Archive for December, 2012

Girl Scout Cookies

There are shy salesmen, aren’t there? Selling anything terrifies most shy souls and this one didn’t venture beyond Girl Scout cookies. Back in the day I went door to door and was expected to push those vinilla creams. I hated it. Rejection should be easier now. It isn’t.

In my writing world infancy I gave little thought to the business hidden behind the creativity. Oh, I dreaded the editing. After all, what’s wrong with the first draft? Self-promotion hadn’t risen its complex spirit.

My shyness is waking me at odd hours with jabbing thoughts about blog ideas and how to prepare for an upcoming bookclub interview and a book signing and reading.

Silly me, the first worry was what to wear. The second was “how can I thank my readers?” Gift Bags! I started ordering some creepy alligators, (toys, my friend)bug spray, and chewing gum. You understand…swamp survival , similar to selling Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies.

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Atomic Cricket

Dear God in Heaven…my precious pink Dell quite suddenly blared out a fearfully awful racket similar to an atomic cricket. I choked on my cereal bar, frantically pounded on the power button, and prayed. Fortunately it turned off!

I stared at a black void and prayed again. I prayed some more as visions of all that computer contained: my books, blogs, and bitty-tiny bank accounts slugged through my clammy and trembling mind. I offered yet another prayer but not to the technology god. No, not this time. This prayer was sent to My Real God.

After the shaking stopped I took in a couragous breath and gently pushed the power button.  Mr. Windows advertising never looked so sweet. My desktop photo of my beloved giraffs danced across the access to my writing world. I love giraffs, ugly but graceful like my precious pink laptop.  Prayers are answered.

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