The second day of my visit to Father’s in Pennsylvania begins. Here, as I noted in my previous post, it is impractical – actually impossible – for me to proofread my manuscript out loud. So that has to wait until I return to the Catskills probably tomorrow or on Wednesday.
And I have been avoiding even reading it silently. I want to take a short rest away from it. In quiet moments here I have instead taken up reading a gift from my father for my (September 4) birthday:
And I have also been – uh, too much perhaps, I am sure you are thinking – reading the net, and Twitter’s #writingcommunity hashtag in particular. I’m sorry, but I just can’t stop going back to it! It’s addictive!
So for the fifth time, let’s return there. LOL!
So, you're at your local Starbucks and see someone at a table reading one of your books. Would you approach them… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Diane Nichols (@DNicholsAuthor) September 12, 2019
Don’t bother readers at Starbucks. Don’t ask readers anywhere for reviews. In fact, don’t ask anything of readers.
Readers are (as you are) entitled to their personal space. Once they own your book it belongs to them now. It has ceased to be (aside from the copyright) yours.
If they want to get in touch with you, believe me they will.
#WritingCommunity , what's your weird "made it" goal? For me, I want fan art of my stories—
Miranda Leiggi (@MirandaLeiggi) September 13, 2019
Nah, that is not all that weird.
Wanting an action figure of yourself: that is kinda more weird. (I don’t, just to be clear.)
Evans (@just_evans_) September 14, 2019
I learned to play the guitar as a teenager and I can still somewhat.
I presume, though, I do now write better.
At least I hope so.
What's your biggest concern as a writer? #writingcommunity—
Renée Gendron (@ReneeGendron) September 15, 2019
Starvation is pretty near the top of the list.
Amy Georges (@AmyGeorges3) September 13, 2019
Distracted, I have more than once accidentally put the oat bran into the wrong cupboard.
So I recently saw a post where a writer was pulling out all the banter in her novel. So how do y’all feel about ban… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Heather E.F. Carter (@hefcarter) September 13, 2019
Remove “banter?” What does that even mean?
This post is, I suppose, sort of “banter.”
And this page…
…is there “banter” there that needs removing?
Separately, notice this too. There is very little description on that page. It is almost entirely brisk conversation.
Mark Lee (@MasqCrew) September 15, 2019
[After Claudine did as asked, she found and extracted a letter from inside of the box.]
Do you "cast" your books? Ie, search the internet, download pics of actors/celebrities who look like your character… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
SG Minae (@SgMinae) September 13, 2019
Uh, no. However, I have seen people on the net, and even in person, who I think kinda remind me of some of them.
Since I also write based on quite a few real people, I know already what they look[ed] like.😊
Helen Whistberry (@whistberry) September 15, 2019
Somewhere else? I’d love the Tetons:
It’s a truly awesome – in the REAL meaning of the word – place.
In conversation yesterday, I realised how many books I've loved that are fading from people's reading lists. What… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
DB Carter (@DBCarterAuthor) September 15, 2019
The past is, uh, technically, everything published before today.
Presumably, though, I can’t, uh, plug my own here?
Stephan J. Hahn (@stephanjhahn) September 15, 2019
When the deadline – another of which is rapidly approaching – smashes you in the face.
How many of you use your real name vs. a pen name for your writing? #WritingCommunity—
AuthorTallaryStone (@TallaryStone) September 14, 2019
A non-bantering, serious answer from me here.
You are running a real personal risk writing under your real name. If you are not a “timid” author, chances are you will write – even inadvertently – something that will offend someone. True, it may not matter and you may never know. Then again you don’t want it to be, or brought to the attention of, possibly your boss, or your hoped for boss (when they google you when you apply for that job), or your graduate school admissions officer.
I advise strongly against writing publicly under your real name – unless you are of independent means and no one can turn the screws to you.
What am I sick of? Instagram. That place is a contest of who can take the best picture of a book or cup of coffe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
emily jean west (@emilyjeanwest) September 12, 2019
A coffee? A book? Hardly…
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1) Yes, lining them up amidst DVD viewing. 🥂🥃🧀📺😊 . The DVD?🤔 A couple of episodes of “The Winds of War” (1983). Now, single much younger Pamela Tudsbury (Victoria Tennant) has just kissed a married Pug Henry (Robert Mitchum) for the first time.😍😱 And my Mrs has just declared: “Well, *that* wasn’t the kiss of just a friend’s daughter.”😂🇬🇧🇺🇸 . 2) Sun setting.🌅😁 . Have a goodnight, wherever you are.🌒😁 . #travel #CatskillsNy #Catskills #evening #novels #weekend #DVD #WindsofWar #romance #Courvoisier #history #WWII #historicalfiction #fiction #upstateNy #entertainment #miniseries #1980s #television #writers #authors #expats #fun #scenic #beautiful
It’s about posting photos of a vodka and coke, a cognac, and cheese, and a Catskills sunset.
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A throwback to February 2018.📷 While certainly not for kids, I guess it works as a nod to books today.🤔📚 J-J Rousseau’s 1712 birthplace, in Geneva, Switzerland.🇨🇭😊 . Okay, you no longer kiddies university age political science and political philosophy students may all groan now.😂😂😂😂 . #worldbookday #travel #tbt #throwbackthursday #sightseeing #tourism #Geneva #Switzerland #history #politics #reading #literature #writers #writersofinstagram #authors #authorsofinstagram #photo #photography #writersofinsta #humor #fun #expats #expatlife
…or Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s birthplace.
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A repost of a photo that may be familiar to you already: the Statue of Liberty and the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, snapped by me from the Liberty Island Ferry, January, 1991. . #TwinTowers #StatueofLiberty #USA #NewYorker #hometown #history #photography #travel #friends #memories #throwback #twentiethcentury #1990s #Manhattan #NewYorkCity #writers #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #sightseeing #35mmphotography
…or a 35mm photo you took in 1991 that was adapted to the back cover of… your book twenty-two years later.
#WritingCommunity What is your favorite TV sitcom? Any era (including today's shows)? Answer below—
Jeff C Fuller (@detective_files) September 15, 2019
Uh, as I think about it, it’s probably Frasier.
#WritingCommunity What is your favorite kind of cookie (if you like cookies)? Answers below—
Jeff C Fuller (@detective_files) September 14, 2019
Just above on Twitter, our favorite sitcom.
And now our favorite cookie?
But, uh, Instagram? That’s just a pointless best pics competition and waste of time for an author? LOL!
Have a good Monday – Ugh – wherever you are. 🙂