Showing posts from May, 2013

My Musings on Social Networking

I haven't blogged in awhile.  I've been busy with social networking.  I've been managing my other blog, .  I've been busy promoting my newest release, Upon Your Return .  I even ran an official print release event on Facebook for it.  All of this, of course, with a side job.   So this may come as no surprise to any of you if I say...well, I'm exhausted.  LOL. I have a love-hate relationship with social networking.  Some days, it likes me.  Things flow smoothly.  Other days, it really doesn't.   My numbers are good.   I have 1501 connections on LinkedIn and 1105 followers on Twitter.   I have 1127 friends on Facebook.   My author page has 359 “likes” and my book page has 255 “likes”.   This isn’t even counting my other pen names.   This is only my Marie Lavender accounts I’m talking about.   So, hey, I’m making good progress, right?   I guess what I meant when I said “love-hate” with regards to social networking was this…r

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When Does Reality Affect Your Writing?

Our lives take a toll on us.  We amble through each day, dealing with each stressor the best way we can.  But, we are not infallible.  Nor are we indestructible.     Some of us have to pay the bills somehow while we wait for our ship to come in.  So your job can put more stress on you.  There are a million distractions, and not always the good kind.  Yeah, it’s nice when the day looks pretty and you feel encouraged to go explore.  That’s a pleasant distraction.  The not so pleasant kind can deter from your writing .  We all know what that can entail.  Pressure in all directions.     I saw a quote recently that I think is very apropos.  Ray Bradbury said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”  So, what kind of reality does he mean?  Well, I think all of us can imagine.  What in your reality keeps you from working on your novel, poem or play?  I have a tendency to be too realistic, a flaw my fiancĂ© reminds me of often.  But, I’m a creative