Or is it only me?
I'm an introvert, which I'm sure is a shock. Aren't most writers? That aspect of my personality worked well for me when all I did was write, but it's not so handy now that I have two books to hawk. I was "out there" for a few months. I did several talks for various local writers organizations, did a couple bookstore book signings, participated in an "authors fair," went to parties, got invited to hang out with established authors and did so, hoping their success might rub off on me...
I had a good time, mostly, and to the casual observer, I was Mr. Social for a while.
A while ended sometime in November. I hibernated in my office for a few months, doing what I like--writing--the way I like to--alone. Now winter is winding down, and I'm poking my head out again. I spoke at a writers' conference last weekend and had my first live interview this week. Technically, I guess the interview doesn't count as being social. I sat in my office and spoke into my phone, but I felt social. That's got to count for something, right?
That link will take you to the interview. It's a blog talk radio thing, and it was actually pretty fun. I had a good interviewer, which I'm sure is the secret to a good interview. Now I'm scheduling book signings for spring, getting some requests to speak at local meetings, thinking it's time to send out another newsletter, and actually looking around for ways to promote my books instead of shying away from them. Go figure.
Maybe I've grown. Or maybe I just needed a little hibernation period. Either way, the fresh air feels good, and I intend to enjoy it before I feel the need to hibernate again.