An update on everything:
In case you didn't notice, I've been on a lengthy break from Social Media. I haven't answered or even seen any messages, posts, or comments at all in over 4 weeks. So if you thought I might be ignoring you, I'm not :) <3 I'm just not on Facebook at the moment.
My reason for leaving:
Once upon a time, writers were solitary creatures that lurked in dark rooms with a dozen coffee cups drained on the desk around them. They would write until they could no longer see, then blink to refresh their eyes, and start all over again. If you're a writer, this is something you enjoy.
But, along came a Big Bad Time Consumer called Social media and us writers were told that, in order to get anywhere as an author, you had to be a Social Media Butterfly.
:/ But I can't fly!
Now, take an author, who as we said before is, by nature, a solitary creature, and put them in the limelight, make them socialise and spend an unbelievable amount of time talking to people all over the world, and they may enjoy this. I know I have come to enjoy talking with people and even making new friends. But, after a while, this solitary creature can get overwhelmed and may need to disconnect from this giant new world. It's not acceptable these days for a writer to be 'just a writer'. We need to be social, too. But, for me, being the quiet and kind-of shy person I am, well.... I got overwhelmed. I guess I am just human after all.
So, I went on a break. I wanted to tie my laces and don a daypack and go hiking up a mountain. But, I live in Western Australia, so we're short a few mountains, and I have 4 kids. Which means my 'break' or 'escape' is twenty-seconds going 'potty'. Lucky me.
A combination of a very busy online social life (which I loved, by the way), a big family, a kid that has many social issues and needs his mum, a little baby that is now crawling, and trying to write the most epic book ever, all built up around me until I felt like every good thing in my life was made of Bad. Some of you may remember from my previous posts that I'm also suffering Post Natal (or Postpartum) Depression.
But the break I've taken from everything, which included writing and social media, has resulted an ALMOST FINISHED "SILENCE"!!!!
Writing is sporadic for me right now, so I can't say it'll be finished this week or anything, but I can tell you I have ONE chapter left to write. That's right! One chapter.
I forced my husband to read the birth scene (where Ara has her baby), and it took him a while to shake it off. He was disturbed. But then, he is a man. Us girls know it's all just a part of the miracle of life. We push the kid out and get on with it, right? Or we have it cut out, same thing, different recovery time.
Anyhoo, this update is to say that I won't be back on social media until I'm either finished the book, or feeling social again.
And there was a person, I saw, that asked why I unfriended them on FB: I closed my AM Hudson account down (the one where you send a friend request), and opened an AM Hudson Author page that everyone can 'like'. It made it easier as the numbers started to grow. So I didn't actually unfriend anyone. I'd just never do that. It's just that I'm not using that account anymore--it doesn't exist.
I hope with all my heart that everyone has a safe and very, very happy Christmas, and I will see you all in the New Year, hopefully with a shiny, finished manuscript in my hand.