This month I have a question for you all. I hope thinking about it will give you a chance to also be a bit (OK – a lot) more prepared than I was,
What would you do if you suddenly had to stop writing and marketing your books?
I’m sure many of you read that and thought, “Well that’s a silly question. I don’t plan on ever stopping writing and marketing my books.” Until a couple of weeks ago I would have thought the same thing, and then I had to stop writing and marketing.
As some of you are aware I am what is called an “incomplete paraplegic.” My wife says, “Typical man, never finishng anything he starts.” What that means is when I suffered a spinal cord injury in 1990, I was left with some residual mobility. I spent a few years in a wheelchair, and then learned how to “walk” on crutches clipped to my forearms. For the past five years I have been hoping for five more years of being out of a wheelchair. Over the last several months I have known that the time was drawing near. I focussed all my energy on going on a last walking vacation with my wife in March because she despirately needed the R&R.
On our way home I collapsed in the airplane. It turns out that had nothing to do with the paraplegia, and that I have another rather serious condition on top of that. I entered hospital when we got back home, and I have been there sinse. It took 10 days and just about every test in the book including ultrasounds (I’m not pregnant by the way, I just look that way), CT scans, X-rays, and enough blood tests to feed a family of vampires for a month. Thank goodness I live in Canada and there will be no bill waiting for me at the end of my stay. We finally got the diagnosis confirmed. It was totally unexpected, and I am still not processing it all that well. In the meantime, I stil have to prepare for the rest of my life in a wheelchair. I will be in hospital for the next several weeks learning all that.
As a result, I am not in a situation condusive to writing. There are constantly alarms and other distractions in the background, and it’s hard to maintain my train of thought for more than a few words at a time. I’m not able to manage my book marketing program from here, so I am seeing my sales dropping as well.
So, what would you do if you found yourself in this predicament? How would you handle it? It’s something I wish I had thought about before I ended up here. I am usually pretty good about planning for contingencies, but this one slipped through the cracks. As I often tell attendees at writer’s conferences, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” I’m eating my words now, for failing to plan for this.
I hope you will learn from my mistake.
I apologize if this is a bit disjointed and I have missed some punctuation etc. I made a commitment to DeeDee and you all that I would write something for the third Friday of every month, I did not want to let her or you down. As a result, I have written this on my smartphone with one finger. Autocorrect helped except when it tried to change ‘vacation’ to ‘Vatican!’
(D. D. here):
Okay, Y’All…It’s time to share with our superfab Gordon a bit of the kinds of humor he always makes us LOL with!
So, here’s something a wee bit different for The WG2E, but something I think will be a bit of great “therapy” for all of us…
Let’s keep Gordon full of smiles during his hospital stay and let him know how much we’re all there for him…cheering him on to getting to go home!!!
Let’s hear your best joke and or best smart ass something…and yep, naughty versions are allowed too…
I’ll start with one of my best Bitchy Signs…this one’s for you, Gordon…the best of well wishes to you, my friend:
Oh hell…I luuuvvv Gordon…so here’s another one for ya, my friend:
And I tell ya what else I’m gonna do…
All of you c’mon over to The WG2E’s Sister Site – The RG2E - this coming Sunday, and we’ll be Ebook Gifting (up to 50 copies) of your choice of Gordon Kirkland’s LMAO Books…let’s see if we can’t boost his sales a bit…
All of us here at The WG2E love you, Gordon, and are here for you!!! — D. D. Scott
Okay, WG2E-Land Peeps…let’s give our best jokes, humorous anecdotes and/or bitchy signs (just leave the links to the signs in our comments and I’ll start copy and pasting ‘em into our post)…