Girls Write Out
Friday, November 04, 2005

I'm still in Phoenix with my daughter. I'm loving the time with her, but there's a problem: I can't connect my laptop to her cable modem. She has no wireless router. I'm seriously considering buying her one so when I come I can sit on the overstuffed couch in comfort and still get my fix. As it is now, I have to physically get up, set aside my laptop and come to Kara's office to check my email. That sucks!

How many of you out there are email junkies? I'm waving my hand high. I think we should form a group to help with our addiction. Okay maybe not. The first thing you have to do to overcome an addiction is WANT to kick the habit. I don't want to. Sad isn't it? Think of how many books I could get written if I wasn't checking my email constantly. When I'm on a tight deadline, I adjust Outlook to check every half an hour instead of every minute, but I find myself obsessing after about fifteen minutes and clicking over to see if anything has come.

What is the nature of this obsession? I've been pondering it a little this week, and here is what I've come up with: I'm a mom. I worry about my chicks. I mentor and mother some other writers and subconsciously I think if I don't "fix" things, my friends will suffer. Ridiculous isn't it? It's not like I'm advising on something earth-shattering. I'm talking about writing, for pete's sakes! The other thing is I adore hearing from my family at WestBow. What if one of them emails me with some exciting news or even just a "hi we love you" sort of email? I want to be accessible to them too. WestBow is a fabulous house, and I love my family there. My goal is to be the easiest author they work with. I want to get the emails from them as quickly as I can get them! The other thing is that writing is a lonely business. I'm lost in another world, one I'm creating, and my email anchors me back to real life. It gives me community right in the comfort of my own living room.

So on second thought, maybe I don't want to form a group to conquer my addiction. Email junkies of the world, unite! No more will we take slurs on our favorite pastime, no longer will we hide our heads in shame and mumble about how much time we spend on email. Spending time with friends is never wasted.
Colleen Coble  
posted at 12:33 PM  
  Comments (12)
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At 2:14 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Amen! Preach it sister!

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Steffany said...

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At 3:21 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

LOL...well, being as I'm one of those people who DO fill up your email box, I'm not complaining. And I have my Outlook set to check every minute as well, but I also have my yahoo linked so I get a crashing sound before it hits my Outlook, so I'm doubly warned! LOL Oh yeah, I LOVE this addiction!

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Chaos-Jamie said...

Right on, chickie! I'm pretty sure my addiction stems from feeling like I am "working" if I am in front of a computer, but I have friends in email that I've never spoken to. How do you say a social life is an addiction rather than a necessity?

At 6:07 PM, Blogger eileen said...

This IS the best. Having an online group of friends who share your common passion! Enjoy your time away, btw.

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

Oh I completely hear you. All my friends live in my computer. :)


At 11:05 PM, Blogger Rhonda Gibson said...

Waving my hand here! I'm addicted something aweful, but I love it!!

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Hey, you're so far away in Arizona!

I have an email addiction, too, but went on digest after conference. I know... CRAZY. Went cold turkey. I had the shakes for a few days, but I'm better now.

Love ya, Rachel

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I'm an e-mail addict. And we're FINALLY going to get cable again! So I'll be able to hop on without dialing. I also think the cable comes with e-mail so I'll be able to use Outlook again.
Yea! I missed using Outlook for mail. Don't get me wrong, yahoo's great for freebies but there's just something about an e-mail program.
Can't wait until I'm back among the techies again. It's been a long time coming.

At 5:15 PM, Blogger Green Gables Chick said...

You are preaching to the choir!

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Now let's all say it together...
"Hello, my name is Robin, and I'm an email junkie"

At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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