Monday, 23 April 2012

Monday Updates

Am still in my weird reading/reviewing funk. At this point it's becoming more of a lifestyle than a phase. Gotta do something to break out of it. It may have something to do with my current gardening/TV obsession. Or that I think I may be getting way too old and cynical to enjoy the usual teen angst in YA. I've gone through my TBR pile and given myself a deadline to read each book but I'm predicting a failure because non-essential deadlines and me don't mix.

 Drumroll....Seeder's Poison is finished!! Yay!! *runs around clapping* Yes I may have gotten carpal tunnel and if I have to re-read it one for time I will scream but at least it's finally done!!!

Have gotten into Bones in a major way. Everyone is so cool.  Am all for a show where the geeks take center stage.

You guys can tell I've been a bit slack with the blog. Only 2 posts in April so far. I can't even say it's because I've been reading a lot or writing all that much. I think I've just been hit with a case of big time ennui. Probably because summer is def at an end and I I haven't met any vampires. Ha! At least I haven't lost my sense of humour.

Have a great Monday everybody.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Insecure Writer's Support Group #2: The Wallflower Diaries

If you're a regular reader of this blog you'll know that I harp on quite a bit about writing being a solitary endeavour. Sometimes it can be a little isolating and I guess that's where blogging comes in to alleviate some of that loneliness. Having said that, I've recently come to realise that part (if not a lot) of the reason I love writing is because it allows me to be a complete and utter loner.
      You see, outside of the blogging world, I am a bit of a wallflower. It's not that I'm super shy so much as I can't be bothered with small talk. Also, I think reading and watching TV has imprinted in me a need for life changing conversation or no conversation at all. I've come to expect the kind of dialogue thrown around by Elizabeth and  Mr Darcy and when all I hear is get to know you chit-chat, I tend to shrug and decide it's more fun to be at home with my own characters than to risk being disappointed by real people.
      This doesn't really help me much as a writer and especially as an aspiring indie writer since I'm going to have to do all of my own marketing and publicity. I suppose I could promote the book on my blog but there's only some much self promotion you can do on your blog before people start tuning out. Besides, I'm great in writing. Just like I'm great on paper. But if you walked up to me on the street the last thing I'd be able to talk about is my novel. Or my writing.
      So I just wanted to throw it out there and see how those of you who have published books/plan to publish books have gotten over the wallflower syndrome. Does it get easier to promote your work without feeling like you're being an imposition? What do you do when a book blogger declines your review request? Am I the only one whose freaking out about marketing my own book? Would love to hear your thoughts!