Baby oil makes a great suntan lotion!
Um, no. Not so much. At least not if you’re fish-belly white, and tend to burn if you walk between the house and mailbox without a hat on a sunny day. But, according to my best friend at the time (she of the gorgeous Coppertone-esque tan, even though she was blond too), baby oil with a few drops of iodine in it was the secret to her golden summer loveliness.
Huh. Turns out your skin has to have actual melanin in it for any kind of tanning product to work. (Not to be confused with melatonin. Trust me, you won’t get a good tan no matter how much of that stuff you take. But you will sleep reeeally well. Don’t ask me how I know this.)
If your skin lacks the requisite amount of pigment, and you apply liberal amounts of baby oil to it before you plant yourself under the blazing Texas sun for a few hours, you will burn. Badly. As in, your skin will blister, and eventually the top layer will peel off. Not a good look for anyone, especially me. Not to mention, holy crap! Yee-owch! (I’d post pictures of this, but some of you may be eating.)
(Hmm. Maybe that’s what the iodine is for — preventing infection when you inevitably blister your skin off.)
Best Advice I Ever Got:
Sounds simple, huh? And yet so tough to put into practice sometimes, especially when it comes to the writing biz.
Sadly, I don’t even remember where I first heard it, because it wasn’t until I was in the middle of the whole publication process that it really started to make sense. Once you finish your book, so much of the process is out of your control.
The agent search — sending out queries, and waiting (incessantly refreshing your email) for a nibble. Once you get a request, waiting for the golden offer among all the painful rejections.
After you have an agent — waiting revision suggestions, then waiting for your book to be sold.
After your book is sold — waiting for edits, waiting for your cover, waiting for your release date . . . well, you get the picture.
Lather, rinse, repeat for each new book. There is always going to be something to stress about. Always.
But what if I self-publish? you may be thinking. Well, all I can say is, you can put a book out there, but you can’t make people buy it. And even if you give it away, you can’t make them read it. So, yeah, the main part of the process–connecting with readers–is out of your control too. Sorry ’bout that.
So, what to do?
Only what you can. Or rather, only what you can. (Better emphasis, that.) The stuff that is in your control, like working on your next project, or polishing your blogging skills, or connecting with readers by visiting their blogs and making yourself known.
There’s always something you can do that’s better than juggling stressballz and spazzing out while you wait for the other people involved to do what they have to do.
My advice? Do it.
So tell me, what are your stressballz? Do you like to juggle them, or do ignore them while you get on with other things?
Also, did you fall for that baby oil load of crap like I did? Did it work for you? (Warning: if it gave you a gorgeous tan, I might have to hate you.)