99. Only so many hours in the day

Thursday, July 14, 2005

There are only so many hours in each and everyday we live. There are things that need to be done each and every day. We need to sleep and eat. We all need to write, but it all depends on how many hours in the day we can devote to each and every single thing we want to do. Sometimes we do less of one thing to fit in something else we want to do. Sometimes we lose some sleep so we make sure it all gets done. A bad practice, but we've all done it. I happen to be insomniac, so 4am bedtimes is not something that is unusual for me. I am usually up somewhere between 11am and noon, and online most days by 1pm.

I happen to follow a good many blogs. If someone links a blog, I go check it out usually, and the most recent posts interest me, I'll go ahead and add it. This sometimes means I'm following way too many blogs. At one point this weekend, I looked at my bloglines feed count, and I had I think 116 if I remember correctly. no, those aren't all author blogs. They are news feeds and other sites I follow as well. So I decided on Sunday night, it was time to start cutting back. Little by little I started to do so. I'm now down to 77. About half of those are author blogs I think. I also follow some of the major news feeds for news articles so that I can post reviews and other news items to the sites I write for. Sometimes I can catch stuff before someone else does. I guess I'm playing a bit of the journalist now too. It's just another word for writer in the long run.

I do this with lists I'm on every so often. I join, and in a month if I find I'm reading I keep it. If that isn't the case, the list goes. There are really so many hours in the day. I have found 4 message boards I visit on a daily basis. Between those, email lists and blogs, I was beginning to wonder where I would find time to write. My fiction has been suffering, but I'm still writing. I'd truly be worried if I wasn't writing anything. I think my fiction writing my get a much needed kick in the ass next month though. I bit the bullet and I signed up for Evolunacy over at Evolution. 10,000 words of fiction is my goal for next month. i took a look at thing I'm working on and some submission calls that end in August and September, and I found a few that interest me. so I'll be using those to read my goal. When you break it down, it is only 333 words a day. I think I can honestly manage that. So we shall see what happens.

In my blog hopping today, I saw Shannon Stacey link to an entry written over on Squawk Radio. The post was made just over a week ago, so I'm surprised it hasn't made the rounds before now, or maybe it has and I just missed it. That is possible! The writer of the post talks about EC and erotica. At first upon reading the post and the attached comments I got angry, but I think afterward I just shook my head and moved on.

I think I'm just starting to become apathetic when it comes to those that don't write erotica and erotic romance and slam against it. Yes, the two are different. Some loop the two together, and that isn't the case. Erotica is more straight sex, and erotic romance has an underlying love story in which sex plays a major part. At least that is the way I see it. I think this might be one of those issues that people will always disagree on. People that write romance in other sub genres will always look at erotica and erotic romance differently.We can't stop them. We can't change their minds. We don't write for them either. We write for those reads that do read our genre. I don't write gay romance for the world because I know not everyone in the world will read it. I write it for those that do read it, and I won't let anyone stop me. There is no point in getting angry. All you are doing is wasting energy in which you can use to do something else. Like write!


chryscat said...

Nicely put, Gina.
And I agree wholeheartedly with your first sentence. I need a little help with time management my self. If I don't start my day with writing, then I have a real hard time picking up the torch later in the day.
Good going on the paring down of extracurricular activities.
And you couldn't be more right. We write for ourselves and our audience.

Silma said...

This whole thing between erotica and erotic romance and RWA is driving me nuts. I've come to a point that I'm ignoring every thread I read on it. There are too many things, and I'm just not interested any more. One writes what one must write and that's that. If it's good, people will buy it. Period.

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