Between the Boulder City project and shameless self-promotion, this weekend was a nice respite from all of the ideas and syllables I toss around regularly. But, Monday (hush, today is my Monday) arrives and it’s back to the taka-taka-taka of my keyboard.
Admittedly, I know very little about how some of these social-networking platforms function. While I’m familiar enough with Facebook (and had an ancient MySpace back in the day), that is about the extent of my network. Twitter always baffled me, Tumblr seemed more for fun than anything, and I don’t even know what other platforms people are using these days. Something about short video clips? -throws her hands up in exasperation-
I spent a few hours researching twitter the other day to attempt (yet again) to get an idea for how it all worked. Never has something made me feel so old as reading how the hashtag has transformed since I used to utilize it in old IRCs. That, coupled with the understanding that I had to actually Google something that people these days seem to use without a second thought, reminded me of my mother: “Oh! I get it! This is how you let someone know you’re talking to them!”
I must say, I am glad that I took the time to understand it all. Twitter, especially, has such a fantastic and supportive network for writers of all kinds. I have found more support in the strangers and fellow writers there than I have through some of my own friends. After working in competitive sales markets for so much of my life, it is incredibly refreshing to see the camaraderie in this peer network, and I hope I’m doing my part to be as supportive as some of my own followers have been.
The quest for peer review on my novel isn’t going as well as planned. I am still waiting for feedback from the friends and family who have already received a copy, each having their own (however, valid) excuses for why they haven’t gotten to it, yet. I’ve considered branching out to a less exclusive list, but for now am content to wait for as long as I can stand it. I still need to work on the cover design, anyway, so it’s fair to wait at least a little while longer before I do something desperate. In the meantime, I am finishing sorting through the last details for the second book of this series, and becoming acutely aware that (once the first is published) there will very soon be no going back to make room for changes. It’s both exciting and terrifying.
As for the children’s books, those will be (strangely enough) a more long-term project. Finding an illustrator that is both within my budget (which is not very large) and has an appealing style has proven nigh impossible. After some research, it became evident that publishing an illustrated book is a very expensive thing to do. While I could work on the designs myself, my art has some serious consistency issues that I feel would prove to be more frustrating than it would be worth. However this pans out, the stories themselves will be published. I just hope that I do not have to settle for art that I dislike, since I know that will hurt the sales and entertainment level.
As I say, the side-projects of my side-projects are my friends. I have another number of short stories and novel ideas brewing and in the works. I am very much the type who requires 9001 different projects to work on in order to accomplish anything. If I give too much attention to one thing, I end up trying to pack those thousands of ideas all into the same project. Clutter can be charming, but only in my head. On paper, it needs to look like it all made sense while I was thinking it.
Today’s rambling completed, I think coffee is in order. Lots and lots of coffee, and a little something to help my attention span. I hope you are all enjoying whatever bits you’ve been able to read. Thank you, again, to everyone who has given me even a sliver of support: every like, comment, and share (mostly shares) help. 🙂