I talk online a lot because I don't talk in person that much. Like, I hate talking on the phone, and while I do long for living closer to my friends so I can see their faces, actually talking out loud wears me down a lot faster than typing or texting does.
But see, the easiest way I've found to actually let people know what I'm doing with my life is to talk about my work. On the other hand, talking about things too much when they're still in process kills the spark.
Do you see the struggle?
But here's the thing: struggle is okay. I know that I'm an introvert in a world that values extraversion, and I have to Get Out There to get things done. In the past, I didn't know that I had to make allowances for time to rest after Getting Out There--I thought it was just how everyone is, that it's not easy for anyone, and people just didn't talk about that. And that's why I burned out so badly an sort of collapsed for two years when things went south with my life.
I know now that it's hard because it's not how I'm built. But I also know I can do it, that it's needed, and that if I really want to rebuilt my life on my own terms (I do!), I need to talk about things more. So I'm making an effort to be more forthcoming, and I'm making an effort to gently talk about the things I'm doing, and I'm learning how to find people who want to talk about the things I want to do!
So here's what I've been up to:
My latest novel, Beacon, wasn't working. I scrapped it, and replanned it, and made some pretty big changes to the story and the structure, so it's barely restarted--but it's going much better now.
I've also replanned Fix & Find, my Inkshares novel, and I'll be working on that in little pieces moving forward. I'll be replanning The Ember And The Sea and The Seaking's Daughter and The Sound Of Birds, Singing, and Fracture to various degrees, too--my writer's block has pushed everything back so far that everything needs to be refreshed and clarified to make it work now.
I've launched a Patreon page, but it's still a bit of a mess for now--I'm working that out as I go. You can see it at Patreon.com/SamanthaHolloway if you like! I'll be making and writing stuff and tweaking the levels as i figure out what works best to keep me moving!
I'm still reviewing tv for TVGeekArmy and ScreenCrimes, and I've recently been doing Aftershow videos with my friend Joy and various other nerdy peeps we know! You can see our videos at blab.im/pirategirljack, and soon on a dedicated YouTube channel and as podcasts...somewhere. Probably Soundcloud. I'll get back to you on that.
I'm slowly expanding what I offer in the Incidental Twin etsy shop, and I just reopened the CashewCreations shop--where I'll be posting printable worksheets and journaling stuff. There's some up already--CashewCreations.etsy.com--and more to come! And I'll have some freebies and things here periodically, too! Stay tuned!
That's what I've been up to. What've you guys been doing?