Monthly Archives: May 2013

My “Buy It Now” Button has been installed!

If you look slightly down and to the right you’ll see the cover of my novel and my “buy it now” button. For anyone interested in purchasing my printed version of “Seascape” it is now easy to do so by clicking on the available link. I am about half way through selling my printed copies after only one month of sales.

If you want to know more about my novel click on the page for “Seascape” at the top of this page.

It is available in all e-reader formats and of course iTunes is great because you can read a large sample of the book before purchasing.

“wanton not wonton”

Writing can be a very solitary profession but some of us are lucky enough to develop fellowship and friendships with like-minded people. Over a decade ago I met and worked with a great woman who became one of the dearest friends I have ever had. The job ended but we found out we had a shared interest in writing. Our friendship deepened as we began to explore creative writing together. It took us a few years but we achieved our first significant written achievements within weeks of each other. I am excited that she has begun blogging because her writing deserves to be read!

wanton word flirt

Deciding upon a name for my blog was not as simple as I expected. Every creative name I could think of turned out not to be unique, all being in use already. All the fun cliche titles were also taken including coloring outside the lines, painting without numbers, writing between the lines, driven to abstraction, etc. Finally I decided upon “word flirt” only to find out a writer had it copyrighted as her business name. So I decided to add “wanton” in front of word flirt to make it my title; simple yet creative. So I hoped.

Wanton: playful, frolicsome, undisciplined, unrestrained, excessive, overabundant

Upon telling someone I had started a new blog called “Wanton Word Flirt”, they said: “Wonton? What do wontons have to do with writing?” <SIGH>

Wonton: A noodle-dough dumpling filled with spiced minced pork or other meats, usually boiled in soup, or fried and served as…

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I am a neophyte

I am not totally new around here but I am new enough to admit I don’t know much.

I joined WordPress not really to blog, but to have a website location to direct people so they might purchase my novel. I am a novelist not a blogger (she sniffs haughtily). I did not intend on blogging but I began in order to assist the development of my advertising platform like some publishing/advertising guru directed. (My posts are a little long winded. I am trying harder to cut them down). Now I am hooked, and don’t think I am going to go away anytime soon. There are just too many great writers around here, and I like writing something different from my current project.

Since I am going to stick around I better start learning how to navigate this site. I have a few questions for you, answer as many as you like.

1) What are the written/unwritten rules of blogging as you see them? What are your pet peeves about other bloggers? What should I avoid doing? What do you enjoy others doing?

2) I see many other bloggers linking music and/or videos from artists? Isn’t this against copyright laws?

3) Explain the whole blogging awards thing to me. I know they are for encouragement and for fun but I can’t make the damn things work. Cutting and pasting didn’t work.

4) What are five of your favorite blogs?

I can write a blog and do the very basics, but not much more. I am not helpless; I am technologically adaptive, meaning if you explain it to me I can figure things out. (Just tonight I figured out on my own how to install my “buy it now” button for my novel. It should appear in the next few days.)

I would really like to get the most out of this experience. I want to have fun with it. Up until now, I have been half-assing it because I was pressed for time. I don’t have more time but I have decided to spend less time sleeping, primping, dusting, cooking, organizing and eating. I am learning to love reading at my computer. In the past couple of months with little effort on my part I have been introduced to great blogs with incredible writers and people passionate about writing such as:

http://ericjohnbaker.wordpress.com/
http://1writeway.com/
http://petedenton.wordpress.com/

I want more.

So if you have a few minutes, please help a neophyte out?