Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Diana at partimemonsterblog.com. If we were having coffee today, on July 23rd, I’d tell you that I have iced mocha or regular coffee, with creamer and two ice cubes in mine, how about you? I’d also tell you–
My son has been working his job regularly, and this is a good thing. It gives him a sense of purpose, even though it may not seem like a “career” job, but he is getting a good number of hours, despite coming home early when it storms. It is an outdoor job, and he loves that sort of thing. I worry about him less when he works, since his mind is occupied and he loves physical work. Wednesday he was off, and we took a nice little walk at the beach, stopping at a quaint coffee shop afterward. I posted a few photos of things seen on our walk Thursday in a post titled, “Echoes of My Neighborhood.”
On the author front, I am trying out Hootsuite for my social media. There was one day I couldn’t post because it had a glitch. But I have set up some posts to start this Weds. We’ll see how it runs! I won’t use it for WordPress, though, because I believe that my voice is more authentic if I write, edit when I can, and post when I am ready. Yes, sometimes that means posting in the moment. I also have been running a Kindle Countdown offer for my latest sci-fi book, Detours in Time, which will be just $1.99 in Kindle format until 7/25, with a comparable savings in the UK. So far, I can say I’ve sold more books than I would have otherwise. That’s the goal! Feel free to check out the preview of my book or to get your own copy at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF I will not reduce this book any lower or put it on free promo. for a while, because I have spent a good amount of money on editing, promo., cover, and marketing materials. A fellow author, Carol James Marshall, wrote a blog post on that, titled “Art is Not Free.” She’s right. Seriously. Imagine if pro- athletes spent the first year of their career earning less money than they spent to get into the game. In fact, a Time.com article states rookies get a “league minimum base salary of $450,000.” * Unreal, right? Our priorities are messed up, when you also consider beginning teachers’ or police officers’ salaries. Ugh. Okay, rant over. Reviews for my book are coming in at an overall average of 4 stars for my first 8 reviews. That’s even good for a batting average, right?
Detours in Time, a sci-fi, time-travel tale.
On that subject of art not being free, I thought of my own reading and buying habits. If something is advertised for free, yes, I’m likely to load it on my Kindle. Heck, I may see two different free books and load them. Will I hurry to read them? No, not unless someone else has recommended. Does anyone value something that is being given away? I’m also less likely to give a review on a free book. I also might likely speed through it. So, I am trying to spread the news and make it seen, so that buyers are more likely to purchase it and value it. This also means I need to learn to use AMS Amazon ads, which is a whole other blog post. 🙂
I had a great weekend with some work buddies at a cookout that was relaxing and led to much over-eating. I am not doing much cardio this summer, just yoga. It’s so hot for cardio! (I live in Florida).I’m also spending a lot of time learning about my avocation as an author, jotting down ideas, spreading news of my book, and honing my writing skill. I love the Flash fiction challenges here on WordPress! This week, I joined in on a Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge and wrote my own, titled “Stairway to Heaven.” You may find it here at https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/stairway-to-heaven-flash-fiction-for-aspiring-writers-fffaw/ for a short escape!
Last night, my boyfriend and I watched the movie, Memento, with Guy Pearce. It came out about fifteen years ago. I recently read a blog post about Christopher Nolan movies, and it was mentioned. I remember that this movie struck me and had an impression on me. It was highly acclaimed in this blog post. I regard it highly as well. While watching, it didn’t seem like my boyfriend liked it. He found it confusing. Well, yes it is. A lot of it goes in reverse order. Not only that, you get glimpses of an event, but not all of the event, so you really can’t figure it out until the end. This movie will disorient you, and I think that is the goal. The main character had a brain injury and has a short-term memory disorder. He can’t make new memories. So, as he’s trying to find out who his wife’s killer is, he is putting together clues that he will forget about moments later unless he takes snapshots, makes notes, or tattoos them on his body. And these brief glimpses we get are probably much like those that a person with such a memory disorder would have. I felt sad for him, because for such a person, it is almost impossible to put the big picture together, much like any viewer of the movie will have trouble predicting where it’s going or even knowing for sure who villains are. Again, the movie does make a point, a very sharp, cutting point. I’m sure that’s the intent.
Thanks for tuning in to my Weekend Coffee Share. It turned out longer than intended, but it does sum up my week. I couldn’t help but get on a tangent with the “Art is not Free” statement. I truly respect the arts and would like to see them elevated in status in our society once again, to include Literature, Art, Poetry, Oral Storytelling ( where people would pay $20 without batting an eye to hear a really good storyteller, just like they pay $50-100 or more for famous musicians and far beyond that for sports games). Ah, maybe I’m just a dreamer. 🙂
If we were having coffee, I’d also ask you about your week. Feel free to share with me, or visit Diana’s blog and add your link to your written coffee share by clicking on the blue button at http://parttimemonsterblog.com/2017/07/22/weekendcoffeeshare-in-which-i-am-a-wee-lazy/ Have a great week!
- The referenced Time article can be found at http://time.com/money/4626448/heres-the-salary-of-every-quarterback-in-the-nfl-playoffs/