Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Miss Everything

Been busy.  Busy writing (!), busy living, busy working.

Social networking is awesome in a lot of ways.  I wouldn't have been able to meet or talk to some of the amazing people I've met.  Writing is this solitary thing but the Internet makes it less so.

And yet...

I wake up at around 7am.  I stand in front of my computer until around 9-9:30am.  That's my designated writing time.  The internet usually goes off, the music goes on, and I get down to the business of making shit up.

Then I go to work.  I have a 30 minute commute I reserve for audio books and thinking about the projects I'm working on.  In my day job life, I'm an IT wonk.  I sit in front of a computer, building databases and fixing computer problems until about 7pm.  Then I commute home.

When my favorite person in the world is home, we spend a couple of hours together, chilling out, reading.  That time together is almost as sacred as my writing time.

When he's not home, I catch up on house chores, catch up on reading, catch up on TV shows that he hates.

Sometimes I go to the gym, but not often enough.  Sometimes I hang out with friends, but not often enough.

If I have time, I blog.  Tweet.  Post to Facebook.

It's not that I hate social networking, it's just that a year ago, I was living alone, hated my job, and had too much free time on my hands.

That free time has evaporated.  Between my home life, my new job responsibilities (which are awesome but huge), and the writing...I'm not sure where social networking fits in.  I feel like a slacker for not being on.  Social networking is supposed to be a conversation, not just people shouting into the void, but that's how I feel lately.  I talk, people talk back, but I'm dragged away before I get a chance to hold up my end of the bargain.

So how do you all balance it all?  How does social networking fit into your life?

1 comment:

  1. Hmm. It's tough. I spend almost as much time blogging and reading blogs as I do writing each day, which is probably too much, but I can't help it.

    I don't know any writers in real life, and the connections I've made through blogging and social network have changed my writing career dramatically.

    But in the end, I think, as long as you stay in touch at least a little, you don't have to kill yourself with keeping up.


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