Monday, January 24, 2011
Complain or Adapt?
Life is full of situations that require us to adapt. Kay and I kid that when we find a TV program we like, the networks take it off the air. When we discover a restaurant of which we're fond, it closes. But we adapt. We find new options. Sometimes adaptation takes the form of a work-around. Sometimes it means doing something entirely different. But we either spend our time complaining or we adapt. That's the way life is.
Writers argue back and forth about whether e-readers will eventually replace conventional books, and if they do, what that might do to contracts, royalties, and the opportunity to get published. I've learned that my arguing the subject won't change it. The Kindle was one of the most-given Christmas gifts this year, and the Nook wasn't far behind. And almost all those devices were given with one or more books already loaded onto them. To me, that seems good.
But good or bad, it does me no good to complain, argue, prophesy, or harangue. I'm just going to keep writing, and try to adapt to the changing marketplace as I go along. Surely it can't be any harder than adapting to a different car for two weeks.