I made a little Slideshow of some of the great moments we’ve had along the way, from the beginnings, Where The Butterflies Go (2008) until now. Thanks for your support and for all the fun!
I love waking up to surprises. Some of my favourites: Snow on the ground. My daughter leaving a crayoned card at my bedside table. Hubby and her made breakfast in bed. AND FIVE STAR REVIEWS LIKE THIS ONE!
Thanks to author Lisa Justus for such a well-written review that will hopefully make more people want to read this story.
You can read Lisa’s review here and follow her links to buy the book on Amazon. It’s also available on the Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Sony reader and at Smashwords in epub format.
My brother in law passed away last week from a rare, fast-growing form of cancer. I mourned, and I wrote sad poetry, and I supported my husband who flew to BC to support his family, and I tried to hold myself together for our 8-year-old.
And then I just said screw it, and spent an entire day on Twitter.
Now, because I want my BIL to look down on me and go, ‘Yah, you really seized the day!’ in a proud and not sarcastic manner, let me elaborate. I spent the day on Twitter as an experiment.
I want to learn to use this amazing tool to reach out in a world that, more and more, is turning inward. I mean, the Oxford word of the year is Selfie. What does that say about us? We have more resources for connecting with others than ever before, but lately, it feels like we are more disconnected from one another than ever before. It’s easy to ignore a cell phone call, a text, a tweet, a FB post. Gone are the days when the phone rang loudly and we ran to grab it, then chatted for an hour with our best friend.
Life is fragile, as the death of two dear friends in January and now the death of my BIL have taught me. I want to meet people with like minds, and like perspectives on the world. I also want to meet my opposites. That’s the stuff that makes this fragile life interesting.
So, when I returned to tweeting more regularly after, quite honestly, having had my Facebook feed and blog just spurt out poetry and photography links for many years, I was pleased when I gained over 40 followers in a day.
The fact that one follower kept tweeting #MentionSomeoneBeautiful to me along with 1,000 other women he’d mentioned on his feed is besides the point. I also tried to disregard that one of my new followers calls himself a jackass, eats fire, and drinks milk through a tube that he’d stuck up his throat and out his nose. Hey. We all have our quirks!
I came away with quite a few observations from this experiment. If they can help even one new Tweeter or long-time frustrated Tweeter, I’ll not have wasted an entire day on Twitter, so I must share them.
Go for the Gentle Clap; Be Surprised By the Standing Ovation. Don’t expect a retweet, and above all don’t try to make it happen. Do not try to be funny or clever. Just be yourself and have fun on there. Besides, few of us give or receive Retweets anymore. That’s so 2008. People click one button, to Favorite. Faster. Easier. More like a gentle clap, rather than a standing ovation.
Find Your Own Voice. Some people do retweet, all the time. These are accounts that retweet lots of interesting, or maybe not so interesting, material, or anything a celebrity says, but they don’t have much to say themselves. I’d suggest that if you decide to Tweet, have something to teach people or to entertain your followers, or to enliven or enrich their lives every day. Or, at the very least have a dirty joke or two up your sleeve. Sex gets retweets, and often, mentions, which means you strike up conversations with other people, and there are lots of laughs. I can’t go there because I’m a respected professional writer, or I’m trying to be, anyway, but check out my character @BadAssGrandma
Find Your Time to Tweet. The people who follow you all have schedules and routines they follow. Figure out what those are, so that your tweet gets the most exposure. If you tweet at 5:03 a.m., you may get some writers, or someone’s cat sleeping on the keyboard. Try to tweet at the same time every day, or, every few hours. Find the hour that works for you but make it during those hours when people are looking for something to do other than what they’re supposed to be doing (work hours, 9-5, is a good start).
Have Fun. Don’t take yourself or Twitter too seriously. In 10 years there will be some other social network type invention – probably involving Holograms and dancing penguins and blinking our Favorites with our eyes. We’ll all try to be Super Stars at that again, while our Twitter feeds lie dormant, but still displaying those horrid Tweets of Twitter Past.
Don’t Forget Your Ruby Slippers. Spend the bulk of your time trying to be the Super Star in your real life, giving to the people who love you and have your back. I’m not saying you can’t make genuine online friends on Twitter. I’m saying don’t forget about the people who love you back home. Twitter is Oz. Always bring your ruby slippers when you log on so you can get back home.
If you’re Tweeting to make money, please disregard these observations. I just tweet for fun, and for the applause, applause, applause. Excuse me, I have the urge to go take a Selfie.
Still have to work on my sarcasm…never been good at it. Another reason I’ll never be a Super Star on Twitter!
Meet me under November’s sky,
Where you and I are free to fly;
Where time and place do not exist;
Meet me here; do not ask why.
No rules, routines, and not one list,
Just you and I; a gentle breeze;
We’ll walk the woods where we first kissed.
No where to be; no one to please.
We’ll reminisce; we’ll laugh with ease,
You’ll say I still have days like these.
So say farewell, love of my life.
But kiss me here, beneath the trees.
Meet me under November’s sky,
Where you and I are free to fly;
Where you and I age like fine wine.
Meet me here. One last time.
The Friends I’ve Never Met has traveled.
It has traveled around in Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing, The Social Network) script bag and been referred to his agency, been given constructive criticism (which I gratefully used) by the creator of King Of Queen’s, and has been accidentally left in an airport by Tom Cavanagh (Ed), but he did scribble more constructive criticism in the margins! (which I gratefully used).
It has been read, referred & praised by the kind and generous Mark Feuerstein and the beautiful and talented Forbes Riley But thanks to YOU it has traveled the farthest, WAY UP to #28 in Women’s Fiction>Action and Adventure!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share the link, buy, review, star rate, and help KEEP ‘THE FRIENDS I’VE NEVER MET’ TRAVELING UPWARDS!
I’ve come this far – why quit now?
Thanks for your help!
P.S. You do not need a Kindle, Amazon.com has free Kindle reading software for your computer!
Wow! You didn’t just listen, you went above and beyond! You brought Three Spaces to #16 in Contemporary Poetry on Kindle (Amazon.com) and then you UK readers got it to #59 for a while in the UK! Not sure where it stands today but last I looked it was hovering at #25, just beside Billy Collins’ latest book of poems. That in itself makes me want to sit down and catch my breath, except, I’m running around looking after a little girl with gastrointestinal flu. Ick. Poor girl.
It’s probably good I’m preoccupied with her being ill because I can’t really wrap my head around how fast Three Spaces flew up the charts ON THE SAME DAY that The Friends I’ve Never Met charted in Women’s Fiction, in the subcategory Action and Adventure!Last I looked, it was #33 on Amazon.com Kindle, and #36 in Single Women on Amazon.ca Kindle. It’s alongside the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding (Mad About the Boy is #1 in Single Women Fiction ) so I am in great company and completely ..well..freaking out, despite that I need to go to bed!
Had to take some time before I myself go to bed early to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping my books be discovered by more readers. That is what these charts can do. Hopefully, thanks to your help getting these books on these charts, more readers will find my work…and with The Friends I’ve Never Met I hope I’ll find the audience I’d like for my upcoming book of contemporary fiction (it will also likely fall under Women’s Fiction and Action and Adventure)
So please help the books stay on the charts. Please share this post, or share the book links from Amazon, or show someone how to download the free reading software from Amazon. Thanks so much for making Indie books matter!
Thanks guys. Stay healthy!
Today’s Wayne Dyer Calendar inspirational quote: You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered.
I read that, and then I checked Three Spaces on Kindle – it’s #24 in Bestselling Contemporary Poetry this morning! But I don’t think centering myself will get it to #1 – I need your help there.
You did it with LEAP in iBooks and Carry On Dancing on Amazon.ca Kindle – you totally have the power to do this!
PLEASE grab a copy or GIFT one to your friends TODAY! Reaching #1 may just help me land an agent for my next project, could boost sales, and you know what? It would just feel AMAZING if we accomplished this thing together: Canadian poet hits top ranks on USA Kindle. Thanks so much guys, for helping me believe it’s possible!
PS You don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book. Go to Amazon and download a FREE APP for your computer!
FREE READING APP FOR LAPTOPS/ COMPUTERS: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sa_menu_karl?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771
You guys have been really amazing with your constant support of my poetry books, and my screenplay. Thanks once again for reading and commenting.
If you’re starting your holiday shopping for literary lovers on your list, I’ve got a deal for you all this month. Where the Butterflies Go, Leap and Three Spaces will be half-price if you order a signed copy in November 2013 (plus shipping to your city). So that’s $4 for a signed WTBG, $10 for a signed Leap (only 1 copy left! hurry!) $6 for Carry On Dancing, $7 for Three Spaces. Payment is by Paypal. If you order several copies I can of course give you a great deal on shipping. CONTACT ME email@example.com to arrange for your signed copy to be shipped to you!
For those who prefer ebooks, it’s also sales time for you. I’ve reduced Where The Butterflies Go, Three Spaces and my screenplay, The Friends I’ve Never Met, to just $1.99 all this month, on all ereaders – Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony, Apple iBooks and many more!
Five-hundred and thirty-seven people entered my Goodreads Giveaway this month, for a chance to win a signed copy of Three Spaces. Drum roll please…and the winners are: Jessica Schnell of Columbus OH & Tammy Downing of Madison WI!
Congratulations! I’ll be shipping a signed copy of Three Spaces to you soon. Hope you enjoy the read. Thanks to the hundreds of people who added Three Spaces to their “To Read” shelves. Do please leave me a review once you’ve read it. Every review or share helps other readers find my work, and keeps me motivated to keep on creating.