Thursday, September 2, 2010

I am a bad blogger

At dinner tonight, my lovely wife very calmly (and very nicely) told me that I don't blog enough these days.

I beg your pardon?

I sputtered and told her how hard it is, now that I'm actually writing again. I mentioned that when I started this blog, I had already finished The Devil You Don't Know and was essentially wading through revisions and just generally screwing around. And then summer, well, summer was time spent with the kid. Great fun, I said.

She smiled and reiterated her point. You started the blog, she said, to stay connected with other writers. To build a platform for when you get published. And you're not doing a very good job, she said, smiling sweetly. That, and summer is over.

No one can rip someone a new asshole as sweetly as my lovely wife, the roller derby maniac. She's not called Genghis Mom for nothing.

I countered with the time-honored: "But every word I write in the blog is one less word in my book."

To which she counter-countered with: "Bull. You blog at night and write during the day. Nice try, and please pass the cottage cheese."

And so, here I am. Guiltily blogging instead of watching opening night of College Football (okay, that's not entirely true. It's on ESPN as we speak).

So. Um. How are you guys doing? Me? I'm doing fine. Writing hard each day. New book going well. Still scared that my first book isn't going to sell. Agents hate me. Blah blah blah.

And for the record, my wife is right. I need to blog more, because I need to stay in touch with you guys, who are out there writing and editing and querying and doing all of those solitary things that we writers do. I really do need to maintain this connection, which has nourished me for nearly a year now.

So I hereby promise to blog more often. Maybe three or four a week, including my usual Sunday Night Musings. And we are bringing back Movie Night! We have plans tomorrow night, so Saturday night will be Movie Night this week. I'll let you know what we're watching once we actually decide.

So. Hang in there, folks. I'm still here. I hope you are, too.


  1. See, this is why I swear by the Blogroll gadget on my sidebar. I never have to worry about anyone's schedules or worry that I will miss someone who has started blogging less often. I always see what is new from everyone on my list!

  2. I wouldn't worry about it too much Terry. Most readers and commenters took the summer off too. We're glad to have you back though!

    Today's guest blogger is Emilia Plater!

  3. i gotta say that i think your wife is super awesome!
    weilding kicking bottom mojo with a sweet smile and a sense of humor...

  4. Yeah, I was pretty MIA through the summer myself. It's good to see you getting back on the train. :-)

  5. Im glad your wife gave you the kick in the ass you needed!

    My mother and my two of my really close friends 'motivate' me to work on my book and to write blog posts. And when they see me 'slacking' they are the first to call me out on it!

    Recently I was reminded that summer is over too and that I needed to refocus! Which is exactly what I needed to hear!

  6. Hi Terry! :D

    Seriously, how did writers DO this before the internet??