Monday Misc.

Islands

The digital age is an amazing thing. Anything you want to learn or know is literally at your fingertips. Waiting is a thing of the past, you can get information and news in moments and most items can be delivered in just a few days. We are no longer local, we are global!

But on the other hand, there are some distinct downsides to this global world. I am free to write behind the safety of a computer screen (This was great when I was younger, because I was terribly shy), but others feel safe to tear me down. We also lose a big chunk of our communication ability. Our brains are so incredibly complex, that we receive and process so many signals that we aren’t even aware of. Body language, vocal intonation, time, mood, etc. But cutting these out, we lose quite a bit of how we receive information.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all the advantages that technology has afforded us. But I don’t want to sugar coat it either. We are more alone now that we are more connected than ever. We have lost our human connection in favor of being constantly plugged in. And this has led to an array of other problems. For me, it has increased my stress exponentially as I try to keep pace with this fast moving world and to wear all the hats associated with Indie Publishing.

The truth is, I don’t know how to do all of the things that are necessary to publish successfully. Of the things that I do know, I am probably doing it wrong at least half the time. But we’ve been trained that failure is weakness, to cover it up and hide it away. And I refuse to live by these rules anymore.

Yes, I fail horribly some days. Most days, I have no idea what I’m doing. But you know what, each failure has made me stronger and helped me to learn. And there are people out there who are rocking the things that I’m failing. So I think it’s time to start reinstating the human connection, to let people know that yes I am human and imperfect, but I’m pretty fun to know and who knows, I might know something that will help you on your journey.

So let me know what you think about the digital age and the human connectedness/disconnect. Share something that you’re struggling with and something that you are totally rocking. Let’s give ourselves permission to be human and real again 🙂

Happy Monday

Monday Misc.

Where to Start?

I should’ve brought a map

So it’s Monday morning again, new week, new start. Ah, sometimes I am ever the optimist. What the situation truly is? It’s not even seven a.m. yet and I am most decidedly not a morning person. However, I made myself a promise that I was going to get up and get going, that I am going to follow through on all of my plans. I am sitting on my bed and I have a ginger kitty distracting me in my lap, begging for attention and cuddles while I try to concentrate. Forget typing, lol.

But I made myself a promise and I’m going to keep it. So I am up and I can somehow work around the needy feline (practice makes perfect, lol). However, I also promised you guys honesty. When I booted up my computer this morning and started running through my to-do list, I almost had a panic attack. I have so much to do, where do I even start?

Do I start by getting my cover art redone with my real name? But I want to make some changes to the books, some parts that I skimmed over before that I want to expound on, which will change the thickness of the book which in turn will change the dimensions of the art that I need.

So I should start with writing. After all, that’s what’s holding up the cover art and republication. That has it’s own set of difficulties. I really need to get editing my third book (I hate editing. I try to liken it to pruning a plant to make it healthier and more beautiful, but seriously, editing is one of the most painful processes for me). People have been really patient while waiting for me to get the third book out. But am I doing them a disservice by having substandard earlier editions out there? And what about book 4? I don’t want to have people wait forever for book 4 to come out, now that I’m getting my act together. Ok. Deep breath. Let’s put it aside for a minute and come back when I’m a little more awake and have my thoughts in better order.

Let’s start with social media. After all, if no one knows about my books, it doesn’t matter if they are great or not, because no one will be reading them. Oh yeah, I am still in the process of converting them over from Kat Seaholm. That’s all right, this I can do. Oh, I need to know my password? I’m sure I wrote it down…. somewhere. Ok, good. Don’t know what I was thinking when I made that password but I can post now. But what to post? I don’t want to come across as needy or overly aggressive. I want to be funny, but not flippant. And definitely NO politics. The world is crazy enough, I just want to make the world a better place, to give people a break from all the crazy.

And thus the hamster wheel of my crazy brain goes around and around. I will eventually find a way to break it into manageable chunks and find a way to move forward through the fear. Although at times I wish for a clear road map, I find so many unexpected gems on the journey that I could’ve never possible anticipated.

So what is going on in your life this week? What big goals/dreams are you trying to accomplish? And what do you do when you get overwhelmed by your to-do list?

Happy Monday Everyone!

Monday Misc.

Daylight Savings – Urgh!

As you may be able to tell, I am not a fan of daylight savings time. It is not good for us physically, emotionally, or mentally. Even though time is a fluid concept, something that humans have come up with to help us navigate this world, it is still vital. Our bodies are both incredibly sturdy and incredibly fragile. Throwing it off it’s rhythms by even an hour leads to weeks of fatigue and diminished performance.

Here’s an article about some health risks associated with Daylight Savings:

https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/ny-news-health-heart-attack-daylight-savings-time-24-percent-20190311-story.html

So what do you like or dislike about Daylight Savings Time?