How Social Are You?

I feel like a slacker. Not overall, just when it comes to social networking.

I kept up better when I wasn’t working full time. Now it seems that I go to work, come home, cook dinner, clean up dinner, and then, if it’s not a snbuttonscritique night, I sit down to the computer. It’s at that point that I have to decide if I’m going to try to squeeze in some Facebook, Pinterest, WordPress, Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or the many Like for Like events on the afore mentioned FB, as well as writing.

Writing almost always wins out, which could be on one of two novels. One which is in revision, the other which is just beginning. Or, it could be on a short story, two of which I have written, but need revising, one at about the mid-point, and a couple that haven’t made it past the notes stage. To say my mind is busy might be a tad of an understatement. It pretty much goes all the time.

I can hear some “What about the weekends?”

To which I reply, trying to get things done that I haven’t been able to during the week, plus write, plus anything that comes up that might throw off the whole “plan” for the weekend, which my friend Murphy is always happy to provide a wrench for.

And, “You’ve got a smart phone, post, etc. on that.”

(the buzzer sounds) Think again. I can get quick things in. Nothing like a blog. Not to mention that there is no connecting of personal devices to the wifi at work, so lunchtime SN is nonexistent, well, at best, slow. I do not post, text, or otherwise endanger my life or others while driving and most stops involve doing what I came for and getting out as quickly and with as little crowd/human contact as possible. No, I’m not phobic, but outside my friends and family I often find masses of people a bit disconcerting/annoying/unnecessary. What can I say, I’m an introvert, who can social-networking-images-1flip that social switch when needed, but prefer the serenity that alone time affords. Also, I hate shopping and errand running even though they are a sometimes necessary evil.

And “Well, you don’t have to have eight hours of sleep do you?”

To which I answer, no, and I don’t. With the exception of early childhood, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten eight consecutive hours of sleep that wasn’t forced by parents or sickness.

And, my favorite, “They say you have to, so you’ve got to make time to do it.”

“Meh. Who’s they? And, ‘have to/got to’ makes me want to do just the opposite. I understand that it’s a good thing to develop a following and interact with other writers, but I want to write and work on my writing and I don’t want to post that I had Wheaties for breakfast, or went to the dentist, or other personal inanities. I don’t mind publicly thanking a group of friends, or celebrating a success or milestone, or promoting someone’s work.

Other’s can post what they like, but for me, I have to choose what gives and what I have time for. So, I’ll be selective in my social networking. I will answer direct tweets when I can, save Pinterest for waiting in doctor’s/dentist’s offices or other waiting situations, blog when I can, post/answer/view/like on Facebook as I can.Vintage-Social-Networking

How social are you when it comes to social media and networking? What are your tricks for fitting it into your day or time management scheme? And, for those of you who are writers, do you have a day job and, if so, how do you social network, plus write, plus handle the day to day?

Open to suggestions – RG

I Must Be Crazy!

I just looked up the meaning of crazy. There are thirteen definitions (at least in the dictionary I looked in) and there are several that fit.

How I am about writing:

3. Intensely enthusiastic; passionately excitedCrazy

How I sometimes feel:

6. Unusual; bizarre; singular

How certain members of my family might see me:

11. An unpredictable, nonconforming person; oddball

How certain members of my family think of me during After Prom season (party held after the high school prom), and also, about writing:

13. With great enthusiasm or energy; to an extreme

There you have it. I must be crazy.

I want to dwell on number thirteen for a moment. It is now After Prom season (and I’m also writing, which is just doubling up on the crazy). The number of the definition is appropriate since our high school’s Prom/After Prom is on the 13th and it’s 2013. Our theme is Mardi Gras, and I spent a good portion of the day shopping with my co-chair for beads–massive amounts of beads.

But, I digress.

You may not think this is too crazy, but here’s the kicker. My children have been out of high school for several years. Yes, friends, I still do After Prom (as do a few other parents without students in high school) even though my kids don’t go there any more.

Crazy! I know.

Think of it as community service, or that there aren’t many parents who will step up to do this kind of thing, but what it boils down to is this–I enjoy it. As a creative person, I do get a kick out of the design and execution of this massive event.

It doesn’t help that the protagonist of my novel has been yelling in my head all day. “Why aren’t you doing your edits???” I have other writing friends who have this problem, so don’t be getting the straight jacket yet.

These things lead me to the fact that creative people are usually, just this side of looney tunes.

crazy quote Dr. Seuss

I want to know what crazy things other people do. The things that don’t make sense for you to do. What’s your kooky outlet? What are you bonkers about? What wacky things do you do?

Yours in insanity ~ RG

Being sane is boring ~ R. A. Salvatore

The Thing That Is Social Media

As a new author, I’ve been told that I need to be on social media. I get it. The way the publishing world is today, you have to be able to market yourself.

And, I am on social media. However, sometimes I feel weird blowing my own horn.

Like this guy.

So, I’m going to suck it up and play my social media tune. Here are my Facebook and Twitter links. If you’re so inclined please LIKE and FOLLOW. It’s greatly appreciated!

Facebook

Twitter

Of course, following my blog is also an accepted form of social media as well. So, feel free to do that as well.

Thank you for reading my plea and for doing any of the above. I promise not to post anything like this in the future as I feel painfully guilty doing it.

Does anyone else have a problem with this?

Yours in shameless self promotion,

RG

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