It’s been two weeks since I gave up social media. And I’ve never been happier. First, let’s talk about the some of the interesting side effects of not being plugged in all the time.
When you’re constantly checking social media, you know everything that’s going on in all your family and friends lives, and even some of your not-so-friends and mostly just random acquaintances lives, too. Before social media, my brain took it for granted that it would never know everything that’s going on. Not knowing gave it a lot more space for other stuff. But, after social media, the brains like, “Holy crap, I can know tons of stuff about all the people you care about. Let’s just jack into this 24/7, okay?” Sure, brain. Whatever you say.
Recently, I’ve made two challenges for myself:
The goal is to be able to get my head in the right place, devouring more words on the page and also setting aside time to write. Social media obviously can become an addictive time suck but I think it also gets my head in the wrong places and kills my productivity.
Already I’ve noticed a difference and a change in my thinking and my motivations. And over the course of the month, I’ll blog once in a while, detailing how it’s going over all.
The end result I’d like to see is an increase in productivity in both reading and writing.
I’m happy to announce that my science fiction novel, Of Song and Singularity, is now available on Kindle Unlimited. Allowing people to have access to thousands of titles, Kindle Unlimited is essentially Netflix for books. Voracious readers would find it the most enticing as they can read as much as they want. So, whether you’re already signed up or want to sign up for my book, it’s now easier than ever to access my books.
Of Song and Singularity is a young adult science fiction novel about Wrenna, a teenager living in a utopian world governed by an artificially intelligent being. But not all is truly right with her world and her cozy, luxurious lifestyle will be turned on its head before too long. In order to survive the vicious realities of her world, she must put her trust in her father and the people she meets along her journey. But ultimately she must put more trust in herself.
So, why bring it to Kindle Unlimited? Well, Kindle Unlimited provides a unique opportunity for authors to connect with their readers in a way they haven’t ever before. By giving Kindle Unlimited readers access to Of Song and Singularity, I’m able to provide this product to more readers and also able to give current readers access to it as well. It’s an all around win-win situation. I think Kindle Unlimited is just another great tool for authors to utilize and considering Amazon’s larger reader ecosystem, it felt like a no-brainer.
I wrote in the library this morning. Well, more like edited, but same thing, right? It was quieter than usual. Most days children swarm around the kid’s books making all kinds of noises while the adults goof around on the computers, doing pretty much anything other than reading. Libraries have become all things to all people, I guess. The books stare longingly at the children and adults who would much rather stare at an illuminated computer screen.
I’m one of those adults. Somedays I’ll go to the library to check out books or look at their “For Sale” section, but it’s rare. Whenever I’m in the mood to check out books, I usually take way too many than I actually need. The librarians probably think I’m crazy with the stack of books I run off with. And yes, I’ve racked up quite the fines in my day (mostly college), but I do better at returning them on time now.