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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Keeping Up with the Jones's

It's an old expression and one maybe some younger writers and readers don't know, but basically it's about trying to stay on an equal keel with your neighbors, your friends, your co-workers, your competitors. It's the station wagon to mini-van to SUV syndrome. It's trying to keep up with what's new, what's trendy and be in-the-know.

I find that true with writing too. There's so much out there on the internet, so many places to be, chats, blogs, and then of course, the writing itself. Am I writing the right kind of story, do I have enough books out this year, am I promoting them well enough? I wrote an article once on "Staying Sane in a Crazy Business" and I try to follow my own advice.

I keep telling myself there's only so much I can do. I don't want to be a prisoner to my computer, I spend enough time in front of the screen as it is. But, I WANT to do these things, mostly. And it's fun and often time entertaining. Just finding the time and shuffling the blogs/chats/classes and interviews with my daily writing schedule can be gruesome though, in a wonderful kind of way.

Today is a perfect example. Before I can sit down to write one word on my story, I will have blogged here, on the Desire Website (this is my week) and you can visit my pearls of wisdom at
Also, I did an interview with Cobblestone Author, Madison Chase that was loads of fun. I'm enjoying my new friends at Cobblestone. I want to thank her for a great interview. Check out her website, it's beautiful.

Later tonight, I'm doing a Desire Author Chat at I hope some of you will stop by for a quick hello and hear what the August authors have to say! It starts at 5PM West Coast time.

Well, that's it for today. My "Keeping Up with the Jones's" is keeping me very busy!


Madison Chase said...

Charlene, I want to read that article! I need it! :)

Charlene Sands said...

I'll post the article tomorrow. It's lengthy but I think worth the time.