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September 28th, 2010 by Sasha White
Changes is good.

I know many people are afraid of change, or don’t like it. For so many months we’ve been hearing how the industry is changing, and the message feels like it’s full of gloom and doom. I hate it. The gloom and doom that is, not change.

Personally, I love change. It’s natural for all people and things to evolve, and it often helps me remember what’s important to me. Sort of like a mental spring cleaning. A few weeks back I made some changes in my life. Most of them stem from the realization that I’d become stagnant. No matter how many times I told myself I wanted to write more, I wanted to get in shape, I wanted to socialize more …it wasn’t happening.

It would be easy to blame it on working too much, or working crazy hours, or family obligations or a myriad of other things, but the truth was, I just wasn’t ready to make those changes. They were a surface desire, not a true desire.

Anyone who’s tried to quit smoking, lose weight, or yes, write a novel can tell you the same thing. You can do it, if you truly want to.

Very few things in life are free, and even fewer things are easy. The sooner you accept that, the easier things will become. No, they won’t become completely easy, just easier.

I had so many things on my ‘to do’ list that I stopped actually wanting to do many of them. Then, in August I went on a writing retreat, and did very little writing. However, I did a lot of thinking. It became clear to me that I’d finally slowed down enough to really think hard about what I wanted. Not what I thought I should want, or thought I should want to do, but what I really truly wanted to do. Then I went about making things happen.

The first thing was changing jobs. Yes, I make less money at the new job, some things are more important than money. I find it way too easy to get stuck in the mindset that money is all important. Fortunately, I often find ways to remind myself that while it’s needed for many things in life, it’s not the be-all, end-all of life.

So, I make less money, but I gain other things. I gain a regular schedule that allows me to exercise more, eat properly at more regular intervals (which helps with the health goals). That same regular schedule also allows me more time to pursue both my photography and my writing.

I’m feeling really good about the change, and to get things started I got the ball rolling on putting some of my previously published short stories up on Kindle. I want to see for myself just how good/bad, hard/complicated this self-publishing on Kindle is, and I’ll share my experiences with you here as they happen. Hopefully I’ll have my first release up by Mid October. With a couple more shortly after.

And along with those, I’ll continue to work on my new novel. The one I haven;t told you much about yet, and won’t until I get more into it, as it’s still in that stage where I’m afraid to jinx it. :oops:

The point to my rambling? Don’t be afraid of change. Be it in your life, your writing, or the publishing industry…it doesn’t matter. Embrace it, make it yours. Change is what you make of it.

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9 comments to “Changes is good.”

  1. Charlene Teglia
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     · September 28th, 2010 at 9:56 am · Link

    Change is good. It takes time to make changes, especially when you have a lot of areas that need changing, but the payoff is fantastic. I’ll be doing Kindle experiments, too. One of the things I realized not too long ago was that I wanted control and creative freedom and Kindle is one way to get that.



  2. Sasha White
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     · September 28th, 2010 at 11:00 am · Link

    Exactly/ I figure I have some of these stories sitting on my hard drive doing nothing, let’s see what I can do with them. I’m actually having fin with them. Plus, I’m, doing my own cover Art. I should probably focus on the writing, but I’m learning to accept that doing more things helps better my writing, even when it lessens the time I have to write.



  3. John Austin
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     · September 28th, 2010 at 4:17 pm · Link

    “The point to my rambling? Don’t be afraid of change. Be it in your life, your writing, or the publishing industry…it doesn’t matter. Embrace it, make it yours. Change is what you make of it.”

    I love this very advanced & wisdom-loaded attitude! You’re something, Girl…Keep up the good work that you do…



  4. Sasha White
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     · September 28th, 2010 at 8:20 pm · Link

    Thank You, John! I do believe attitude matters a lot. ;-)



  5. John Austin
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     · September 28th, 2010 at 9:09 pm · Link

    :grin: Yes indeed…In this life attitude is EVERYTHING!…And a positive outlook coupled with a good sense of humor is also good for your health and longevity…



  6. Andrew McKay
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     · September 28th, 2010 at 10:03 pm · Link

    Yes, change is good, but I just want people to realize collecting the old is still alright. I love owning books, and reading books, I can’t break into a kindle just yet.



  7. Frankie Robertson
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     · September 29th, 2010 at 6:04 pm · Link

    Thanks for writing this! In our busy, uber-connected lives it’s hard to slow down enough to get in touch with what’s going on inside. It’s also hard to buck the conventional wisdom (money is all), but doing so can pay off in wonderful and unexpected ways.



  8. Sasha White
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     · October 5th, 2010 at 3:20 am · Link

    I agree, Frankie. We just have to remind ourselves of that every now and then. ;-)



  9. Sasha White
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     · October 5th, 2010 at 3:22 am · Link

    For sure, it’s all right. The point wasn’t supposed to be all about Kindle, that was just sentence. The point is not to fear change. I know I for one will never give up on holding a book in my hands. I love that too. :smile:



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