One Bright Spot on a Bad Day

WHAT’S PLAYING: Beyoncé “Why Don’t You Love Me

I feel like crap. My nose has suddenly turned into a snot fountain, my throat feels like I swallowed broken glass, and every breath seems to trigger a coughing fit. To add insult to injury,  I have to be up at 3:00 in the morning for work. All in all, it’s been a pretty sucky day, and tomorrow promises to be even worse.



But there is one good thing to brighten my day: my website is finally up and running. After months of hard work and inhuman patience on the part of my friend and designer, Bridie, it’s finally ready. (You can check it out at Let me know what you think.)

Funny thing is, I’ve always thought of myself as an easy-going person. A control freak, yes, but only when it comes to writing and my behavior. I guess I’ll have to add “website” to the list. Only then, I’m not just a control freak, but something of a rabid bitch. E-mails and phone calls at all hours of the day, including weekends. Changing my mind half a dozen times, only to change it back again. I was a nightmare, and I didn’t even know how bad I was until one Sunday night. It was 1AM, I was exchanging texts with Bridie about changes to the website and she mentioned something about going to bed. Then it hit me: it was one o’clock on a Sunday morning and this poor woman was working on my website instead of sleeping next to her loving husband. I was acting like a crazy person.



Through it all, Bridie remained patient and professional. She made the changes I requested, changed them again, and then changed them back, all without a peep.

I’m proud of how the website turned out.  I might not have had a hand in writing code or any of the technical stuff, but it is still very much my baby, my creation. It reflects my native heritage and my personality. In fact, all the images on the website were taken from artwork in my home. I’ll never get tired of looking at it. More importantly, now that it’s done I can go back to being sane.

Now if only I could get my nose to stop running.



Website Coming Soon

WHAT’S PLAYING: DuffyRain on Your Parade

Holy sh*t! I have a website!

Well, not really. Not yet. But it should be up and running by the first of the year. It feels strange, topsy-turvy. I haven’t even published (or finished) my book yet, and here I am already setting up an author website and Facebook page. Is it just me, or does all of this seem a little backward?

Turns out, it isn’t. I’ve talked to half a dozen authors, agents, editors and marketing execs, and they all agree that the best time to start building a platform is now. I don’t really like the term “platform”. It makes me feel as though potential readers are little more than a surface on which I’m supposed to build my career. That doesn’t sound…well, right. I’m not trying to sell anybody anything. (I don’t have anything to sell.)

I’m doing this to connect with potential readers and people in general. I have to admit that it’s a little odd though. I’ve spent most of my life avoiding people, closeted in my room safe from the minefields of social interaction and the subsequent humiliation that comes with it, that actually trying to attract other people’s attention is like trying to speak Russian while walking a tightrope suspended over Niagara Falls.

Let’s jut say it usually doesn’t end well.

To be brutally honest, I suck at it. I joined both Twitter and Facebook, but have yet to post on either site. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it’s just that I can’t imagine that anyone would want to hear it. My friend, M, has graciously agreed to help me set up an online profile, but I keep chickening out. Every time she starts explaining the various ways to manipulate social media, I suddenly turn into a moron. It’s not that I’m not interested or that she’s a bad teacher, it’s just that when it comes to certain things, my brain shuts down.

I usually wind up feeling the need to assure her that I really am smart. (I am. Really. I swear.)

And that brings us to the website. What the hell am I going to do with it? To that end, I’ve signed up for a Social Media 101 course. Don’t laugh. Some you probably don’t know much about nuclear chemistry.

So there.

Some cool links for you:

Fearless honesty and haunting poetry. This young woman’s journey is not for the faint of heart, but the fact that she’s still trying to move forward makes her an inspiration.

This is for anyone who has a story they want to share, fiction or nonfiction. Send them a story, long or short, or even a picture, and they will post it for the world to see. (Disclaimer: despite the title, they don’t really post stories every day, but it’s still a cool place to drop by.)

John Shirley’s blog. Full of current and relevant observations and strong opinions on such. Warning: you may come away smarter or at least, more aware than you were before.