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Email is both a blessing and an evil, evil burden. On the one hand, instant communication without having to talk to a person in-person. My introverted socially-axious heart loves it. On the other: So Much Email.
Running a business from the computer results in, quite frankly, a shit tonne of email. Everything needs an email to login, everything wants to send notifications to that email, and I get to manage it all coming from 100+ different sources.
Some of this email is critically important. Like a contract negotiation or news from my assistant.
But a lot of it is just information. Your friend on Facebook commented on your photo. You’ve been mentioned on twitter. Hey, newsletter! Hey, newsletter! HEY NEWSLETTER!
In the past year my email has grown outrageously impractical. I do my best to stay on top of it, since I use my inbox as a sort of to-do list, but sometimes it gets away from me and an afternoon of purging becomes necessary.
I’m reminded of a quote from Neil Gaiman at a commencement speech he once gave: “I woke up one day and I realized I was someone who professionally replied to email… and wrote as a hobby.”
This was me. Or it was going to be me shortly. In the past few weeks I’ve done something about it.
From newsletters, social updates, network updates, almost everything that hits my inbox this month is getting a very critical eye. Do I receive this information in another format (an app or text)? Do I regularly visit this site anyway? Do I never visit this site anyway? Can I reduce this to a weekly or monthly email? Do I even use this program anymore?
At the end of the year it wasn’t uncommon for me to wake up and have 20 emails waiting for my attention.
And let’s be honest, I still wake up and have 20 emails waiting for my attention, but now they’re more likely to be business related instead of my favorite twitch streams.
There was one newsletter in particular that I unsubscribed from today that prompted this update. Way back in 2009/2010, I’m not sure the exact date, I discovered an author who was teaching others how to go about finishing their first project and publishing it. She had an email newsletter that would go out every week and walk you through the process step by step.
She still offers this program, though now it’s a proper class subscription rather than an email drip campaign, but back then I signed up for the lessons and I took every one seriously. And at the end I submitted my first story to LT3 Press. And they accepted it.
This woman’s emails put me on the path to regular publication so many years ago, and I’ve opened and read every email she’s sent since then. But for the past year I’ve noticed I have a need for more advanced instruction/mentorship than what she provides and today I finally decided I’ve outgrown the lessons she’s offering.
They’re great lessons, I practically owe my backlist to her work, but I’ve moved on and she’s still focused on bringing brand new writers into the world of publishing. I guess I’m a success story, one of her many times the student surpassed the master.
It was a little bittersweet to unsub from that newsletter list, but I’m glad I could move on knowing more than I did before.
Title: Learning to Want
Author: Tami Veldura
Publisher: NineStar Press
Publication Date: 11/21/2016
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Khoram is an enforcer, a bodyguard, but his boss has just betrayed him. Now he’s stranded on a desert planet he’s never heard of, chained to the only other human around.
Atash grew up in the cracks of Dulia’s complex social structure, where dominance and submission are a man’s worth. He’s struggled for years on a lower caste but Khoram could be his ticket to a better life if they can find common ground.
Atash wants to teach Khoram the art of submitting by choice and maybe make a name for himself along the way. Khoram, however, isn’t here to play Atash’s political games. He’s going to escape, if his former employer doesn’t see him killed first.
About Tami Veldura
Tami Veldura is a reader, editor, and author of LGBT work. She’s a petite dragon who hordes purple things and prefers the title Mx. Track her down on twitter or find her books on Amazon and AllRomance. Bring your best pokemon and cat videos.
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