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As a #writer, is #Facebook useful to me?

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Today, a very good friend of mine, in real life as well as in cyberspace, quitted her Facebook account, which she created in 2009. She said to me she no longer had time to keep her page up to date, even to the minimum level that would be of interest to her “friends”. And she added: “But of course, the real friends and I keep in touch, by writing – yes! oldfashion letters – and via our blogs, that are the right places for a genuine exchange of ideas.”

It makes sense to me. When I started using Facebook, it was an attempt to build up the main character in my first novel, and later on, to promote my work. It has been a mixed success. Quickly the character achieved a life of her own, and was never really dependent on social media for her development. From a writing and work promotion viewpoint, I have to admit having had close to zero contribution through the Facebook page I created for the novel. By comparison I found Twitter a far more effective tool, to meet other writers, keep up to date on news that interested me, and promote my work.

In truth, the real writer tool is the blog. There, it is possible to develop a meeting of minds, with genuinely interested readers, and people of common interests, who are willing to take the time to comment and follow. It’s give and take. There is nothing artificial in the development of such communities. Given the time it takes to keep up on social media, one has to be economical, and discerning. Has Facebook helped me in my development as a writer? The answer is, probably, very little, compared with the real progress made on the blogs, and, also compared with the source of inspiration and contacts I found via Twitter.

Is this then, conclusive? I have nothing against Facebook, it’s fun to use, but just appears, often, pointless. This is of course a very personal viewpoint, what does not work for me may well do marvels for others! Our main resource is time. So, maybe, it’s time to reconsider?

1st draft! ~ The Page Book 1

Yes today is some milestone. Book 1 of The Page is in edited first draft shape! Yes, loyal readers, it is READABLE!

I am calling for beta readers, and looking for a professional editor. If you are interested please contact me.

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Daily Prompt: Morphing ~ You Have Been Paged!

Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently — think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally.”

Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us, and use it in the title of your post.

 Yes, I have paged you, and, no, it has nothing to do with those bleeping little boxes of old: you are on my page, pictures, quotes, smiles and all – not only you have been added, but my page has captured “us”, our friendship, our love, the way you look at me and I look at you…

It may be the page of a blog, a facebook page, or a page in my new book: you are now immortal, for this page can travel in space, in time, transported in an aircraft, sent to the Moon or Mars…

You have been paged: we are now public, it’s official, everyone knows we are together.

 

Sunshine Award from a Master

Sunshine Award I am tickled pink at receiving the Sunshine Award from a much admired blogger, writer and Dominant Master, Sir Joseph McNamara (@JMcNamara4), grand financier and world traveller who hailed from New-York City and his magisterial fortress. Being in the company of glamorous and talented bloggers such as GeminiswordsPenelope JonesRenee RoseAdaline RaineAna VitskyGreen Eyed GheishaAlice DarkGenevieve Dewey and MariMar makes this award an awesome experience for this timid scribbler.

Thank you for your kind words Sir, I am forever your liege.  I will attempt to answer the shiny questionnaire in a way that does honour the occasion…

Favorite Color: is green, for the meadows of my beloved Dolomites

Favorite Animal: the Salamander

Favorite Number: π

Favorite Non-alcoholic DrinkCoffee

Facebook or Twitter: different things I guess, my central character is on Facebook, just in case

Your Passionmy wife Gorgeous, without her the Universe would be a frozen desert

Giving or getting presents: Books mainly, signs of friendship, signs of love

Favorite Day: February 14

Favorite FlowersEdelweiß

My nominations:

Those friends are a constant source of inspiration and learning for me.  I apologise for nominating for an award already received, as may be the case.

Belinda Witzenhausen, writer and wonderful blogger and artist

Rick Stassi, who knows the way

Leslie Moon, poet and photographer

Louise Hastings, author

Mirabella, inspired, inspiring and a source of wonder

Jim Wright, writer, photographer and observer of life and of his beautiful country, Jordan

Diana Lee, writer, photographer and musician

Ash N. Finn, writer and blogger extraordinaire

Marny Copal, who has raccoons on the deck…

Romantic Dominant, who’s certainly not faded nor fading…

If you want to join in the fun, and continue the process, the rules are to:

(1) Thank the person who gave you the award in your blog post.

(2) Complete the Q&A below in your blog post.

(3) Pass on the award to 10-12 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

#Awards: a nomination…

I am grateful to wonderful blogger/writer Jennifer (@jennybennyk) who hails from http://itsjennythewren.wordpress.com/ (please visit if you have not yet!) for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blog Award.  I am doubly grateful to Jenny, a fellow blogger on the #AtoZ trail, first for the opportunity to visit her posts at leisure, and then also (more about it on one of my #atozchallenge posts to follow) ~ since I expect an account of her trip to Japan all those years back!

There is a ritual, and it starts with boring the readers with seven personal things ~ erm… ~ and then suggest fifteen nominees… Here goes:

  1. I write in the morning after exercising, the latter twice or three times a week ~ I don’t run marathons, but a modest 5km!
  2. My main work in progress is a novel titled The Page, a tale of intimacy and loss, with other bits of flash fiction, and a possible other novella ~ all accessible through these pages…
  3. My loyal Nikon is a faithful companion on the long walks we share my wife and I.  There is a photo blog here.
  4. Writing stuff: Scrivener on my small Mac, but also handwritten notes in moleskine notebooks, occasionally on iPad.
  5. My main character has a Facebook page, which I borrow from time to time…
  6. There is some erotica somewhere else, certainly NSFW and 18+
  7. Favourite cities: Paris and Berlin, favourite region: the Dolomites

Happy Few, bloggers/writers who deserve enthusiastic following:

  1. Rebecca at http://rebeccabradleycrime.com/
  2. The capillary at http://thecapillary.blogspot.co.uk/
  3. Doctor DL Shackleford at http://www.dlshackleford.com/category/posts/
  4. Phylis Vegas at http://phylisvegasbooks.blogspot.co.uk/
  5. The Island Traveller at http://thismansjourney.net/
  6. Gabrielle at http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/
  7. CA White at http://authorcawhite.wordpress.com/
  8. Rebecca at http://rebeccagibson35.wordpress.com/
  9. Rhiannon, a wonderful artist who will travel far, at http://rhiannonrebecca.com/
  10. Marí, whom I’d love to unravel, at http://unravelingmarimar.wordpress.com/
  11. Wayne at http://mrkelly2u.wordpress.com/
  12. Rick, who knows faith moves mountains, at http://emanatingjoy.wordpress.com/
  13. Jason at http://jasonehodges.blogspot.co.uk/
  14. David at http://sonoranwolf.wordpress.com/
  15. Kajira at http://lupobellezza.wordpress.com/

~ Not all of the above may wish to follow the ritual but all are worth visiting and following!

Inspiring

#BlogMeMaybe: May 18 – May I share something (not so) funny?

#FollowFridayIt’s been a funny Friday. I started the day well, when I left for the gym leaving the house keys behind the (closed) door. Luckily I had a few coins in the car which allowed me later to buy cod n’ chips at the Bubble & Squeak (very nice and all for a fiver). My Wi-Fi reaches the drive but – sadly – I did not have my iPad (or a book!) with me, just my little Android phone. So had music and Twitter, great relief for the soul. I managed just about to keep up with events, but lost a few hours writing, hence this belated and short post!

So, Mr Z has done his floatation. A good start for the company and we wish well to those enhanced billionaires! The graffiti artist who decorated Mr Z’ office in LA – temporarily forgot his name, he’s also known as @SashaGrey’s bf – must have done well, he got future shares options for his work! My central character – Julien – has a page, evidently, and I’m not terribly happy with it. This is rather funny, since the novel has stalled a month ago, so Julien’s existence is precarious anyway. But then how many fictitious characters do you think we have on FB? Not her, surely! Smiles… Have a good week-end.

#BlogMeMaybe: May 10 – May I tell you something about someone else?

Siris

Awakening He’s the central character of “Infinity Blade: Awakening”, and, of course, he is you, if, like me, you are addicted to the game. If you are, then you know how brave, childishly brave at time, he can be: but of course, what he can achieve depends on progress on building up his skills, that is yours.

This young man is the last in a line of discrete heroes fighting against the evil God King who runs the land, Drem’s Maw. His is the lineage of Sacrifice, soft voiced humans who for ever fight against the armies of the God King, his Titans, all inhuman things at his service. Siris is the Sacrifice, sent to die for his people, who themselves are reduced to slavery. “The Sacrifice didn’t need to win. He wasn’t expected to win. He wasn’t supposed to be able to win”.

What sort of hero is that? Well, he does take the sword, the magic Infinity Blade, and comes back to his town. I like several things, for example: “His mother and he were among the few in the town who could read. The Sacrifice had to be literate.” Although Siris does not know why it should be so, “he had not considered it an arduous requirement; reading and writing had come easily to him”.

The swordplay is magnificent – though I am not sure what it will do in the end to the shiny screen of my beloved iPad! If you want to join me it’s easy. Multiplaying is via your Facebook account. Have a go. It’s great fun to be a literate Titan slayer.

Infinity Blade Bloodline 6 - killed the God Ki...
Infinity Blade Bloodline 6 – killed the God King with the Lady Finger (Photo credit: ~C4Chaos)

Last excerpt?

Ghost Julian paused, on the threshold of recognition. Then, as he sat still, his mind suddenly saw her, the girl at the school gate, waiting for him, tall and smiling. A wave of memories submerged him: the old town, the medieval streets, the library where he worked and studied, the provincial railway station, the ugly buildings from the post war period, the school, the calm waters of the canal, and Melissa: his forgotten friend, his adolescence sweetheart. What happened to her? And why all that secrecy? Why could not she just approach him, write to him, say who she was? Reading his mind Sarah said: “Maybe she has a grudge?”

Continued

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