I know, I know, I never warned you guys that I was going away. And technically, I didn’t. I’ve just been that dangerous combination of busy and lazy that means I don’t do the things I don’t want to, because I can justify- barely- not doing it.
Want to know what’s kept me away from the keyboard?
Last year I joined both the Sisters in Crime and the subset group the Guppies- the Great Unpublished. At first I was completely overwhelmed. There was so much information flooding into my inbox that I couldn’t keep up. After a few weeks of just deleting every email in desperation- without reading a single line- I finally managed to get on top of the wave. I still get behind occasionally, but for the most part I’ve learned how to sieve for the useful stuff.
During my reading of the various conversations that come up in the SinC and Gup emails, I’ve noticed at a lot of advice revolves around which writing manuals to buy. That big picture up there is one of the most popular.