SELF PUBLISHING, Uncategorized, writing

Speed Bumps and Lumps

 

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Publish! That’s my goal.

That’s been my goal since high school. That’s been my goal for some 19 years. That’s a long time. I often ask what’s happened since then. In that time life happened. I joined the Army. That was a fun and terrifying few years. I earned two college degrees. That was an intensive year. I was married and divorced. Apparently no matter how hard you try you can’t force each other to be in love. I worked my ass off. Job after job, 50+ hours a week. I published some misguided poetry. I published brutal memoir short stories of my childhood and won a few contests. Then, I got married to a woman I actually was in love with and got a cute, crazy daughter. I spent a few years enjoying the novelty of it. I also found out I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis). I joke with a tear in my eye and say MS stands for Me Screwed.

 

Now, I’m here. Emboldened by the loving support of family, or at least their grudging understanding, I’m here. I am selfpublishing! Where there’s a will there’s a way, blah, blah, and other inspirational phrases. Really it comes down to this. I’ve wanted to publish. Poems weren’t fulfilling. Short stories weren’t fulfilling. Childrens book here I am! I have a professionally edited manuscript. I have a critique group. I have an interior illustrator. I am getting my book cover started as I type this (Maybe not, she’s in Wales and it’s really freaking early in the morning there right now). I’ve been platforming for a month. Over 1,000 FB friends, over 700 Twitter followers, 30 followers on here. I think that’s okay? I still need more, many more.

 

There are more speed bumps to slow my goal down. More lumps life will give me in the pursuit of my goal. I only have one thing to say. Let’s do this!

 

SELF PUBLISHING, Uncategorized, WRITE

Putting Social into Social Media

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Social media is something that I personally struggle with. Call me an old fashioned 36 year old, but I always preferred a face to face conversation. I was that guy that never answered his phone. I would just show up because you obviously wanted to talk to me. This led to a few awkward times when I was a drunk dial or butt dial. Not awkward for me mind you. I have very little shame. I’ll accept more calls now. I prefer, very much prefer videochatting. Isn’t technology great? Love it!

Oddly enough, I write. I write 15 page letters. Not emails. Real letters. I swear, I probably kept USPS afloat for as long as it has. Every holiday. Every birthday (which are personal holidays, but that’s a whole different blog lol). I send cards too. A lot of cards. I’m probably why Hallmark stores lasted as long as they did.In fact a friend of my wife’s texted to her, “I just got a card from J.D., it must be some kind of holiday!”

I need social media for self publishing. My wife had a Facebook. I didn’t. Now I have one dedicated to writing type stuff and at first it drove me crazy. I never wanted to let something go past my timeline without responding to it. I felt it was rude. Yeah, that didn’t last long. The stuff just kept coming, lol. Now I’m much better at it. I joined Twitter. I felt like I was missing everything because people I’d follow would tweet multiple times a day. The more people I followed the more I missed, lol. I started this blog and here I feel like I’m getting to know people a little bit. Of course for the platform I’m building I probably don’t have enough followers and don’t follow enough people and need to blog more than several times a week, and the list goes on, lol.

I would like to get to know people on a deeper level than I do. I have friends. I have followers. I am a friend. I think there should be more depth. I want to put more SOCIAL in social media. Don’t you?