Okay, so today feels like the OFFICIAL beginning of 2009, if only because so many folks are back at work. Me, I’m mulling what exactly “back to work” means for me right now. Promoting Along for the Ride, certainly. Starting a new book….maybe. I’m always hesitant to begin something, because once I do I feel like I have to work on it DAILY or I’ve failed. Of course, having a toddler makes this sometimes impossible, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Discipline is KEY to writing, though. You can’t do one without the other. So as always, I am working to find the balance.

Speaking of time, and balance, I’ve been inspired by sarazarr to begin this new year with a flurry of organizing and attempts to manage my time better. She gave a very concise rundown about her presence on social networking sites, what she responds to and how long it takes her, etc, so I think I will do the same. Here’s the deal:

1. Email me at [email protected], and your email WILL be read, either by me or my assistant, Parker. All emails get an autoresponse, because if I wrote everyone back personally, I’d never get any writing done. Please don’t be mad about the autoresponse, and write nasty things to us. We’re really doing the best we possibly can, I promise.

2. Facebook: I check it at least once a day, and will add anyone who does not seem creepy. Messages on Facebook are read but it’s hard to respond to them all. Again: I’m sorry!

(This entry is turning into one long apology. Sorry about that. Oops, there I go again!)

3. Twitter I update at least once a day. Okay, maybe more. It’s a bit addictive. And only one sentence or so! What’s not to love?

4. MySpace is much like Facebook: checked daily, folks added, but messages are harder to respond to.

5. Goodreads I am a bit slack about, to be totally honest. I check it about once a week if I’m lucky. Maybe that can be another resolution for the new year?

6. This blog I update at least three times a week. All comments are read by ME over the course of the day. They are my prime source of entertainment, honestly. What would I do without you guys?

The bottom line is that it’s hard to please everyone, and I know some folks get frustrated when they don’t get a personal response, or as response as quickly as they’d like. But I have to say that the angry emails are minimal compared to the nice ones, and I thank everyone for their understanding.

So, yeah, 2009. So much to look forward to! A new book. Scrubs is coming back to ABC this week! (Hooray!) I’ve only watched three of the commentaries on my Freaks and Geeks box set, which means I still have, like, 27 to go! I have drawers and closets that need organizing, which makes me just so happy I think it’s almost pathological. I’m trying to start running again. (Slow and steady, and it seems to be working.) My daughter is saying “Mama” now, which tickles me to no end. I think I just may switch over to a Mac sometime in the next few months, although I’m a little nervous about the learning curve. All in all, a lot to look ahead to. Maybe I don’t need to start a new book?

Have a great day, everyone!

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