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I’m Bouncy, Trouncy, Flouncy, Pouncy, Full of Fun, Fun, Fun!

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The title of this post might be untruth in advertising…Only the picture of Tigger is fun, fun, fun.

I woke up at 3:20 am with conversations of last evening going ‘round in my head. Did I say too much? Did I not say enough of the right things?

Captain Awesome Man and I are in Phoenix, on family business that had been potentially serious, but turned out to be less so. Still, we’re glad we got to spend time with his family—some I only knew through Facebook, some I hadn’t seen since they were children. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t the blood relative. When you’ve been a member of a family for 36 years, it kind of doesn’t matter, I guess.

At any rate, after staring at the dark this morning for a couple of hours (with a dead phone, so I couldn’t listen to something to distract my thoughts and go back to sleep), I got up and tried to shower and collect my stuff in the dark without waking C.A.M. (unsuccessfully). 45 minutes later, I woke him again, trying to feel my way to the outlet and get the laptop cord untangled from the suitcases. He is patient with me when he knows I’m trying to work.

I always think that, since “I can write anywhere,” I’ll just carry on and knock out those words while traveling. While I have managed to get some stuff done on trips over the past year, it’s never enough. But then, I have too many days like that at home, too. I can’t blame it on jetlag. (Arizona Time is the same as Pacific Time in the summer—they don’t do no stinkin’ Daylight Savings Time.) I can’t blame unfamiliar beds, surroundings, foods, company, etc. It’s more about this brain that bounces around in the middle of the night.

I’m working on a super-secret-sauce project that I’m really stoked about. (Dude!) It could potentially become my actual day job, and pay the bills, while the novels go through their rounds.

About those novels…Pitches went well at the Romance Writers of America national conference, in San Diego, in July.Two new requests came from it and some excitement about the current work in progress. I did my very first “elevator pitch,” and it wasn’t scary at all.

I should probably translate.

Agents and acquisition editors go to writing conferences to seek out new projects. Authors request 10-minute appointments with of all the professionals they think might be a good match for their work. The conference organizers give the authors only two appointments, based on the wish list and availability. In that 10 minutes, the author has to concisely (I know, I know) describe their book and persuade the agent or editor that they want it. Either it fits their needs, or it doesn’t. If it does, they request the manuscript to read and decide if they want to represent/publish it. An “elevator pitch” is the quick version—for when you happen to catch one of the professionals in the elevator (never the bathroom). My elevator pitch took place in the foyer, actually, and it was an editor I’d already met, so it went well.

All right. Gotta run. Every word on the blog is a word NOT in the book. I just wanted to have a short chat with you… But you can see why my rambling, circuitous, bouncing thoughts might keep me awake at night. Boing, boing, boing…

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You Know I’m All About That Blog. About That Blog. No Twitter!

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Who hasn’t heard this song? Seriously.

Blogging is dear to my heart, because it was through blogging I remembered how much writing means to me and always has. As I actively blogged, I gained confidence and encouragement from others to “kick it up a notch” and start working on a book.

Through blogging I got the push to join local writers’ groups, where I began entering contests for my fiction and knowing I was on the right track.

AS LONG AS THERE IS CHOCOLATE is a small town contemporary novel with strong romantic elements. It began as a prize-winning short story and has developed into a full length novel, gaining more prizes along the way.

With this story, I’ve finally dipped my toe into professional waters, by pitching the book to agents at a writers’ conference. The two lovely women I met requested partial manuscripts, and I’ve sent them on, so the next step is to keep polishing the rest while I wait and see. I’ll begin sending query letters next month to other agents.

It’s happening.

Pinch me.

And it started because of a blog.

When I launched this blog in late August, it was with every intention to build its functions and content quickly.

The death of a loved one just a few days later sort of knocked me off my feet for a while.

I’m feeling ready to jump back in because I’ve got so much to talk about (and just try to stop me!)

It’s a great time for authors right now, with more avenues to publication than ever before. With that, there has come a greater responsibility for writers to take an active part in promoting their work. “Building a platform” through social media has become an important part of a writer’s job . I waste spend more time on Facebook than is healthy, so I have to take drastic measures to be on it less and write more.

And if my livelihood depended on understanding Twitter, I’d be hosed. #twitterspaz

I use Pinterest to gather visual ideas for stories, but have no clue how people use it to gain readers. But they do.

Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram? How do writers keep up with all of that and have a minute to create stories?

But I listened to a speaker at RWA’s national conference say that a blog is the best foundation for a platform there is.

And I enjoy blogging.

So I guess I had that one right all along.

I’m bringing blogging back! Go ahead and tell them tweeting authors that.

Because for me, you know, it’s all about that blog.