Bev left me for a girls’ weekend in Seaside, Oregon, so it was just me, two dogs, one devil cat, ten quail, six chickens and two rabbits. Just one big happy family, right? Bev had a great time despite the wet weather, and I had a productive weekend catching up on some writing projects and some past episodes of NCIS, one of the few television shows I will watch regularly. I also ate a bit too much, but oh well.
Let’s see, what else happened this weekend? I repaired a few things on the various animal shelters in the backyard. I built the foundation for the new chicken coop we will be needing next month, and I priced a few things at Home Depot so I have an idea how much the rabbit cages I’m planning on building will cost. I even managed to lift weights and go for a few walks over the weekend, so I’m feeling quite virtuous.
Why am I telling you this mundane stuff?
Read and learn!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
A writer approached me the other day and asked me how I have managed to have such a large following. First of all, my following, compared to say, James Patterson, is miniscule, so calling my following “large” is a bit of a stretch. Still, to this woman, who was just starting out and had five followers, I imagine it did appear like I had a large following.
I’ll tell you what I told her. For me, the human connection is what it is all about. When I first started out I was determined to establish a bond…a connection…with my readers and with my peers. I believe very strongly about this. In a society that seems to be growing more apart daily, I think the human connection is crucial. Anyone who runs a business who does not understand this basic truth will fail in their business.
And I believe it is that connection that has allowed me to have so many followers. People know me as a real person. There is no pretense with me. My words tell you who I am. If you met me face-to-face tomorrow you would come away from that meeting thinking “he was exactly how I imagined.” So I’m not just another writer or writer wannabe. I’m a real human being, and if you allow me to be, I’m your friend. And sink or swim, that’s how I will always approach my peers and reading public.
TIP OF THE DAY
Open up! Make like a flower and spread those pedals so others can see the beauty inside.
REQUEST OF THE DAY
If I do not already follow your blog, please leave me a link of that blog in the comment section. I want to follow you and get to know you…so please, do that for me.
SUGGESTION OF THE DAY
There are still some of you who have not taken me up on my offer to do a guest post here on this blog. It will be good exposure for you and another step on your ladder of fame. J The only stipulation is that it has to be about writing.
THAT’S ALL FOR NOW
I have a little emergency with the quail to take care of, so I’ll cut this short. Sorry about that, but my little critters need me. Have a wonderful week of writing and remember…reach out and touch someone.
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”