A Writing Drought
The clouds in this photo teased me with the thought of possible rain. They look like storm clouds, but so far it hasn't rained and the clouds this morning are not as gray as when I took this photo last night. They promise more than they delivered.
So it is with my writing life this week. I'm in a writing drought. My head is full of ideas that should produce posts, but by the time I finish a new page on my website or a long blog and then do my shorter city daily photo blog, there's simply no energy left to post in other places. I now have four of my own blogs. I try to post to three of them once each week and one of them every day. In addition I'm trying to get one or two more website pages done at barbsbooks.com every week. On Tuesdays I need to post a review of some sort on Review This! -- a collaborative blog with other ex-lensmasters.
I don't always meet my posting goals. I would like to post here every two days, but sometimes I'm just not motivated to even transfer work here I've taken off that other site. It's not for lack of interest, but for lack of time and energy. I'm also taking a round of antibiotics for a bacterial infection in my neck. The pill schedule messes with my sleep schedule and when I can eat what, so my diet, supplements, and sleep time are all different since Tuesday. I'm always tired.
I had only one good writing day this week, and I used it for my website. I'm off the fun stuff there now. I am going back to more catalog-type pages that people used to search for on the former version of the site. I've lost traffic with the changes, and I need to get more content up to bring it back. I also need to redo the home page. When I get a few more pages up, it will be time to figure out how to get some Google Ads up. I have the account, but don't want to lose it by putting ads up before I have more content. I don't expect that I'll make many affiliate sales. I won't make as much as I would selling my own inventory, and I'm trying to figure out a way to do that when I have inventory Amazon doesn't. I'm hoping that I'll be more productive once I'm off these antibiotics.
I continue trying to get books out of here. Gave two boxes to Boys and Girls Club this week. Getting the books in the boxes was easy. Taking each book off my database and onto a donation list with the cost is what took the time -- almost an entire working day. Getting books to Goodwill doesn't require quite as much paperwork, since most of what I'm giving them isn't listed on a database yet. I've also gotten some laundry done. Regular chores like cooking and cleaning up still have to be done no matter how busy I am. . It's easier now that I have evicted the ants.
One of these days we may get around to going out to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary, which was a week ago Saturday. A lot of things happened that prevented celebrating that day, and we didn't want to go out on Father's Day. By Monday my infection needed medical intervention and I had to spend time on a doctor visit, and since I've been on the medication eating out would be wasted. Maybe we'll celebrate some time after July 4.
Meanwhile, I'll just do the best I can to be the best I can and leave the rest in God's hands. Maybe one of these days I'll retire from writing, too, and live in the real world again.
Image Credit » I took the photo.