The Errant Writer

By November 26, 2012 One Comment

Holy cow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted a word on my blog since May. Truth is, I went through an unusual phase of life, recuperating from surgery, awakening to the possibility that I might actually be mortal, and then seizing the day. Yes, I decided I would never turn down another possibility of having fun. As a result, since May, I have traveled to Canada to see Niagara Falls; to Tennessee to see Gatlinburg and Pidgeon Forge; to the beach (Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida) to spend ten days of listening to the surf, enjoying the sunrises over the ocean, walking on the beach, and braving the waves; and to Tallahassee, Florida, to attend a week of classes on a wide variety of subjects. I know, that’s a long sentence, but it’s my blog, and I can write poorly if I want, as long as I know better.

Anyway, with all the traveling, when I’m in town, I’ve been working twice as hard to keep up with my full-time book-editing business. As a result, things like blogs fell by the wayside. Also as a result of my inactivity on my blog, Google, which supports my blog site, shut me out of my site. It took me almost a week to get it all straightened out, so I could post again.

Lesson learned: Enjoy life, but keep up with the things you’ve promised, such as writing a blog for writers.

Before I went into surgery, knowing some people never get off the operating table alive, I did a few things all writers should do all the time: I made many backups to my files. In addition, I printed out my memoir, which has yet to find a publisher, so that it might be found by a relative after my demise and carry on without me. Thankfully I did wake up after surgery and recovered fully. I have since written more in my memoir and started another book, but at least I have that one printout of my memoir, should anything crash my computer, my external hard drive, my flash drive, and my Carbonite account on the Internet.

What have you done lately to ensure your data won’t get lost or corrupted?

What have you done lately just for fun?

What have you written lately?

These are questions I will ask myself regularly, for the rest of my life, which I hope continues for many, many more years.

I want to thank my blog subscribers for their patience while I traversed an odd time in life, and here’s to a fresher, more responsive blogging Bobbie!

Bobbie Christmas

Bobbie Christmas

Editor Bobbie Christmas is your book doctor. She can also be your mentor, ghostwriter, copywriter, and writing and publishing consultant. After spending decades writing and editing for a living, Bobbie became a much-sought-after seminar and workshop leader. She began Zebra Communications in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia, to provide professional editing services to publishers and to writers like you.

One Comment

  • Avatar Regina L. Santorsola says:

    I’m hooked! It’s two o’clock in the morning – the sandman didn’t find me – and I’m delightfully working through your website and your blogs, and even your LinkedIn page. Your straight-forward writing approach, coupled with candidness and humor, makes for easy, enjoyable reading, particularly at this hour. The November 26, 2012, blog inspired this note and a silent prayer that you are healthy and doing well and with the hope that you are still factoring in adventures to rejuvenate your spirit, soul, and body. Be Joyful!

    You’re probably wondering, “who is this person sending me a note in the middle of the night?” Well, my long-standing friend, Jamie Tingen, Tampa, Fl., who is a member of the FWA, made the introduction for garnering more research in my contemplation of beginning a proofreading career at the wonderful age of 74 – it’s never too late, to learn and to begin! I look forward to reading more of your writings as time goes on.

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