I spent a few hours this afternoon dismantling my mom's sadly dilapidated gazebo, the one I had to assemble last spring. It didn't last long. It might have, except that we had an unusually snowy winter and one particular snowfall weighted the gazebo roof down and collapsed it. I've been trying to keep it propped up and strapped together with duct tape ever since, but another strut broke this week and Mom wanted it taken apart.
So anyway, that's what I did. And while I worked, Mom and I discussed my writing career--specifically, how to kick it in the butt. Lately I've been really discouraged about how I seem to have stalled out.
It was a good conversation. One of the things Mom pointed out is that the energy you put into a project is the energy you get back in a different form. It's time that I ramp up my energy level--not just in the creative act of writing, but in the business of publishing too. I'm also going to make an effort to write some short fiction as well as continuing to work on novels. I found a fun webpage with lots of writing prompts on it that I plan to use for that. I'm also going to revamp the main page of my website, probably this weekend, and keep it updated as close to daily as possible.
And I'll be posting here more often, I hope, and being a little more likely to read and post on my friends' blogs. Because you guys are great!