Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A Texas Christmas

I have a post on the Suspense Sisters Blog today: A Texas Christmas. I thought you might wish to check it out.

Merry Christmas, y'all.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Social Media and Me

A former pastor, Dr. Bruce McIver, used to tell me that the hardest part of his job wasn't preaching to the unchurched, but keeping the churched from leaving. I thought of this recently as I considered what it takes for an author to get and keep readers. And the hardest part isn't writing. It's not crafting a synopsis or back cover copy. It's not even getting a contract or arranging for indie-publication. It's keeping up with social media. What made me think of all that? This YouTube video, wherein the speaker talks about leaving social media altogether. I highly recommend that you watch it.

For writers, of course, this is heresy. We're told we need a "platform," whatever that is, and have to be on every form of social media in order to "get our name out there." Yet pull most folks in the publishing industry aside where no one will hear, say you won't quote them, and they'll admit that the best advertising is word-of-mouth--and the most effective way to get that is by writing excellent books. So where should we spend our time--building a "platform" or writing?

On my walk a couple of mornings ago, I thought about the time spent writing this blog, finding posts for my FB fan page, checking occasionally for comments on my Goodreads page, and sometimes visiting the pages I've established at Pinterest. All of this is time that I could spend working on my next novel.

So here's what I plan to do. I'm taking the month of December off from posting on this blog (unless I have something important to say). I'll probably post on my FB fan page occasionally, but not necessarily every day. My visits to other social media sites will continue, but they'll be limited. And I intend to spend the time I save on the planning and thinking that goes into writing a good book...maybe a couple.

I'll see you again in January...probably. Meanwhile, try limiting your own social media involvement. You may like it.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Writing: Interview With Author Marji

I'm hosting author Marji Laine today at the Suspense Sisters blog. Click here to join us.

See you again on Tuesday, with a rather important announcement.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Today is Thanksgiving. The day means different things to different people. To some people, it means turkey, dressing, and Mom's sweet potato casserole. For others it's a day spent in front of the TV set watching football. To many, it's a day to be with family.

Unfortunately, for some it's another day of wondering where they'll sleep, what they'll eat, how they'll stay warm and dry. We are blessed people. Give thanks, but also plan to do something for someone less fortunate. Pay it forward. You'll be glad you did.

May I wish you and yours a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


The late Blackie Sherrod used to do a column which he titled "Scattershooting while wondering what ever happened to..." (fill in the blanks).  I've stolen...er, borrowed that line before, and I thought that on this Tuesday before Thanksgiving I might give it another try. Here goes:

Was I the only person who thought that political social media posts would become less frequent and even gentler after the election? Obviously, I was wrong.

Did anyone this this was the year the Cubs would not only play in, but win the World Series?

Football fans, are you still reeling from the record of the Dallas Cowboys at this point in the football season? And they've done it with a third-string quarterback taken in the fourth round of the draft.

Have you wondered why the stores begin putting out their Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving? Now if you haven't done your shopping by this time in November, whatever you decide to give is probably back-ordered.

And so it goes. What are your random thoughts? Want to share them with the readers of this blog? I look forward to reading them.