I owe a lot of you e-mails. (I am owed a lot of e-mails, now that I think about it.) Isn't everyone overwhelmed, snowed under, treadmilling up to the nostrils in the stuff? Yet, so much of it really does matter. So many messages I sincerely do appreciate! Starting Monday, January 4, I will be responding to e-mail again in what I hope will be a more timely matter. Meanwhile, I will catch up as best I can. My personal guidelines for 2010:
---> E-mail checking once, max twice per day.
---> Answer e-mails from family and close friends first. Because they are first.
---> Remember: there are such things as vacations, weekends, and free evenings.
---> Be here now. This is not possible with a Blackberry.
---> Delete mass e-mailed jokes (sorry, but help me out here, OK?)
---> Ditto anything with an unsolicited attachment (people who send attached PDFs for their newsletters, etc, please use a link to the PDF on your website).
---> Always (unless it's totally spammy, i.e., from someone I don't know) send a thank you / congrats to anyone who announces a new book / show / anything that took time, know-how, and guts to share.
---> Send a real letter / note / curious postcard at least once a week.