Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Sigh. (#IWSG February 2024)

I feel like a broken record, but I've been struggling to write lately. I want to, I really do, and I often try, but I never get much out. Life in general has just been a drudgery, from illnesses in the family to constant appointments for ongoing health issues to increasing pressure at work. Even when I get the time to do anything, I just don't have the energy. 

I started to revise Gale Harbour Book 3, which involved going back to read the first two books. You know how sometimes you go back and read something you wrote in the past and go, "Hey, this is pretty good?" Yeah, that didn't happen. I don't know if it's because I'm already depressed, but I did not look back on it with rose-tinted glasses. I am going to keep going, and it will push me to make the next book as good as possible, but it just feels like a mountain that I do not have the ability to climb right now.

Before I get too negative, let's get to the question of the month... which will probably also be negative. Sigh. It is an interesting one, but will likely cause some (hopefully positive) conversations.

February question: What turns you off when visiting an author's website/blog? 

I look forward to hearing everyone else's response on this, to learn things I shouldn't do with my website. I'm sure there LOTS of them.

If I have one pet peeve, it's pop-ups asking me to sign-up for a newsletter. I know, I know, newsletters are important blah, blah, I have my own mailing list, I get it. But asking me to sign-up for a mailing list before I even see anything about you is a big turn-off. If I'm interested enough in your work I will go sign up or buy a book, but I NEVER sign up for something that pops up in my face. It's just a stubborn principle. I refuse to buy anything from solicitors at my door, too (sorry, Girl Guides!).

Well, there's my gloom and grumpiness for this month. How's everyone else doing?

Hugs & kisses,

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PT Dilloway said...

Pop-ups in general are really annoying. I'm sure you'll push through this stuff soon. As a movie (and song in that movie) said it can't rain all the time.

Patricia JL said...

Pop up are annoying AF.
You have a lot on your plate right now, so I think you can cut yourself some slack. I know it's hard not to feel guilty doing this, but you can let your writing take a back seat. As long as you've backed everything up, it will be waiting for you when life knocks it off.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pop-ups is the winner today.
You've grown as a writer, so don't look back on older work so harshly. Just think, you know you're better now!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Many people have mentioned pop-ups. I'd encourage you not to be too hard on yourself about your writing. When you're dealing with family health issues and your own and work, it can be too much to add writing to your plate. You may need to relax more. The writing will be there once you've taken care of yourself and your family.

Loni Townsend said...

I experienced a similar feeling when I reread parts of my first big book. It's like... eek. People shouldn't read this. I hope you find your way out of your depression. I've been there, and it isn't fun.

And I agree, pop-ups are super annoying.

Deniz Bevan said...

I agree about pop-ups, mostly because I'm usually *already* subscribed, so it's annoying to be treated as a new visitor when I'm a recurring one!

Hope you find energy/motivation for writing again <3 Sometimes it lags, and it's always exciting when it returns. Some kind of collaborative writing event might be fun, if you can bring your characters to play somewhere. I've got an endless list of Never Have I Ever and Ask Me Anything prompts on a page on my blog, if prompts are helpful for you :-)

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