Friday, February 29, 2008

Stone's Throw from Hurting

Life likes to throw rocks at us from time to time and I've recently had a boulder dropped on me. This blog isn't about the boulder but rather about some realities I've had to face to include admiting that I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD. It's something I've lived with most of my life but not really been able to identify until recently. It's funny because the series Monk first got me thinking about OCD. What's funny is that while he's a neat freak, I've surrounded myself with stuff, lots and lots of unnecessary stuff - something that I now am working very hard to change especially since it has cost me so dearly in my personal life.

I can see what this has also cost me in my writing life. I have obsessively gone over my writing again and again waiting to get it just perfect before I dare submit anything to an editor/publisher or agent. Well, that's about to change and I look forward to being able to post positive results - okay I'm being a wide-eyed optimst here but hey as my daughter and I have found out recently - Reality Bites!!!! sometimes. And sometimes you have to just take the positive approach or you'll fall apart. I am choosing the former.

Wish me well on my road to recovery and on the road to publishing success.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Social Networks

One of the more well-attended panels at the conference included discussions of social networking. The panel was called:

MEDIA FRENZY: You Tube, Blogs, MySpace, Dorothy L., Crimespace

and those on the panel included:


Morgan Mandel, Karen Syed, Todd Stone and J.R. Turner.

The room was packed and for a Sunday morning that was saying something.

So, over the next several blogs and in other forums, I and the others on the panel and some guest bloggers will delve into this subject that seems to be on everyone's mind.

In the meantime go to some of the following links to see how folks are leveraging the web, social networking and more:

http://www.storytellerroad.com/
http://www.echelonpress.com/
http://acmeauthorslink.blogspot.com/
http://www.jennifer-turner.com/
http://www.loveismurder.net/
http://www.myspace.com/tvmstone
http://www.myspace.com/toddwrites
http://crimespace.ning.com/profile/Toddwrites
http://crimespace.ning.com/profile/Tvmstone
http://bookplace.ning.com

Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Taking a break

Todd and I are busy this weekend with the Love Is Murder conference/convention. We're on the board and presenting and moderating so it's been an invigorating but exhausting time. I presented my tax tips for writers and it was a great session but as usual way too little time to talk about income taxes and all the varied implications for writers. So, I have a number of issues I plan to followup in this blog and other venues about some of the questions that the participants asked so I can hopefully do justice to the topics.

It's Saturday night and Todd is resting before having to sign books, go to dinner and host our traditional Scotch tasting - with piper and all.

Looking forward to sharing more about the conference in upcoming blogs.