Every time I go to the IWSG blog, I find something I need or want to know. I love the resources. And I love having the chance to master some of my writing insecurities. Or illustrating insecurities. Or editing insecurities. I have plenty. So let’s get on with it.
Today’s insecurity is blogging overload. How bad can it be? I seem to take two steps back for every step forward. This year, I recruited two new blog partners after one left for Germany in December of last year. With five regular contributors, wouldn’t you think we could post at least every weekday?
Sure! That’s what I thought. Except “regular” contributions don’t happen.
One contributor seems to have disappeared for the summer, presumably into family activities. Vincent Noot (multi-talented author, illustrator, and multi-lingual editor!) went on a two month mission trip out of country, and when he gets back, he’ll be busy publishing his first children’s picture book along the lines of Where’s Waldo? but more family oriented. Angie Bodine doesn’t get reliable internet in Germany, so I can’t count on her posting. This summer, it’s mostly up to me and Paul R. Hewlett to fill our calendar. Not that hard, right? I bet most of you don’t have any blog partners and still manage fine.
Here’s the rub. Paul is in college full time, and I moved in February–to a budding-farm. We have chickens to care for and an orchard to establish before my hubby retires from his full-time job. We’re also in the middle of a handicap remodel on our house, and I’m blog designing to move to WordPress where I can protect my content. Rather than finishing late, I’m referring out most editing requests. And book reviews are fewer and farther between while the pile of requests threatens to topple over. In addition to working on turning my mom’s poem into a picture book, I’ve been working with an artist on fiverr to get this far with a new blog badge. Now I’m trying to find someone to add the space background and trace a valentine-shaped Heartland over most of the North American continent. That’s to go with my book about Earth One.
We’re so busy, it seems we’re snowed under in summer. On the plus side, I’ve had dreams about my middle grade SF. New scenes. That makes me want to get back to writing my own stories, not just reviewing books and editing for other writers. Thank goodness, Ken Rahmoeller stepped in to take an occasional book review even though he has his own blog to run. His support has kept me from going totally bonkers. But right now, I can’t find time to critique his chapter sent two weeks ago. And our blog calendar is mostly empty from next week onward. Yikes!
Should we go back to posting only three times a week? It seems a shame after less than two months of posting every weekday–and such a pile of review requests waiting. But that’s what will happen unless I receive a whole bunch of guest posts from children’s book authors. It would help even more if another reviewer joins us who can post reviews at least once a week and commit to stay at least six months. Did I mention we review books? Lots of books, all for children, from picture books up through YA. Not easy for Paul and me because we don’t have children still at home. So if you have young children or grandchildren who visit often, want to join our blog as a reviewer? And if you write for children, including tweens and teens through age eighteen, want to write a guest post?
Wait. Make that if you write clean fiction for any age. I plan to open my WordPress blog to all ages because I read every SF and fantasy book I could get my hands on when I was nine. I just wish someone had kept the “adult” material out of my hands. Not just sex. Yesterday, I wanted to barf when I read about a ten-year-old child getting cannibalized in a book I’m editing. My aversion to violence is another reason why my blog will always be family friendly. But I’d like to give the author good guidance. How do you feel about graphic violence in books? I’m talking detailed, eyeball gouging, sucking out brains, cannibalism. To me, it doesn’t seem as bad if the victim is evil or at least going that way. Should I advise the author to tone it down? At least for innocent children? Or am I too squeamish? Would it make you want to buy the book?
One last question. Should my tag line say “Written Art” instead of “Writing is art”?
Wow, that’s a lot of questions. Please answer as many as you have time for.
Now I’ve unloaded, what’s your insecurity? Or did you post how you solved one? Do tell!