Today, I was told I would need a blog. I went to a writer's conference. Because, have I mentioned this? I'm a writer now. (See sidebar for my book. When I figure out how to insert sidebar.) So I went to this writer's conference - it was my first. And I learned three things - to be honest, I learned so many things I thought my head would explode but there were three REALLY invaluable things.
One, I will NEVER make money being a writer. I might as well have decided that I was going to paint watercolor still lifes for budget hotel chains. I will have to write five books to break even when you factor in all the publicity, conferences, association fees, and publishing costs (if I choose to self-publish. HA! Choose, that's a nice word. Like I don't need you Random House, I choose to self-publish). FIVE BOOKS? One was a stretch. I might be the walking embodiment of the adage "Everyone has one good book in them." Do I have more than one? We'll see..
Two, I learned that all writers are completely bat-shit crazy. I've never felt so out of place in my life - I was the normal one in the room and I'm NEVER the normal one in the room.
And finally, (big sigh) THREE, I want to be just like them. When I'm seventy, I want to be the eccentric one in the neighborhood who goes to the supermarket in bedroom slippers and has a name for all the birds in her yard. So, between my two professions (ok, one profession, one obsession), which frankly, both have reputations for being for those of us who are a little (how shall we say), um, off, I think I'm well on my way.
So, TA-DA! This is my blog. I'm still figuring this out and who knows, maybe I'll never do it again. I can't promise anything. But for now, my intention is that this will be a little bit about my life, some stuff about my kids (only the funny things, I swear), probably quite a bit more about writing and my new endeavor into being a published author, and some plugs for some of my favorite indie books as I find them.
I'll be writing a post about my book soon - the big reveal, what's it about, where you can take a peek. I know you're all on the edge of your seats...