Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Update - Week 14

First off, Happy Easter to those that celebrate.  Happy Solstice or Spring Celebration to them. Happy Sunday to everyone else.  Or Hoppy Bunny Day. 

Me, I'm making a ham today.  Mashed potatoes.  Corn.  Rolls.  I forgot dessert.  I know, I know... but let's be real.  The holiday snuck up on me and we're lucky the ham will have pineapple and brown sugar because I totally didn't pick those up until yesterday.

I spent the majority of last week dragging butt.  I haven't been writing.  I've only just kinda poked around at the edits.  I looked into some advertising.  Obsessing over sales... yeah, that I can do.  :eyeroll:

I planted some more stuff.  No pics.  We did have one humdinger of a storm, which left my cedar garden in disarray, so I put that right again.  Ferdinand the Forsythia is fine, though.  Yay.

As you can probably tell, I'm not all hurrah about anything as of 7:45 on Saturday night.  Not sure exactly what the culprit is this time around.  I know I feel like I need to write something new.  But I need to get these edits done.  And can't forget about the marketing.  And if I want the publication schedule to work out the way I have planned, writing something new should probably wait. 

Yes, I would like some cheese with that whine, thank you very much.

Years ago, I belonged to a writers' forum.  Actually, I was quite active.  Busy little beaver me was posting and commenting and generally being both helpful and witty, until one day I noticed that there seemed to be a lot of cliques and an undercurrent of nastiness and a whole middle-school vibe, so I walked away.  Since I jumped into self-publishing, I've been ghosting around another forum - to learn about the biz, see what issues other people might be having in case I ever need to know how to fix it, generally trying to be helpful where I can.  And as I watched, I could see the cliques and the undercurrents and the middle-school thing cropping up there as well.  And it's got me kinda heartsick.  Well, on the bright side, it reminded me how awesome my blogging friends are here and on Facebook.  We might not be a large crowd, but we're loyal and friendly and conduct ourselves with a modicum of maturity.  Thanks for that, guys.

Lastly, today's the last day to get an entry into a contest to win a paperback of Dying Embers.  Just head on over to B.E.'s Writerly Space, and sign up for my newsletter using the newsletter sign up form tab.  Oh, and don't forget to answer their email where you have to click a link saying that 'yes, I did sign up to receive newsletters'.  I still see you as signing up, by Mailigen won't let me actually send you a newsletter without that little clicky thing because they don't want me to spam anyone.  (And I don't want to either.) 

What's up in your world? 


  1. Cliques develop naturally. And like seeks like. Why the mean ones flourish has always surprised me.

    Blogs occasionally have trolls but the blog owner has the ability to block him so maybe that's why you don't see gang mentality.

    Happy Easter! Now go send hubby to get dessert. ☺

    1. I saw a neat acronym today regarding cliques that pretty much says what I mean about them, Maria - CHORF (Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary, Fanatics). I know people have a tendency to gravitate toward people like them, and I'm fine with that. What I'm not fine with are the CHORFs of the world.

      Yeah, I love the ability to not approve a comment. It keeps the trolls at bay. =o)

      Thanks! Happy Easter to you, too! I think we'll just do ice cream instead of something fancy this year. Of course, it's Candy Bar Ice Cream...

  2. Happy Easter to you, too!

    I'm a member of Forward Motion, a rather quiet but very courteous site for writers. No trolls allowed! I haven't noticed any cliques.

    We do have encouragement, challenges, and info on publishing of all kinds. :-)

    1. Thanks, Deb! I hope you had a Happy Easter. Oh, and you won the drawing over on B.E.'s Writerly Space. Congratulations!

      I'm glad you're having wonderful experiences with FM. I think that was the place I visited back in 2004 or 05. I started to make friends and then offered something up for critique. They cheerfully beat me like a rented mule and I haven't been back. I think for the most part, my active participation in forums is over. This one I'm using now is strictly informational for me. I just got heartsick over how they were treating other people, but I'm over it.

    2. Ouch! I'm sad to read that. I joined in 2009, so I missed that sort of behavior.

      I hope it wasn't FM, but another, bigger site (I forget, but I think it's called Absolute Write) that's famous for beating writers up. Way too rough a crowd for me.

    3. LOL, oh, I went that route, too, I just didn't have anyone critique anything so I lasted longer there. In the end, though, I got tired of the bickering and other stuff. My time's better spent writing and connecting with people in the blogosphere or FB.