I’m on a Writing Strike

When you work at home, the people in your life pawn off all of the errands on you. Even though my family is aware that I am not wasting time at the computer, everything is pretty much up to me, whether it has to do with taking someone in to the doctor/dentist, dealing with the accountant, helping my kids learn to drive, repairing vehicles/the house, dealing with the school, and on and on it goes. On top of this, I haven’t been up to full health, so I’ve been struggling to get to the computer anyway. I also deal with little things here and there with my books that have nothing to do with the actual writing part of things. I know I’m seriously behind on emails. I am just so swamped with everything else that I just can’t get to it. And it wasn’t like I was quick to answer emails in the past when I was doing good. So it’s even worse now.

In short, I am way too stressed and overwhelmed. The rising prices on things has not helped one single bit. I realize some of you are on fixed incomes, and I feel like I’m in the same boat because I can’t even save $100 in my savings account. I am the primary breadwinner in the family, and you’d think that would get my family to pitch in to help, but it doesn’t. I have spoken to my family at length on this, but it has done no good. I am left to the final resort, which is to go on strike with my writing. I think that is the only way they will realize how important my job is around here. They seem to think that it takes no effort to get these books out. I wish I could just snap my fingers and have books written up in a few days, but writing doesn’t work like that.

So I am going to stop writing. I’ll still upload books to Radish. That is my current full-time project. It takes a while to separate books out into episodes. I’ve been at this for a month and still have over half of my books to put over there. I’ll still engage online with people. I’ll still gather my tax info so I can meet with the accountant every quarter. But I’m not going to write.

I know the other flipside of the coin is that I just don’t take care of the house or meals. I tried that. That did not faze these people. They were fine living in a pig sty and living off of junk food. All that scenario did was stress me out even more. I need a clean house, and I need good meals. Those are necessary for my sanity. The only thing I haven’t tried yet is the writing strike.

I don’t know how long this will last. I already have Suitable for Marriage up on pre-order. At this point in time, that’s my last projected book to go out there. I have a couple of books on pre-order that I will just keep bumping back. I am thinking that when these people around here realize how much money won’t be coming in, they’ll finally step up to the plate. That’s my hope. All I know is that I can’t keep going on like this. I am going to end up running myself into the ground, and I’m sure that will do even more damage to my health. I love my family. Really I do. But sometimes you just got to say “enough”. And I’ve had enough.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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7 Responses to I’m on a Writing Strike

  1. Susan Layton says:

    You do what you have to do. While I love your stories, I know that your physical and mental health are much more important.

  2. I completely understand! I’m in the same boat except hubby is the primary in part I think because I never get the time to work on things…It is so frustrating!! I hope they come to their senses soon!

    • Knowing we’re in the same boat helps to ease some of the frustration. It’s hard when you can’t do the things you want because everything else demands your attention. *fingers crossed we won’t be in this state forever*

  3. Take care of yourself, Ruth. That’s what’s important.

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