Last night, I opened up my as-yet unfinished manuscript of book five in the Tales of Telmaja series I'm working on, and discovered that it has been four months since I've even looked at it.
I could blame NaNoWriMo for being in November. December is never a good "finish your manuscript" month. But then--what month is? And given that I usually don't do the "Camp Nano" thing in April or June, what's my excuse, anyway?
I could blame the editing of book two, A Smijj of Adventure, which admittedly did take up most of December. And technically I haven't even finished yet--because I have yet to release the e-book version. There's been a technology change since the last time I released an e-book, so I'm still trying to figure out which way to go. But I also haven't made it a top priority, which is my own fault. (Thanks, by the way, to the four or five people who have asked for the e-book--your patience is appreciated.)
I could blame life and homeschooling and mothering generally. We've had more than our share of winter bugs this year (poor Bookgirl is battling another bad cold as I write this). We've had lots of busy weekends and busier weeks.
But the plain and simple truth is that to be a writer is to be a procrastinator.
Sure, there are a few exceptions. But most people I know who write, whether for a living or for a hobby, whether successfully or not, admit to being skilled at the art of Putting Writing Stuff Off for other pursuits. Sadly, some of those other pursuits also involve writing; I'm far from being alone in spending hours dabbling in blogging or other forms of non-fiction while leaving my fictional characters stranded in dire peril for months at a time.
All of this is a long way of saying that I need to get back to my books, and that blogging may be rather more sporadic than usual--and it has been sporadic of late, anyway--while I get my Telmaj back in order. And there's this other book involving mermaids and vampires that I really do need to finish, too...