It’s All Research

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I’m catching up again. It’s great to read everyone’s posts again and see what you’re all up to. I think I can dive back into work again now – I won’t say am going to and tempt fate – think is good for now. I’m actually quite a happy bunny today. My new puppy arrived yesterday, and she’s gorgeous.

Bella

It’s been way too long since I’ve scribbled a word. As you can probably tell by my absolute lack of anything at all interesting to say. The guilt has been the worst thing about not being able to do much on my computer for so long. I’m not sure if it’s just me or if all indie writers have this constant sense of having to be doing something constructive for every minute of every day of their waking life, or else you’re just letting everyone down.

It is quite a unique place – Indie World. I remember in the beginning having read that you have to be visible all the time, and instantly respond to everything that pops up or you’ll be dismissed as an amateur and forgotten about, but that isn’t the way I’ve found it to be. We’re all trying to do the same thing, and then we catch old Fate’s eyeball now and again, and have no choice but to leave our spots on the interweb growing cobwebs for a bit. When we tiptoe sheepishly back in to the room though, we find all our friends still there, and not giving us the cold shoulder after all. If life never insisted on our notice it wouldn’t be life at all, and we’d probably never have anything to write about either because all good has no depth. So maybe I’ll just call these bumps in the road research from now on – not absenteeism.

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29 thoughts on “It’s All Research

    cicampbell2013 said:
    April 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Sounds like a good idea.
    I’ve really missed you, dear Jo, but you don’t let anybody down by taking a break…not even yourself. We are all free to come and go as we please.
    I’m glad you feel better today and I hope you stay in that good place.
    Hugs x

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Christine – I didn’t take a break on purpose though – I enjoy myself with my online zooming so it’s not often something I want to get away from. It’s great to be back! Hope you’re doing well. 🙂 x

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    sknicholls said:
    April 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I have been sort of hiding out and lurking while I devote myself to more intensive writing. I pray my friends won’t abandon me while I am deep within myself. I don’t think they will. My husband has comment that, since I started writing, I am more introverted than they extrovert he used to know. He quickly says it is not a criticism, just an observation.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 5, 2014 at 2:02 am

      We’ll never abandon you! With some of us – me for sure! – being so focused on our inner worlds is the best kind of medicine. LOL – I like that observation. 😀 I’m sure that everyone around me is a lot calmer when I’m not eyeballing them. xxx

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    April 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Hey Jo – friends are always there even when you don’t see them – that’s what friends do – be there if and when you need them 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 5, 2014 at 1:59 am

      I always know my Furry is there though 🙂 Thank you for being such a rock Chris – you’re the BESTEST! 😀 xxx

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    gillswriting said:
    April 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Glad to have you back Jo and I love the puppy! I want one! Be happy xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 5, 2014 at 1:58 am

      Hi Gill – missed you, and it’s so wonderful to catch up on your posts – still in good old Africa. I reckon it’s in your bloodstream now – the old girl has gottcha. 🙂 Thanks my friend. HUGS xxxx

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        gillswriting said:
        April 5, 2014 at 4:36 am

        She certainly has! Our good friend Conrad told me she gets in your blood and now I know what he means in fact I am right now researching extending my visa for as long as I can!!! Be good, Be happy and Happy Writing. xxx

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          April 8, 2014 at 9:34 am

          That’s brilliant Gill! Your story grows and grows, and I love it! Hopefully your travels will bring you this way some time and we can have some great chats to lots of vino. Thank you my friend – I’m smiling now. HUGS XXXXXX 🙂

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    francisguenette said:
    April 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I’m so on board with everything you’re saying today, Jo. Balancing this Indie World life is quite the challenge. Maybe a puppy would help. Who knows. It’s all about perspective – puppies and grandkids and gardens (spring has definitely arrived in my world) tend to put Indie World exposure on social media in its place.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 5, 2014 at 1:56 am

      Hi Francis! Your garden is so gorgeous around that magical house you have. We’re off into winter now, and right now she’s sleeping on my foot – foot-warmer puppy. 🙂 😀 You’re so right – this time I think my lesson has been that my expectations of myself have been much higher than I thought they were of everyone else too. Hope you’re having a great week my friend. x

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    rachelcarrera said:
    April 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I like the way you think! 😉 Have a great weekend! 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 5, 2014 at 1:51 am

      Thanks Rachel! And you have a wonderful weekend and week too. 😀 x

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    marianallen said:
    April 4, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Oooo! Puppy puppy puppy puppy puppy! What kind? What’s her name? Does she like cats? How do the birds feel about her? Squeeeeee!

    Marian Allen, Author Lady
    Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 5, 2014 at 1:50 am

      Hiya gorgeous! She’s a labrador cross, and she’s Bella. She hasn’t spotted the cat cruiser guys outside yet because she’s a snooze fanatic. Beanie yells at her now and then, but the rest of the horde just checked her out and now ignore her. Going to have to watch them all the time for now, but they’re all mellow so far. She’s a cutie – a talker & grumbles and rumbles when you say anything to her. 🙂 xxxx

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    Forget the Viagra...Pass me a Carrot! said:
    April 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    Our lovely friend Jo Robinson has another muse – one that is soft and cuddly – Indie World is indeed unique as is DNA – it is where the storytelling gene is allowed free rein and we are not stifled by formula and trends. Fate does play a role in our visibility but so does developing sharing relationships with others in the same world and being supportive. Jo does that in style and we love her for it.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

      “..not stifled by formula and trends ..” Love it – falling out the box. 🙂 Thank you Sally my lovely friend! 🙂 XXXX

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    April 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    It’s good to have you back!
    And you now have a lovely puppy. Bella. How lovely.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Thank you lovely Cynthia! I’m not even feeling the email catch up pain – just loving the pleasure of being here. When you take a long forced step away from this writing life, you realise just how lucky you are to be part of it all, and how wonderful it all is with our circle of friends and fellow scribblers. 🙂 XXXX

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    Carol Balawyder said:
    April 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I was like you thinking that I had to be visible all the time and instantly respond to posts. First, I don’t think it’s necessary to be visible all the time…well, the blog is always visible but I don’t always have to be posting. As it is now I’m posting twice a week but will eventually cut down to once a week. I don’t think that I’ll lose followers because of that as long as I keep posting information they want to read – which is information I first and foremost want to learn.
    Also, commenting on everyone’s posts can be time consuming – especially with those bloggers who post every day. If I don’t always comment it doesn’t mean that I don’t like their post or their blog. Simply, that I was consumed with other things.

    Glad to see that you’re back. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Carol! You’re right about not losing followers. I’ve seen bloggers I follow disappear for months, and I’m always chuffed when they pop up again. I’m sure that not everyone thinks as I do, but if anyone wants to dump you for not frantically posting all the time and being all over the place, the that’s probably for the best, or we’ll all end up burnt to a frizzle. It’s wonderful to be back now – I really, really miss my friends when I can’t get online. I’m always amazed at how easy it is to actually make friends for life online. 🙂

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    Sherri said:
    April 7, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Oh Jo, it’s so good to have you back! You’ve really encouraged me with your post, it’s so good to know that if we have to go awol that everyone is still there, ready to greet and support us when we return, that we don’t have to be ‘on’ constantly. Sometimes we just can’t, with all that conspires against us, as you well know! Still, how great to see you here and as for your darling puppy, how cute is she? Just darling, that’s how! It’s been a while since we had a puppy, the last one was a black lab we got at 9 weeks and called Monty when the kids were young. Before that a cross lab/collie called Bonnie.
    You’re so right about ‘all good has no depth’. It’s just not real. Then you really know who your friends are.
    So happy to see that things are improving. Have a great week my lovely, no-longer-absent-but-we-understand-if-you-are-friend..phew!! Hugs and love and a snuffle for your beautiful puppy from me… 🙂 xxxxxxxxxx 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 🙂 🙂 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 😉

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 8, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Hello lovely Sherri! Maybe some of us are too sensitive – I’m always thinking that people are thinking I’m a tool. Some probably are LOL 😕 but I reckon most people are nice. I’m amazed at how sweet little Bella is – mostly – apart from hauling the rugs around, then peeing on them. You are as cool as you are because of all that you’ve dealt with I reckon, and that’s what makes you so kind to others also – because you really do get what they’re going through, and that’s what makes you the COOLEST in my book! HUGS and LOVES to you, and probably a sharp toothed chew on the ankle from Bella. I think that behind her twinkly eye are big plans. 😀 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 🙂

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        Sherri said:
        April 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

        Bella is a beautiful name, how darling! Yes, puppies do like to pee a lot don’t they? Haha! Ouch – I felt that little puppy nip, LOL 😉
        Ahh, you are too kind Jo. Really, I think the same, that people think I’m a tool – great expression that! – and always think that I must have done something wrong! I’m way too sensitive – got worse when I turned 50 (hormones I reckon, oh lovely those!).
        But you, why? You are definitely not one of those, you are wonderful and very genuine and I love that about you. It’s them others not you!!!
        Anyway, life does throw us some heavy stuff at times but no experience is ever wasted if it’s turned to help others, even if just being able to empathise.
        But, you’ve put a massive smile on my face knowing you think I’m cool, wow, that’s cool in itself! We can both be cool together!
        Lots of love & hugs to you dear friend and a big hug too for that lovely puppy of yours and watch out for those big plans 😉
        🙂 🙂 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 🙂 🙂 🙂

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          April 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

          Cool together we are! 🙂 Those hormones suck – now I’m thinking they should be blamed for every little thing I get up to. 😀 Seriously though – Flaxseed and Evening Primrose are brilliant for those. Isn’t it amazing how so many of of scribblers have similar thoughts and feelings – you are spot on – this trips and falls along the way make us able to really understand people. The benefits are now that we get to live a little more wisely and have wonderful kindred spirits like you as friends forever more. LOVE and HUGE HUGS to you! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ❤ 🙂

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    WeaverGrace said:
    May 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Life is more than writing…unfortunately, sometimes. Even when Life is full of the most fascinating and heart-warming episodes, I’m always glad to come back to my online friends. My, I’ve missed a lot of time here at your blog!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      It’s good to see you back to zooming around our old interweb! I’m glad to hear that life has been good though. 🙂

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