I hate change. Which stinks since change is the one constant in this world. Well, change and the fact that I hate it. It seems as though every time I settle into a comfortable routine – or worse, an energetic, uplifting routine – something happens. I find a supportive group of writer friends to meet with and then the group starts falling apart. I find a coffee shop that’s the perfect place to write and it suddenly becomes popular.
It is enough to drive an anxiety-ridden girl like me crazy. And, since I’m one of those hypersensitive writers who need to stay in a calm center in order to create, change effects my writing too.
The change doesn’t have to be that drastic to push me over the edge either. The whole reason I’m going off on this rant is because the Boston Red Sox decided to blow up the team and trade my favorite player. Now I’m cranky because I don’t know who I’m supposed to root for every fifth pitching day. I actually had to turn off the radio because the news had me in such a tizzy. So, you can just imagine the state I’m in trying navigating the publishing industry where every blessed day brings along a new development.
As you know, last week I went to the RWA National Conference . You couldn’t have asked for a better conference. The workshops, the people, the networking – everything was empowering. Beneath all the excitement however, was the ever present sense of change. Everyone knew that the industry we live in this year will be completely different in 2015. Even Sylvia Day noted this in her wonderful keynote speech when she pointed out how different the world is today from a decade ago.
Being in publishing these days means running on a continual treadmill. If you don’t change with the industry, you can be left behind. You see it in the old-timers, the writers who are still longing for the return of the days before technology, marketing and social networking. Unfortunately, those days are gone forever. And, as much as I might miss them, they ain’t coming back any more than Jon Lester is re-signing with the Red Sox. Best I can do is find a new patch of stability, hang on, and hope that the next bout of changes isn’t too traumatic.
How about you? How do you feel about change? Like it? Hate it? Don’t care? How do you cope? Let me know!
The one change Barb Wallace is okay with is the release of a new story. Starting August 11, readers can enjoy her new serialized short story, The Millionaire’s Redemption, on Harlequin.com.
ETA: No sooner did I schedule this than the Red Sox traded ANOTHER player that I liked. I so hate change.