I've been looking at my time management because suddenly I'm very busy. As I prepare for my book launch -- which is months away -- I've been preparing my web site, a media kit, business card, a book trailer and other items I'll want or need.
As part of this, I've decided to write a many short stories as I can and put them in collections. I've not done this before because short story writing is hard for me. Ironic. I can write a multi-book fantasy series, but short stories somehow elude me.
Well, not really. Short stories need to be focused and to the point and I prefer a wide canvas, showing the way life is, pleasant or not.
As part of my time management review, I've concluded that social media as it is now, it a waste of time. There is no way I can keep up and go to all the forums and sites I should and post something meaningful unless I give up a good portion of my writing. And some sites seem completely pointless. Foursquare comes to mind here. After using it for a few weeks, I just don't see the point.
To be effective, social media needs to be more organic, like breathing. I shouldn't have to think about it; if I blog it should automatically go to all the sites I want it to. Currently that's not true because Blogger doesn't interfere with Tumblr and Tumblr doesn't talk to Blogger. To get post on Goodreads, I had to set up a pull from the blog's RSS feed, when I would have preferred a push from here, the way Facebook and Twitter are set up.
So I'm going on a social media diet. Perhaps when this thing is like a Frankenstein's monster and all the pieces fit better together I'll do more. But right now I'm too busy writing and getting ready for the release of my first novel.