Are Blogging And Writing Progress Mutually Exclusive? Update #2 From An AWOL Blogger

Six weeks into my blogging break. So much time, so little to say.

Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.

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Image credit: memegenerator

Another update from The Write Transition is in order. What you choose to do with it is up to you. But if you’d like to stick around, I’ll share some tidbits I have learned on my blogging hiatus, in no particular order and of no important relevance. Trust me on that.

  • I miss online interaction, which, for a Sheldon like me, is saying something.
  • Like a disjoint Euler diagram, blogging and writing progress are mutually exclusive. At least they might be for me.
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Image credit: mathgoodies.com

Case in point:

* Progress on first draft of novel between April and May: 12 chapters, 25,000 words
* Progress on first draft between June 1st  to now: 37 chapters, 90,000 words. This despite just having returned from a family vacation.

  • Thanks to persistence, anxiety, and a few M&Ms, I have completed my novel’s first draft on my self-imposed deadline. Woo hoo and dinosaur poo! Now for the editing and condensing, a task for which Type-A Carrie licks her lips and salivates.
  • When an author receives a 5-star review on Barnes & Noble and two 5-star reviews on Goodreads, it’s the 3-star reviews on Amazon in the same time frame he or she will ponder.
  • A mother is an endless source of ridicule for her teenage sons, especially when said boys are on summer break.
  • An introverted blogger is hesitant to admit she’s going to a writer’s conference in New York this week, because, as always, she prefers to keep to herself at conferences. On the other hand, this introverted blogger does not want to keep the tidbits and techniques she learns to herself. Dilemmas.
  • A smart mother sends her kids to summer camp. Bye-bye boys.
  • I still don’t understand Facebook.
  • Oldest teen son calls me Jiggles. I hope it is a misnomer.
  • When being named a finalist for a writing competition, it’s best not to have the guy who played Dr. Peter Benton on “ER” among your competition.

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My blogging hiatus continues.

Take care everyone!

192 Responses to “Are Blogging And Writing Progress Mutually Exclusive? Update #2 From An AWOL Blogger”

  1. Inion N. Mathair

    Long time no read…Sorry for the absence Carrie, but like you we’ve been concentrating on our book & finally published and now marketing it. And we’ve missed visiting our friends blogs, such as yours. First, off, let us be a good sport. (get a visual) as I’m sticking my tongue out at you, right now. Oops, wait, Inion’s joining me. Okay, the jealousy out of the way, I can say congrats on the competition. lol Finalizing in any writing competition is a great, great achievement. Because you know as well as we do, that competition is tight, in that their are millions of us (writers) sending in work, so that there is never a shortage of brilliant stories to choose from. So proud of you Carrie. And by the way, love the title to your story, if I’m reading it right. Seneca Scourge? There’s nothing better than getting positive feedback to one’s work and you so deserve it girl!! Enjoy your break, and once again congrats our friend!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks so much! I appreciate your support. Good luck with your book launch. I suspect your days ahead will be hectic but fun!

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  2. Zen A.

    I’m not on hiatus, so to say, but lately I’ve been so busy that I barely have time to blog or read blogs, so I might as well be on hiatus. I know what you mean about missing online interaction… =[

    That said, I’m glad things are going well for you! And congrats on being named a finalist! 😀

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  3. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Hi Carrie – came back here since comments are closed on the recent post. just wanted to say I really like your header pix. Very cool. Guess I hadn’t noticed it before.
    Hope you’re having a good time!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! I decided to finally put up a blog header a few weeks ago. It’s a bit amateurish, but I learn a little more each day (Windows Paint is much more restrictive than Photoshop, but I really don’t want to spend the money on that).

      I’m having a great summer. I’ve been away for two weeks, which was a good amount of time to let my first draft simmer. Now I start with the edits.

      Hope your summer is going well, too!

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      • jmmcdowell

        Have you tried Paintshop Photo Pro from Corel? That’s what I use for my graphics and even for some of my archaeological work. It may not do quite as much as Photoshop, but it does a heck of a lot more than Paint. And it’s a lot less expensive than Photoshop.

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  4. aFrankAngle

    An FYI: My wife got the book on my recommendation as she is the fiction reader …. and she enjoyed it very much!

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        • Carrie Rubin

          Ah, thank you. The publisher never promoted it for free, but they ran a 3-day, $0.99 promotion, which is pretty close. Sorry you missed it. 😦 I didn’t even know about this current contest until I saw it on Facebook this morning, otherwise I would have given you a heads up to try to save you some dough!

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  5. Christi

    Congrats on completing your first draft! And you must be edging up toward famous, too, in the same group with that ER actor. 😉 Looking forward to hearing about your writing conference experiences!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. I had such a good time at the conference. What a wealth of information at Thrillerfest, and lots of books and authors, too! I’ll post a blog update on it in August, just so that people know I’m still alive despite my long hiatus…

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    • Carrie Rubin

      And the weird thing is, as soon as they headed out to camp (my oldest is still gone), I missed their teasing and laughing. Such is the conundrum…

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Elyse

    A finalist! Congratulations!!!!! And congratulation getting your draft done too. I can’t wait to read it. I am sleeping far too well these days.

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