No sooner had I posted one blog article than I started the next one. Or Next Several. I am writing a few extra articles to stay ahead of my planned schedule of posting once a month.
It will be easier to meet this self-imposed deadline without Facebook eating up my time, especially my writing time, since I unplugged it in January. For the most part. Except my writing groups. More about that later. Also, I found myself writing about unnecessary details in Depression, Writers' Group Conferences and Board Positions, and Blogging Again, so it got too long, and took too long to post.
In order to shorten the article and get it posted without more delay, I cut much of what I originally had to say and saved those notes in OneNote for future blog posts in which I could cover individual topics in more detail. I also now use OneNote to collect thoughts I would have otherwise put on Facebook, which I can then expand into fully developed blog articles.
When I first started getting treated for depression the doc put me on a higher dose of Prozac for 6 weeks, but with the side-affects I asked her to lower the dosage. After I got on the lower dosage the side-affects weren't so bad, and I was doing nicely and feeling better. I know it won't be an instantaneous change, but more long and gradual. Sometimes I still have bad days. Sometimes I still have really bad days.
About 2 months on the Prozac, about 2 weeks on the lower dose, I wanted to help at the conference. But when I saw that we had moved the location, I decided I needed more time to think about whether or not I wanted to drive that far to volunteer. Sometimes I still have bad days.
That was about the time Mindy called and asked me if I would be willing to come and try to help with doing the tech stuff at the conference. And to return to the board as the Tech Coordinator. And so I ended up agreeing to help at the conference, and to return to the board.
Agreeing to help, and being able to help can be two different things. I was extremely stressed getting to the conference, and several times on the way there I almost called Mindy and told her I wasn't going to be able to make it. Sometimes I still have really bad days. Hence my initial reluctance about volunteering when I saw the venue had moved. But we made it through without me walking out as I had done at our monthly meeting in October 2014. Sometimes I have really, really bad days.
Blogging isn't just about sitting down and doing the writing. There's also that little problem of developing a reader base, presenting a blog that people will want to read. So 3 days after starting this post I started updating the look of the blog, besides working on several additional articles for future posts.
Well, I guess that's it for now dear reader. I just hope I can keep up my planned monthly posting schedule, as this guy keeps staring out from my monitor,
if I don't write.
It's an effective incentive. So please excuse me for now. I have notes to turn into blog articles. And I have Spec Fic to write.