I'm finding one of the drawbacks of this blog is I have to do what I'm telling others to do, especially would-be authors. (Whether fiction or non-fiction.)
This morning the first draft of a national column came before any blogging. (The monthly column's on family. For it.)
I suspect "national column" can sound impressive unless you've been writing one for a while. My wife and I have been doing one for 20 years and I've had other national columns going back another 10. I won't say the thrill is gone (I still like seeing my name in print, whether in ink or on a screen) but . . . the honeymoon is over.