Thursday, November 20, 2008

Blogging for the techno-challenged

Good grief. Who knew blogging required a secret decoder ring? I went looking for ways to get this blog some traffic, and stumbled into the frightening world of pings and burns and feeds and other techno-ghoulies lurking in the weeds to devour my blog should I fail to decipher Da Techni Code. EEEEK!

I used to teach web design. Honest. Once upon a time I considered myself fairly with it regarding all things webbie. That was before blogs. Now I feel like that tool bag lost by the astronauts the other day, whizzing forlornly along after the space station, never to be reunited with a friendly hand ever again. I fear I may have to resort to secret thumbing through "Blogging for Dummies", if such a tome exists. Either that, or spent more than thirty seconds researching the subject. Rats. That's like guys asking for directions. I seldom actually need the directions when starting new things. Blogging is clearly meant to be a humbling exercise.

Anybody else feel like Igor the Village Idiot when they first started a blog?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sold a story!

It's been a weird few weeks. We had a bit of unpleasantness on the workshop, to the point of members leaving, which makes me sad that they chose just to leave rather than flag me privately that they had a problem with a member. Hopefully things will settle and work out now that it's been addressed.

Got a nibble on a short story from Cat Tales, and a solid bite from On Spec. After nearly 2 years of going back and forth with rewrites, they finally bought "An Infinity of Moments". Woohoo for me! The money's nice but the publishing credit is nicer. This comes a day after I started sending out resumes, thinking the financial situation is not going to improve anytime soon and I need to be thinking about incomes other than my sinking mutuals. Maybe this is a sign not to give in? Hmmm....

Sunday, October 19, 2008

'Nother Sunday

More gorgeous weather at this end of the world. I'm still fighting with the ISP, but there's nothing I can do about until tomorrow, when they swear they will fix it. So even though my email won't send even tiny text messages and I'm stuck so far as getting proposals out, I'm working in a little work around enjoying the great outdoors while the weather lasts. A stray Brittany Spaniel showed up here Thursday, lost, thin, and scared. Since I live so far out in the sticks, I doubt he's a real stray. More likely somebody dumped him. So now I guess I have two dogs. What's one more mouth to feed? That makes 3 horses, 6 cats, and 2 dogs. Sigh.

I'm bummed about missing so much of the Muse it Up Writers Conference, as there was some good stuff in the marketing chats. I've had to settle for reading the transcripts, which is not quite the same as being able to ask questions, but this week I've had to take what crumbs I can get. The topper was when I queried On Spec about a story that's been hanging fire for 9 months, only to have the editor tell me that they had a staff shakeup and a lot of stories got misplaced. Mine was one of them, apparently. Since they've always been good about answering, if a little slow, I have no reason not to believe her. That's 9 months and an IRC wasted for Canadian return postage. Aaaack.

It may be time to go ride, now that I've made both the dogs happy by a tramp through the woods. It's hunting season, so that means sticking to the dressage arena. I have two bays and a black, not the colors I want to be riding through the woods just now.

I have a kitten draped over my shoulder, head-down to the rear, purring in perfect contentment. It doesn't do much for my typing but makes for a wonderful ambiance in the room!

Enjoy your Sunday, wherever you are.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Muse Online

I've been monitoring some of the chats at the Muse Online Writers' Conference. Some are very helpful; others are more geared toward beginners and covered things I already know. Some good information though, especially on the marketing end. I have been toying with the notion of self-publishing one of my books, but I think that may be a bit of a copout at this stage, as I have not aggressively tried to sell it in the usual manner. It has been very instructive, though, setting up the file, doing the book design, etc. I would recommend that to anyone just to get better acquainted with the mechanics of the process.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Frustrating Sunday

Aaack. What a day. It is gorgeous outside, which is where I should be, enjoying an autumn day, but instead I'm in here fighting with my internet connection trying to get this blog up. Also, I really need to get to Museitup and get the last of the documents for the online writers conference which begins tomorrow. I can see that will go well if my connection remains as frustrating as it was today. Naturally, residential customers are at the bottom of the list when it comes to tech support from my ISP. Can you hear me screaming?

Aside from that, it *is* a beautiful day, and having successfully launched this blog, I think I will rest on my laurels and go ride my horse. Or something. Anything to get out of this chair.