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WonderBat Powers, Activate! Form of an Internet Break!


So, Saturday and Sundays are my days “off,” whatever that means to someone who works for herself and never lets go of her laptop. Thus, I found myself unsure whether or not I still needed to do the Internet fast. Was that only for workdays? But I decided that I said, “a week,” thus I should take the whole week.

Here’s what I got done on my two days:

  • I took care of something that’s been plaguing me forever. A couple of years ago, I was ghost-writing and editing books for this fantastic design company. Along the way, we talked about my website (which I’d made via Homestead forever ago, and which basically needed a serious upgrade). We made a plan for them to update it — I loved the design they came up with, and still use it on my business cards to date. And then … nothing happened. At all. I stopped updating my website and focused on the blog, waiting for the revamp. And still nothing happened. So I kept waiting. But in the back of my mind, I know that it was time to give up and to just have my blog be my “main site” since that’s the way I use it anyway. But I couldn’t find the password for the company I’d bought my domain name from to redirect and on and on. Today, I sat down and tackled it. Thus, http://www.shannagermain.com now leads visitors directly to this site. Which makes me very happy. Check one long overdue thing off my list.
  • (I also peeked at a friend’s baby pictures on Facebook! Gah! She emailed to say they were on there. It’s cute friend and cute babeh! I could not resist.)
  • I finished the literary story that’s been plaguing me and sent it off to my first readers with a “This sucks, please help make it well!” plea.
  • I baked amazing coffee chocolate-chip brownies while dancing around the kitchen to music I haven’t listened to in at least six months. I cooked twice and I made Irish coffees with real whip cream.
  • I took a lot of walks. During one of those, I found a bat ring (photo above).
  • I read: finished Sex and the Seasoned Woman, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, more erotica, started Still Life with Crows, and worked on a few more.
  • I read a lot of poetry, thought about poetry, came up with an idea and title for a new poetry collection.
  • I scrubbed the bathroom and took a bubble bath while I read a book. I haven’t done that since Scotland, at the least.

This isn’t really different than what I would have done anyway, except that I did a lot more “book” reading, and a lot less web reading. I do feel less connected to my friends who are far away though, since I haven’t been keeping up-to-date on their blogs and whatnot.

Tomorrow it’s back to the no-net work schedule. We’ll see how it goes. I’m actually looking forward to getting lots done.

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.


“I have a saying. If you want to write for yourself, get a diary. If you want to write for a few friends, get a blog. But if you want to write for a lot of people, think about them a little bit. What do they like? What are their needs? A lot of people in this country go through their days numb. They need to be entertained. They need to feel something.” ~James Patterson, in a NYT essay.