Getting back in harness after going on a trip always takes some adjusting of the straps for me. Whether it’s a book tour or vacation, sitting down to attack a “to do list” always gives me a touch of heartburn. Usually, the first task that appears is something I put off before I left–something I really didn’t want to do –and now have to face. It’s like opening one of those unmarked containers you’ve placed in the refrigerator weeks before; you know that opening it isn’t going to be pleasant, but you’re compelled to do it.
My first glance at the list puts five items on the top before I can return to what I love…writing! I have to remind myself that doing SSP is part of the reality of being an author. SSP is short for “Shameless Self Promotion.” There’s only one item I’d really like to avoid. Most are related to the “get ready” required for personal appearances and those are something I enjoy.
Well, my computer is telling me I’d better get to work, and like Dean Witter, when my computer talks, I know I’d better listen. That blooming machine has the mentality of a drill instructor and the heart of a IRS agent.