Declare Your Independence

Hooray!  I’ve finally declared my independence from the high-priced internet provider that continually throttled down my access speed to less than 100kbps and then sent me notices that I was exceeding my monthly allocation of bandwidth.

I worried I wouldn’t find any other high-speed service in this rural area, so for longer than I should have, I struggled along with less than promised service.  Until the day came that I couldn’t take it any longer, and I revolted against their internet tyranny.

My new provider has set me up with an interface that actually works fast enough to download pages before the connection times out.  And now I’m chipping away at the backlogged tasks I was struggling to accomplish.

Because I was without any internet connection for over two weeks, I found another area to assert some independence.  Even though I worried constantly about the online tasks I couldn’t tackle, I enjoyed the moments of no connection to the rest of the world.  So I intend to plan more offline time into my life from now on.

Speaking of declaring independence, what can you free yourself from this holiday weekend?  Will it be self-doubt about your writing skills?  Will it be freedom from worry about how readers review your books?  Or maybe, you’ll take a few days to make changes to your schedule, freeing yourself from the excuse of “no time to write.”  And it really is time to free yourself from the fear of tackling revisions to your manuscript.

Those of you who don’t live in the United States, I urge you to celebrate anyway.  Whatever your bid for independence involves, I wish you the best and brightest results.

I promise to be back to my normal posting schedule soon.