We live in a world of words, all of us. These words fill our days with joy, sadness, boredom, and wisdom. Words can touch our souls or leave us bereft of hope. It all depends on timing, person talking (or writing), and person receiving the message. So much room for communication and confusion. In short, words mirror our lives.
So what then, is a good week for someone who loves to write? Believe it or not, it’s not the putting of words down in some semi-permanent state, but the goodness happens when soaking up the world through the words and thoughts of others.
Do you know Kate Lansing? She’s an aspiring writer and director of social media for Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America. Last week, I did a presentation on Author Platform, and Kate was fully engaged.
But I have a secret. I’m not the best with social media and particularly Twitter. I wrote to Kate and asked her how to get to 60 Tweets by March 31. “60 tweets is a great goal, and I think you can totally do it!” She gave me a link to her Miss Manners Twitter Dos and Don’ts blog post, and I’m excited to say I have upped my tweets–by one. Need to keep working on this one–apparently replies to others’ tweets don’t count. I think I need to learn more about stats.
Bad News From My Publisher
Last Thursday, I received word from my publisher: “After substantial reflection, analysis, and much heartache, Five Star Publishing has decided to stop acquiring titles just for its mystery line.” Whoa! Just like that? No hint this was coming? No, please send us your questions and we’ll start posting answers?
I’ve heard that publishing works this way. Not quite sure where I’ll go from here, but knowing that other authors, editors, agents and all sorts of people in the industry go through this, I believe there will be good things ahead. As my friend, Catherine Dilts, said, “I needed a little kick in the pants to move on to other projects and publishers.” Keep an eye on Catherine. She’s had another story published in Alfred Hitchcock magazine and is shopping for the right agent.
Me? This gave me the opportunity to buy Writer’s Digest’s latest “Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.” Love their articles and seeing 450 pages of opportunity knocking!
Interview With A Vietnam Vet
I see Al at Einsteins frequently. He and a group of retired police officers meet there for coffee a few times a week, and as I visit just about every day, after walking Prophet, we’ve become waiving acquaintances. But I wanted more information about what it was like in Vietnam because I want a couple of my characters to have experienced those war years. Al agreed to meet for lunch.
What a delight. I learned vocabulary, emotion, thought processes and more over fajitas and quesadillas with this generous man. I love research like this, and hope that it leads to better characters for you when the next book gets written and (hopefully) published.
Yes, for a writer, this has been a good week. So much to observe, learn, and listen to. Hoping your life is filled with such richness.
Wishing you a creative week.
COUNT DOWN OF 60’S
Facebook likes = from 0 on January 13 to 12 today. THANK YOU FRIENDS!
Tweets = from 0 on January 12 to 1 today–this obviously needs work on my part.
Reviews = 6 reviews on Amazon, still sitting at 6–0 reviews on Barnes & Noble–6 reviews on Goodreads (no change)–Do you know anybody who likes to read and write reviews?
Pages/word count=2,000 on January 13, now I have about 2,250 (oops! need to produce a lot more than this!)
Read 60 books by December 31= Still reading Miss Marple, but also read the manual for our new pressure cooker. Did you know that many of the things you’re cooking in conventional ovens can be done in a pressure cooker to save time and electricity? Pretty cool.
Birthday outfit=Took a quick peek at Nordstroms online and Brooks Brothers. No “just the thing” ideas yet, but I’m working on it :-).