In less than two weeks, it’ll be Christmas day.
We’ve got our place decorated. How about you?
See? Here’s Andréa, trimming the tree.
And here I am, pretending to stick a fake gift under the tree, for no purpose other than to take this photo.
At any rate, as the year draws to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to say the following:
#1 — I’M HEADED OFFLINE…
I’m signing out of social media and I’m deleting the apps from my phone.
For now, at least.
Well, I might stay signed in to Instagram, but that’s about it. I haven’t decided yet.
Let me just say that, I think, every so often, we need to take breaks from social media. We need to interrupt the cycle of being contactable at all hours. We need to put our phones down and engage with the world around us. And we sorely need respite from the bombardment of click bait, breaking news, and daily outrage.
Not to mention that we, as indie authors, need to take breaks from compulsively refreshing our sales dashboards, to see how many free and paid units we’ve moved for the day.
What? It’s just me who does that? Not a chance. All of us do it. It’s human nature.
It’s good for our mental health to take breaks. I sincerely believe that.
When, exactly, will I be back online? I’ve got no idea. January, most likely, but it could be February or, hell, even March. I’m not sure. But I’ll be back online at some point.
If, in the meantime, you need to reach me for some reason, I’ll still be checking email. You can also leave a comment below this post.
But, before I go offline, let me first say…
#2 — ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!
It’s been a wild year. Between fellow authors, readers, and reviewers, I’ve connected with so many new people.
To all who read and reviewed my work in 2018, you have my gratitude. You’ve played an important role in making this a very special year for me.
I’m wishing you and your family a beautiful holiday season, filled with love and laughter.
Merry Christmas — or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Diwali, or whatever it is you celebrate — and I look forward to reconnecting with you in 2019!