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A Change Would Do You Good

People don’t like change. I’m a people. Therefore, I don’t care for change, either.

But change I must.

Starting today, I will post on this blog three days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6am EST. I will still respond to comments, interact and read blogs as normal. I just won’t be posting seven days a week. June 20, 2010 was the last day that this blog did not have a new post or a newly-posted re-post, so this will be a very big change for me….and maybe for some of you.

I have a Very Big Deadline to hit. I’m excited. And petrified. I can walk 444-miles in 34 days. I’m capable of enticing my dad into a grand adventure before the clock strikes midnight.

Can I make that into a compelling story?

Time—sleepless, shifting, maddening time—will tell.

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I read a fun book on my walk.

dilettante

Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One by Helena Hann-Basquiat was a crazy, sophisticated romp through the world of all things dilettante, led by the ultimate cruise director, Helena herself. (And sometimes by Penny, her delightful niece.) The book turns pages by jumping around the history of your favorite dilettante, with hilarious outtakes to an appendix that is in itself wordsmithery. It’s a not-to-be-missed journey, darlings. A soundtrack of Life. A very fun romp (and I type that knowing I read the book when my feet felt like doing anything but romping.)

Buy this book. Read this book. Help this deserving writer find her place among the stars.

You can get the book at Amazon by clicking here: I’m a Darling, darling.

To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is available in paperback and e-book formats at these outlets: Click to Purchase To Live Forever.

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58 Comments Post a comment
  1. I try to write daily, Andra, but for one reason or another I miss a day or two here and there. Change is good, however, and you will find more time to do other things.

    April 21, 2014
    • All to do with writing, but other things. I’ll be interested to see how long I can adhere to this schedule, as I suspect I’ll want to post on days when I’ve said I’m not going to.

      April 21, 2014
  2. Good for you, Andra. I’ve “downsized”, too. With work, school, etc., I just don’t have time to blog every day. I miss it, but agonizing over it just makes more stress. I blog when I can and keep wishing I could do more.

    April 21, 2014
    • I don’t know how you do it, Donna. I’d still be stuck trying to figure out how to use that calculator. I may change things up again if I see that I’m making more progress toward the deadline. It’s a full, editable draft by May 29. Yikes!

      April 21, 2014
  3. You can do anything you set your mind to, and I will be the first in line to buy your next book.

    April 21, 2014

  4. Ch-ch-Changes
    Pretty soon you’re gonna get a little older
    Time may change me
    But I can’t trace time
    I said that time may change me
    But I can’t trace time

    April 21, 2014
    • There’s a good alternate book title in there (if I didn’t already have one.)

      April 21, 2014
  5. I’ll just say what I’ve been saying. You go!

    April 21, 2014
    • I hope the words will cooperate. I don’t doubt myself. It’s the words I worry about.

      April 21, 2014
  6. But how will I know how to start my day without your post? I think I can manage if it means you will be able to complete your book. Good luck.

    April 21, 2014
    • You can re-read the three per week that I put out. Or the library of them in the archives. 🙂 I could’ve resorted to reposts on the four days per week that I need to not be here, but I decided that was a cop-out.

      April 21, 2014
  7. Every chapter you have embarked on has begun with change! Forward unto the breach!

    Can’t wait to see what comes of more time to write longer form.

    April 21, 2014
    • The immediate payoff of blogging has always kept me from doing more long-form writing. Now that I know I have two books that are going to be published, though, with definitive publication dates, it’s good incentive to work on them.

      April 21, 2014
  8. That’s huge, Andra! Good for you! You know what you need to do!

    April 21, 2014
    • I’m terrified I won’t be able to do it, Linda, but I must, regardless.

      April 21, 2014
  9. Ooh . . . you should have a contest for the title of your new book!

    “Does Roy Shit In The Woods?”
    “How to Eat an Ice Cream Cone . . . One Handed!”
    “Nachos on the Natchez”

    April 21, 2014
    • Ha. I’ve already got a working title, though there will be a contest involved with the launch of the book. I’m very excited about the contest, almost as much as the book itself.

      April 21, 2014
  10. this sounds like a positive change. rather than seeing it as losing something, it is really a gain, and just a shift in how your time will be spent. best of luck with all, we’ll be watching ) beth

    April 21, 2014
  11. I also just decided to cut back to blogging twice a week: Mondays and Thursdays. I keep up with my daily reading, but needed to pull back from the pressure of writing 3-4 times a week. Funny how a job will actually encroach on blogging time. 🙂

    And I keep saying that one of these days I’m going to sit down and start to edit the first year stuff to create an eBook about the journey. I know it’s not as simple as compiling the blog posts for 2013 into a book format. I need to rework it – and that takes time. One of these days…

    Good luck with your new book! Can’t wait to read it.

    April 21, 2014
    • You really do have a book in that, Nancy. Once you pull it all down and start piecing it together, I bet you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make it all fit.

      April 21, 2014
      • I need to prioritize on that, and I haven’t. I’m thinking maybe it’ll happen during vacation. We’ll see.

        April 21, 2014
  12. The change feels a bit strange at first but after a short time you will come to accept it. At least that was how it was for me when I first changed the number of posts I did a week.

    April 21, 2014
    • Every time I feel like I miss it, I just need to write another chapter, do another scene. I hope that will bridge the gap quickly.

      April 21, 2014
  13. Of course you can do it! I’ll miss the daily updates, but you’re time management will also make mine just that little much easier. I’ve put Memoirs of a Dilettante on my “to read” list. We’ll see if I can get to it before the year’s out!

    April 21, 2014
    • If only my brain weren’t so fuggyfuggyfuggy today……….I never feel like I can do anything when I’m in that state. 🙂

      April 21, 2014
  14. Good for you Andra and I would think the priority is the book, not the blog.

    April 21, 2014
  15. Best of luck to you!

    April 21, 2014
    • I need luck to hit this deadline, Nate.

      April 21, 2014
      • I know what you mean. That sci-fi deadline you showed me back in January was simply impossible for what I could muster.

        April 21, 2014
  16. Change is always exciting! And of course, you can do this. Can’t wait to read your next book 🙂

    April 21, 2014
    • I can’t wait for it to be available, Laurence. That will mean it’s finished. Ha. 🙂

      April 21, 2014
  17. I have a deadline too. I’m already a month overdue. Too much going on. Time to reprioritize.

    April 21, 2014
  18. Good idea to introduce some moderation. Otherwise other projects tend to take too long.

    April 21, 2014
  19. I don’t think anyone will begrudge you some breathing room, Andra. Good luck!

    April 21, 2014
  20. I am always wondering how often I should blog. One a week too little? Every day too much? As you, I have other things I want to work on, plus having a full time job takes aware magic time. And I imagine if I ever get published the time/space continuum will change once again. I enjoy reading your writing no matter how much — or how little. Good luck with Change. I think I will try it, too.

    April 21, 2014
    • I’m blogging on my busiest days, if that helps you any, Claudia.

      April 21, 2014
  21. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the distinction between blogging and writing. I think that I’m a writer first and foremost, and that the blogging is the more difficult of the two for me. All that socializing is exhausting! Definitely spend your time working on what you deem most important. Your fans/followers/whatever won’t go away simply because you don’t say hi every day.
    Oh, great book, by the way. Odd, definitely nothing like I’ve ever seen before. But good. I may be biased.
    Thanks for the review!

    April 21, 2014
    • I hope it generates some sales, Helena. I really loved it.

      April 21, 2014
  22. “Life’s about changing, nothing ever stays the same.”

    Every time someone talks about a big change in his/her life, my mind immediately goes to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvHpZ_GEQYA The song was big at about the same time I had a huge change in my life; the line has stuck with me ever since.

    I’ll miss the daily blog posts, but anticipation for the larger payoff of TWO books in your production pipeline, and major excitement about what’s happening for you, will offset that. 🙂

    April 21, 2014
  23. Are you working on a new book then? Because that would be a pretty good move.

    April 21, 2014
    • Working on two, Rob. Memoir about the trip with Dad first. Sequel to TLF second.

      April 21, 2014
      • Two moves out — that’s what chess players call “development”.

        April 21, 2014
  24. tarakianwarrior #

    I’ll be here. 😀 I’m looking forward to reading your next book Andra. Also, I’ve gotten great feedback from the people that I’ve given your books too and I’ve encouraged them to give it a review. You go lady – I’ll be here checking on you – do what you need to do. 🙂

    April 21, 2014
  25. Good idea to refocus your energy. The best thing about a blog is that it is always there for you to use as you see fit. I look forward to reading your three posts per week.

    April 21, 2014
  26. Debbie #

    I will miss your daily posts as that is how I start my day! 🙂 You might have a deadline that is fast approaching, but I always feel I get more done under pressure. You will do this! I am so looking forward to the memoir about your trip with your Dad. I have a feeling I’m going to love it! So glad I could make it to the book signing! The cupcake was delish!

    April 21, 2014
  27. Book deal!!! yay YOU! Write on, my dear, words know no limit (unless you’re the editor ) ~

    April 21, 2014
  28. Best of luck with the deadline, Andra – onward and upward and wherever else we need to go to get things done. Hope you had a nice day yesterday. I was going to get an ice cream cone -then, thought of Roy, and, well . . .

    April 21, 2014
  29. I think this is such a realistic and reasonable goal, Andra. I am absolutely amazed you’ve been keeping your blogging schedule intact along with so many additions to your life and schedule. No one can really keep expanding without at some point exploding. We don’t want that. LOL! So you’re wise, and just keep your eyes on the things that most nourish you right now. Your deadline sounds important. ox

    April 24, 2014
  30. I can’t believe you have been posting daily since 2010! I knew you were devoted to your readers but WHOA! Smart move. 🙂

    April 24, 2014
  31. Hello Andra,
    I’ve explored your blog and really enjoy it. Will be spending more time doing so. If you are interested I’d like to extend an invitation to you to be a guest blogger on “Life in Russia”. I’ve had several writers create posts that have been very well received. It would be very interesting for our readership to read about your thoughts about your book and travels on the Natchez Trace. If you are interested please contact me through my about me section in the sidebar of “Life in Russia” blog. Hope to hear from you.
    Steve

    April 27, 2014

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