Here we all are! (She looks around, frantically) What did I miss? What did I miss?
Thanks @shalonsims for getting us started over here.
There are definitely sacrifices being made, similar to you all: the house is in a frightful state; I don’t like all the time spent trying to build my audience instead of just interacting with readers; and trying to keep up with all the trends, tools, and changes in “the market” is exhausting. I’m willing to do it, but not happy about it.
In terms of outright sacrifice, I would say that my time with friends and keeping connected with friends, online, has suffered. I’m less social than I used to be, but I think that would have happened regardless; however, I find after spending hours writing and researching, I just don’t want to hop on social media to catch up with friends from different phases of my life and that’s not good. I also don’t want to change out of my comfy clothes and fix my hair to go out for drinks or coffee, lol.
I don’t feel like I missing out on life (although I totally understand your sentiment @MarilynAHepburn) because I’ve done a lot of living, but I do feel like I’m more disconnected from life than I should be. I actually daydream about becoming that reclusive writer with a little cottage on the beach somewhere and no outside temptation or obligation. Although, I’ve been around long enough to know be careful what you wish for, so perhaps it’s better if that didn’t happen.
Welcome @AndreaSVessman! I love slow burn romances so when I get some reading time, I’ll have to check out your books!