This month marks the two-year anniversary since I started this blog, back in 2005.Â In two years, I’ve written 139 posts, which works out to an average of an entry every five days.Â Â With all the weeks I’ve spent on the road, I think that’s pretty good.Â When I began the blog, I wasn’t really sure what I’d write about.Â As it turned out, I’ve never been at a loss for topics — my only problem has been findingÂ theÂ time to do it.Â I also wasn’t quite clear about why IÂ should blog.Â Since then, I’ve realized thatÂ this blog isn’t about self-promotion.Â Â It’s not about selling more books or getting my name out there or making people like me.
It’s about catharsis.
Like most writers, I lead a pretty isolated life for most of the year.Â There are times when I get riled up about the business, or I learn some interesting publishing gossip, or I get asked a question about the writing process.Â And I want to talk to someone about it.Â Â Or I want to rant.Â Or I want to dish.
So I talk to you.Â And I thank you allÂ for listening. I don’t know if this sells any books, but it does make me feel better.Â You are all, collectively, my therapists.
Now I’m givingÂ you all a little vacation from playing psychiatrist. Â I have to leave for London and will be traveling for the next two weeks.Â First I have a book tour in the UK, promoting The Mephisto Club.Â (My UK readers can find my booksigning schedule on my “Author events” link.)Â Then I’ll be off to Florida for Bookmania on Hutchinson Island.Â I’ll blog all about it when I get back.
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