Blog the first

My first blog, my first Twitter account, my second or third Facebook account. It’s work. I admit it. I’m a man from an earlier era, a pre-facetwit time when telephones had dials and digital meant you just got a cool new wristwatch for your birthday and it glowed in the dark!

I just turned 55 yesterday and I don’t feel as old as, say, my grandparents were when they were 55. Or my parents. It’s a number. I get it. But still….

So I’m learning all this new social media stuff in earnest. Trying to figure out what goes where, what I need to cut-and-paste from one site to the other. Accidentally closing tabs I needed open.  I’m reasonably intelligent, but it gets overwhelming for a man of a certain stubbornness. It’s not that I’m resistant to change… it’s just that I wish it wouldn’t, at least not so fast.

I had the simple idea of writing a book. It took me a long time, many drafts, many distractions, but I wrote it. And edited it. And rewrote and re-edited. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words through the years, probably a dozen earlier novels packed in cardboard boxes, but Ordinary Handsome was different for me. The idea came to me when I was in my thirties, half-written, and then set aside. I picked it up again about three years ago, scrapped most of it, but left the core. And it grew. And it haunted me. It’s not the same novel I began when I was in my early thirties. And I hope like hell people like it. And even if they don’t, that’s fine. I like it. And that’s a big deal to me, because I’ve waited this long to publish something that I liked well enough to send out to an unsuspecting public.

So I had to learn (and am still learning) self-promotion. It’s a bitch for a shy man to promote himself and his work to the world, but here we are. My first blog. Enjoy! And let me know what you think.


10 responses to “Blog the first”

  1. I’m enjoying your blog ;-). I’m about the same age and equally daunted by the complexity of social media and how it all works. Downloading apps and widgets and “stuff” still gives in bouts of anxiety. As soon as I learn one thing, there’s something new. Thankfully, writing is still writing.

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  2. Thank you for that. 🙂 Initially, I started my blog strictly as a self-promotional tool, but I’m not a salesman… I realized that almost right away. I’ve sold a few copies of the book, so I’m happy about that. And you’re right, writing is still writing, and that’s my thing. If a few people enjoy it, then it’s been a success. And blogging, I think, has made me a better writer. So it’s all good. 🙂

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  3. And I’M happy you published your books too. I have them both. And I will buy every one you publish. I believe in your talent. And best of all, I enjoy your books 🙂 Congratulations on your 1000th post.

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