediate responses are expected, do you find it challenging to "shut it down?" Do you turn off the light in your office and lock the door or shut down the laptop and refuse to fire it back up until morning? And writers thrive on ideas. How do you turn off the "idea light bulb" for a time? Do you use a particular toggle to switch from "live streaming" to "on demand?" Leave a comment. I'd love to know!


May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; 
establish the work of our hands, yes, establish the work of our hands. ~Ps 90:17

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Still stinging from the publicity surrounding her father's death, social phobic Rori Harmon prefers the solitude of her animal sanctuary, accepting that marriage isn’t in her future. Racecar Driver Graham Decker refuses to be wrangled into a relationship by another money-hungry female. On a philanthropy mission, he arrives just in time to assist Rori with a llama birthing, but his appearance thrusts her into the media spotlight again. Has Graham found a woman who doesn't care how deep his wallet extends? Has Rori finally met a man who will stick around when times get tough? Is healing for a hurting heart finally within Rori's reach?

Dora Hiers is a multi-published author of Heart Racing, God-Gracing romances. She’s a member of RWA and her local chapter, Carolina Romance Writers. Connect with her on Seriously Write, her personal blogTwitterFacebook or Pinterest.

12 comments:

  1. I've been praying about yet another ongoing blogging opportunity. Your post put the final confirmation on my answer: "Thank you, but no." Thanks, Dora, for a timely post. Even the date changing on when it was posted. Someone was working there.

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    1. Delighted to be the vessel, Zoe. Sometimes we agonize over these opportunities, and it's nice to get a clear word. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. So timely, Dora. It can get overwhelming at times, and I think I do need to back off a bit on occasion before burnout sets in. Still, I see that long to-do list.

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    1. I hear ya, Sandy. Same here! Hubby and I were just discussing that very issue a couple days ago. I plan to reevaluate my activities over the next few weeks. Carve out a few afternoons for retail therapy (lol) or coffee with a friend. :)

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  3. Brilliant post, Dora. I have felt the need to slow down, cut back, concentrate on what's important to me and mine... And it sure isn't the endless promo. Taking a step back from it all and doing a lot more deep breathing and praying...Hugs and thanks!

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    1. I hear ya, Tanya. Think I'm heading to join you. :)

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  4. Oh, my goodness! I could have written the same thing! When did reading a book for fun become such a luxury? Even when I have time to read in the evening, my brain is so fried from being on the computer all day, I have to take a break from written words. So I end up in front of the TV. I have soooo many yummy books waiting for me on my Kindle. It's a sad thing ...

    However, I do take regular time out for a monthly lunch date with a friend and a monthly dinner date with two friends. And there's my weekly date with my grandson ... so I'm trying to find balance in other areas of my life.

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    1. Truly sad, isn't it? I intend to cut back on reviews and begin reading for pure pleasure again. Just the pressure of having a deadline date looming over my head for reading drains all the joy out of it at the moment.

      I've seen your Tuesdays with Ro pictures. An adorable smile like his is surely enough to make you forget all about your phone...except to snap his picture! lol

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  5. When my brain starts to go to mush, I used to struggle to continue writing. After several times of deleting the terrible stuff I wrote, I learned to shut it down! Now I have a nice cup of tea with a good book or walk my dog. Sometimes my brain recovers and I can write some more, most of the time it doesn't. That's OK!

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    1. A cup of tea and a walk with the dog sound wonderful, Sherry! I admire you for the self-discipline to set it down and walk away. :)

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  6. Dora, seems like our swap in dates was divinely appointed. I miss reading for fun! I feel like I can read or I can write. I need balance.

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    1. I don't know how you find time to pleasure read, Terri, working a full time job and writing in the off hours. Have you tried audio books?

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