A blog post with no title is like a writer with no pen and paper (or in my case laptop). A blog post with no title is [also] like a writer who thinks she has it all together and it begins to tear at the seam.
This has been my month(s). From the beginning of March and its monsterous entrance until the ending of this very month we are about to bid farewell – I have been on a roller coaster ride and if you haven’t read my post from moons ago – I dislike roller coasters. Losing readers isn’t a huge deal, well it can be a huge deal when you’re about to write a book and would like to have some readers at least a couple dozen or thousand readers to look at the finished product. I’ll settle for a couple dozen at this point. What publishers don’t tell you is what your doing “right”. Oh, they love to tell you it’s not exactly what consumers are reading these days. What are they, the consumers reading besides text messages and I don’t want to sound braggy, but I will, the content of my book is a lot funnier than their, the consumers text messages. I don’t have an emoji under each paragraph, perhaps that’s the problem. I don’t have paragraphs, that’s the problem! Perhaps it is due to the fact my [book] plan was never to have a novel written by the end of 2040, but to have exactly the type of book I enjoy reading. Me, the consumer. I found myself floating around the glorious display of books at Barnes and Noble last week. Confession, I was to be at my husbands office working on his biz page and updating his social media biz page but pages of different material called to me so I walked across the street to B&N. Displays surrounded me and I found myself just standing there feeling rather small and sheepish. Like I could actually have a book contract with a mega book store – maybe just maybe the mom and pop book store that is so desparate for new reads will take pitty on me and give me a contract for free coffee with each book sold.
Barnes and Noble has always been one of my favorite book stores. A long time ago, Borders Books was my go to place where I would meet friends on a Friday night and sit in the cool cafe drinking espresso and reading garden books and books about dogs. And every now and then I would pick out a book with amazing photos and warm inspirational quotes. Now these books are everywhere. And they make the best gifts for like-minded readers who enjoy cute fuzzy animals who give you inspiration while you sip your mint tea.
My book writing has been placed on its own shelf for about three weeks. My laptop crashed, or so I thought and it turned out to be something simple – like the charger. I’m blessed to have a husband who is patient because I usually have a melt down thinking I’ll need a new laptop, or never be able to write this dang-gone book because of a charger! A charger was ordered and delivered by the time I devoured a bag of Pirate’s Booty. Costco size Pirate’s Booty. Only two days and the charger was at my door step. Don’t judge me on the cheesey puffs. I sat down to begin searching for some of the best photos I could find of Murphy. Clarity. Remember that word from another post, clarity is the key as well as crisp brightness. Learning to look for resolution in a picture for me is like looking for a contact when it falls on tile flooring. I no longer wear contacts. If I have fifty photos of Murphy scattered across my dining room table, I’m partial to each one. I can’t subtract any! Most definitely there will be shadows and lacking clarity and maybe someones big head in the background, but those pictures are perfect to me. And then experts come in to the picture, no pun intended, letting me know they don’t agree with my choices. I guess it’s what we pay the experts for. That’s what my husband says. So he’s an expert and people pay him but guess what – they aren’t looking at pictures of my dog who I happen to think she makes a bad hair day for a Golden Retriever look pretty amazing. Insert a new bag of Pirate’s Booty.
Apple gets sick. She’s home from school for two days and she’s miserable being home. College Daughter is healthy but frazzled because two labs are due by the end of April. Do you ever wonder what sitting in class was like before you were married and had kids? I digressed…. Football Superstar has three new clients coming in from two different states. He’s been busy, which is great, but that sometimes leaves us with a thirty minute briefing over morning coffee before one of us needs to move on with the days agenda. What we both agree on is that family time is needed and that means no laptop, cell phones, Alexa or TV. My supportive husband did come up with a great plan and that is when it is time to unplug from the world, this will give me the perfect time to plug in and begin creating those pages. Take more photos with a camera and enjoy every moment of unplugging from the real world. We’ll come back to the real world and when we do hopefully more refreshed and feeling less frazzled about labs and SOLs.
And maybe by the time I create another post for this blog – it’ll have a title.