Why Facebook promotion is a waste of time, and how to make people love you by not doing it

http://www.horizoncourt.ca/the-horizon.php I enjoy wasting time on Facebook, and I like keeping in touch with my friends and family and other writers and Writer's associations and happenings around my section of the world, but I agree with this blog that endless self- promotion of yourself and your books as an author is totally annoying and a…

Self-Love, or geez, some writers need to get a sense of perspective!

Okay, writers out there - here's the thing. I KNOW we've all been told we have to develop our "platforms" and get known and be followed and all that such stuff, but we need to stop the self-adoration long enough to realize a few hard truths. 1. If you are self-published, make good and sure…

Settling, or, is it ever worth it?

An old and dear friend of mine just posted on Facebook an analysis of Pride and Prejudice by Joshua Rothman from the New Yorker. It discusses the choice by the plain and undesirable Charlotte to marry the offensive Mr. Collins. The author's perspective is that Charlotte was being extremely sensible, given the time in which…

Facebook birthdays

Opened up Facebook today to see that it is my cousin Mary Brown's birthday today. Nothing really surprising, except that my dear cousin is no longer with us - she passed away last year. It was horrific, her passing - a sudden onslaught of cancer, lack of ability to stop its inexorable progress, the loss…

Nanowriwon’t, or how my life conspires to prevent me from writing…

Okay, it’s morning. I’m awake, perky, eager for the writing demons to take over my head and heart and fingertips and maybe even help me type without the need for constant correction. It works best if I don’t look at what I’m typing, so I can’t see the wiggly red lines under everything. Why, oh…