Human contact is vital to human health. You may be wearing a mask (and that’s okay), but make sure you are staying in contact with those dear to you.
I was honored with the experience of being on a Nebula Awards Conference panel yesterday. In Writing through the Pain, five authors discussed how to manage writing while having a chronic illness. It was eye-opening. I didn’t know there were timer caps for pill bottles. We talked about Done Lists to show progress, times when it’s okay not to write, little rewards, and having support.
The support of friends and/or family is important in achieving successful writing and happy living. Even in pain, the support of others can get us through. It keeps our connection with the world.
We talked about the feeling of being connected through social media. Reaching out and seeing what others are doing and saying makes us feel part of the world. Virtual writing groups were also discussed even a group of two or three authors that critique each other can make you feel connected.
I hadn’t seen anyone in SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.) in three years due to my illness and the pandemic. I missed them. By being on the panel, I felt reconnected. Normally I go to science fiction and fantasy conferences as well as romance ones, so I would see my writer friends. The act of writing is usually a solitary action. But being part of the world is vital to writing a living story and to happiness in general.
Being part of the world is vital to everyone, whether it’s seeing friends at a picnic, going to church, rejoining your knitting circle, going to the beach, or any event that you enjoy! Of course, do what makes you feel safe. Use video chat to talk to dear ones over a distance. I have used Facebook chat, Facetime, and Zoom.
Stay connected. People miss you too.
For those interested in the Nebula Conference and Awards, it is still going on and you can still register. Connie Willis and Neil Gaiman will be the hosts for the awards tonight at 5 pm Pacific Time. https://events.sfwa.org/
The Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. Visit the link above to get the links.
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA novels too.
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
More detailed descriptions for all my books are on https://susanhannifordcrowley.com or https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/e/B004YXOGXG
New Release: (sweet romance) EverWarm is available in Kindle and Paperback at Amazon.
New Release: (sweet romance) Lady Fallon’s Dragons is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Scribd, and a Paperback through BAM’s online store, paperback by ordering with Waterstones.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Paperback and Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) is available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) is available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 is available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 is available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords,