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The Dangers of Procrastination and Amazon One Click

I am now the proud new owner of several novels that I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read. It’s all one click’s fault. Well, no, maybe it isn’t. It’s all Twitter’s fault. Nope. Not it either. Oh my gosh, it’s all my own fault.

You see, I was happily working on my latest novel for NaNoWriMo when I felt the need to look at my phone. I know. I shouldn’t have done it, however, I did.

twitterThere, by the little Twitter bird was a red circle, meaning that I just HAD to click on it to see what was new in the Twit-o-sphere. Well, reading Twitter is like eating potato chips. You can’t read just one tweet, you have to scroll down and read 47 of them, at least. And in that 47, if you’re actually following people who are of interest to you, there are several clicks that take you other places. Places like novelists’ websites, where they gush about other novelists’ new books, and tell you things like, “hey, read this book, it’s on sale for just $1.99 and it’s fabulous!”

Well, how can I NOT read this fabulous book endorsed by this fabulous author when it’s only $1.99? I do read a lot on Overdrive, which makes MOST of my reading free, but I also can’t resist a deal, and authors still get something when I buy a $1.99 book, so there’s that.images

Well, one click leads to another click which then leads to another click, and before you know it I have several new books downloaded. Swell.

Now I’m not unhappy about this. I didn’t spend a ton of money, and as I said, I’m not opposed to authors earning a little something from their writing, not at all. I’m just saying that those evil geniuses over at Amazon know what they’re doing. Sigh. I just hope that someday they’ll be doing the same thing for me and my books.

 


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Rules for Comicon

Ok, Comicon 2016 is in the books, and it wasn’t without a few hiccups, but overall I still say it’s an extremely well run operation, especially considering its size and scope. While I was there I made a few notes on how people could help Comicon be even BETTER than it already is. These were released last Thursday, via Twitter. Here they are all in one spot for your viewing pleasure.

Do you have any to add? Please leave them in the comments.

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Rules for Comicon: If you’re going to send out tweets with a hashtag, use the correct one! Hanging my head in shame. #PHXCC

Rules for Comicon: Don’t just stop, step aside first.

Rules for Comicon: Don’t intentionally terrorize small children.

Rules for Comicon: Stare all you want, but ask before you take a picture.

Rules for Comicon: Quit trying to figure out what everyone is supposed to be. This includes gender.

Rules for Comicon: Like something you see? Pay a sincere compliment.

Rules for Comicon: Appreciate how clean the restrooms are.

Rules for Comicon: Avoid bringing the double stroller if you can.

Rules for Comicon: Lighten up and be friendly. People are here to have fun.

Rules for Comicon: Don’t walk and text (or tweet). You’re not as good at it as you think you are.

Rules for Comicon: Prepare to be seen. Yes, I just saw you cute girl with the faded blue hair who graduated with my son.

 

Come to think of it, these aren’t just good rules for Comicon, they’re good rules for life! Well, except for the staring one. You should probably try to avoid staring in real life. It makes people uncomfortable, just in case you weren’t sure.


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Why Does a Hockey Player Want to Follow Me?

I get notifications form WordPress and Twitter when I get new followers. This isn’t shocking. People click on follow buttons all the time, and while it’s nice to see that new people are discovering what I’m up to, it isn’t exactly groundbreaking news when it happens.

Every once in a while I spend a little time checking out those people, and I often follow them back. Sometimes I’ve already followed them, and they’re following me back. Cool.

Now I’m not someone who lives and dies by the numbers. Yes, I love knowing that my little thoughts are floating around in cyberspace and once in a while some of you lovelies read them, and maybe even respond to them. That really does delight me. But I’m not out to win the busiest blog award (is there such a thing?) or the Twitter tweeter with with the most twaffic (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it). I’m not in the big leagues in either category, and I’m okay with that.

On Twitter, though, a lot of the people I follow ARE in the big leagues, at least in terms of their chosen professions. I follow big names in education, writing, politics, entertainment, art, and more. I like to see what makes these folks tick, and reading their tweets gives me some insight. The main take away? They tend to work really hard, and they put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us.

The other day, as I was looking through the new followers (seriously, it sounds like I’m leading a cult or something… I assure you I am not) I came across a fellow who’s a player in the NHL. Yes, folks, a real live professional hockey player. How cool is that?! I hadn’t followed him, and I’m not a huge hockey fan. I know nothing about his team. I don’t even keep up with the team from my childhood (although I did have hockey pictures on my wall the year they went for the Stanley Cup). I don’t DISLIKE hockey, it’s just not a part of my life. So how did this guy find me?

I don’t know, but I have to assume it was either my wit or my ravishing beauty that hooked him. Still, how he stumbled across something I’ve done is beyond me. I’m amazed at the way the internet works, and this is further proof that some things in the universe will never be explained. In the meantime, go Hurricanes!

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