It’s official! My application to join the Horror Writers Association has been approved! This has been a long time in coming simply because I’ve been eyeballing their organization for years now. I was able to join after Half Breed hit the scene, but I’ve been reluctant to do so because I had already found RWA and a bunch of friendly faces to go with it. Now that I’ve seen and tasted their waters, I’m dipping my toe into another pond. A murkier one. One that will help me live up to my tagline. And just so that you know, I’m not a proponent of joining a writer’s group if you think they’ll get you published faster. They won’t. I like them solely for the camaraderie.
I’ve finally figured out where to get a Twitter badge and have placed it on my website where my newsletter link used to be. For some reason, I can’t get to the admin page for my newsletter. So, if you’ve signed up, I don’t know when it’ll be active again. Anyway, the good thing about Twitter is you’ll probably get more up-to-date info on me and my antics. It’s one of the few marketing gimmicks that has grown on me. Just throw up a sentence or two that’s less than 140 characters long and you’re good to go. I can handle that. 😉
Am I the only one who finds Facebook annoying? Every time I turn around, someone is sending me sea garden creatures, flinging thongs at me, petting my virtual dog, and other crazy stuff like that. They’ve asked me to join their vampire league, a group of superheros, or their circus. Some Facebook addicts need to step away from the computer and find another hobby. I don’t have time to play around on that thing when I could be working on a WIP. So, if you send me something and I don’t reply, that’s why. I pop on Facebook long enough to accept a friend request and change my status, but that’s about it. If it weren’t for some of my non-writing friends, family, and coworkers being there, I’d probably delete my account. That’s how I keep in touch with my loved ones…after I’ve been screening their calls because I’m head’s down in the middle of writing. Yes, doggone it, I’m that evil. 😈
Exposure doesn’t always mean sales to me. It means connecting with other writers, readers, and people in general. Making friends. They say writing can get lonely, though I have yet to experience this because I have a plethora of online friends. I’ve walked away from conventions meeting so many new faces that not being able to see them in 2009 hurts. Drop me a line and I’ll happily reply. Come at me on Facebook with a request to “body slam in the mud pits of hell” and you will get silence. That’s just not the way to get to know people.
So what have you done to expand your horizons lately? Join a group? Embark on an exciting journey?
P.S. Two weeks off from work! Yayyyyyyyy! *happy dance*