I’ve been having a very hard time trying to figure out what to blog about here at KillerYear. For today’s post, I’ve started four different topics, getting a paragraph into each one and deciding that no, this isn’t right.
I started to explain why I’m most likely going to hell for finding things that shouldn’t be funny uproariously amusing… See, I told you I’m going to hell.
I started into an explanation of why I’m so nervous about attending my first real writer’s conference. Granted, I’m going to spend four days with the people I respect most in this industry. I’m meeting my editor and my publisher for the first time. I have drink dates lined up with amazing writers, and I can’t wait to get to Phoenix and finally become one of the group. Not to mention I get to meet so many of my Classmates in person. We’re going to trot out our newly minted t-shirts, network our asses off, and I’m going to poison every plant at the Biltmore by surreptitiously pouring shots of Jagermeister into their depths. It’s going to be a wonderful time.
I riffed for several sentences about how, strangely, the juices are flowing mightily on the new book, and in the midst of the chaos theory that permeates my life, I’ve been surpassing my designated daily word count goals. And now I’m leaving, interrupting the flow, and I’ll be curious if I can keep on track.
None of these had the steam to go anywhere. I guess some days are just easier than other. What it really boils down to is I want to entertain you, enlighten you, leave you with some nugget of information that will help your further your career or make you smile. In short, I want you to like me. I figure if I take on the aspect of America’s most beloved pork product, who wouldn’t?
But I’m a realist. I’m not as funny as Brett, as insightful as Sandra, as plugged in as Jason. I blog over at Murderati, giving my perspective on the writing life, and that’s easier for me, in many ways. But I use up all my material, and find myself worrying about what to put here, in this glorious spot.
I don’t want to bore you, or waste your time.
I think this neurosis is inherent to the creative community. I’m a pretty confident person, even about my writing. Sometimes. Most of the time. Okay, maybe not so much. But I’d like to think that a year from now, when I have ARCs and book signings lined up, that I’ll be as confident as I can be in my writing abilities.
But when it comes to blogging – HA! The joke’s on me. These weekly columns have been wonderful for my creative side, keeping me disciplined about getting work done, but it stresses me out like you wouldn’t believe. I have a dry sense of humor. Things that are amusing to me may not be to others. I’m always afraid that I’m going to say something that might offend… someone, somewhere. It’s all the training I received growing up, I believe.
The recent blogosphere, ahem, controversy is a prime example of the lack of nuance that appears in blog posting and comments. Absent varied and sundry emoticons, it’s hard to let people know when you’re being sarcastic. Dry wit doesn’t translate. Despite my best efforts, I’m not as talented as I’d like to be when it comes to making a column laugh out loud funny.
I’ve begun to ramble, so I’ll cut this off here. As you read this, I’m deep in the heart of Phoenix, meeting and greeting, trying to put my best foot forward. I leave you with this question. What scares you the most about this industry??? Agents? Editors? Bad reviews? Or boring as hell blog posts???
A quick programming note regarding the Weekend Update – The KillerYear Classmates will be blogging live from ThrillerFest, so tune in to be dazzled and astounded!
Also, from Jan Burke’s wonderful Crime Lab Project…
Two Phone Calls for Forensic Science
Those of you who are Americans can help to improve forensic science services in all 50 states and the U.S. territories by making two phone calls, one to each of your U.S. Senators.
Please ask your senators to increase funding for the Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Act.
To learn your senators’ phone numbers, go to the U.S. Senate Website. In the upper right corner, you’ll see “Find Your Senators” and a pulldown menu for your state. Congressional contact information is also available on the Crime Lab Project Website.
Please make these phone calls today!
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