Monthly Archives: April 2010

Online Image: To Share or Not to Share

I read a great blog by Jessica Faust from Bookends, LLC today about online persona and social networking. I especially enjoyed the comment of one reader who tracked the agents and publishers she was querying on twitter, only to find they were busy doing everything BUT reading her manuscript! I’ll definitely be adding a quick twitter search to my agent research list.

The idea of separating my personal/informal online life from my professional/business online life isn’t new, but Jessica’s comments and those of her readers gave me more to think about when it comes to this website and blog. To that end, I’ve decided to turn on comments here. I’ve resisted, mostly because of the threat of spammers and other internet nastiness, but I love the idea of discussion, not just me telling you what I think. Honestly, it’s kind of selfish of me – your ideas and comments are probably much more interesting than mine – so I’m probably getting the better end of the deal!

As for the topic of social networking and how personal to post: it’s my intention to only post about things that I’m truly invested in. There has to be some personal tone, I think, but you won’t hear me talking or tweeting about my kids going on the potty. And I hope to give you more than ‘Buy my Book.’

And both my kids are potty trained. Our next hurdle? Driving.

Heaven help us!

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My New Least Favorite Words: I need my glasses

Maybe I’m ignorant or just naïve, but the concept of aging gracefully is completely lost on me.  Yeah, I got the black Over the Hill balloon when I turned forty.  I started getting mammograms and paying more attention to saving for retirement.  I even spotted a gray hair or two on top of my head.  But I didn’t feel old.

Not until I went to the eye doctor last year.

“Let me guess, you’re forty-three,” he said with a smirk.  “You need reading glasses.”

I wanted to slap him.

Now, I have nothing against glasses.  They’re stylish and give the wearer an intellectual look.  Many of the people I love wear glasses on a daily basis.  But reading glasses?  My parents wear reading glasses and they’re old.  (Sorry, Mom and Dad)

All right, it’s not really the glasses.  It’s the fact I need them.  My eyesight’s always been good, and as a reader and writer, it’s my bread and butter.  But last year, I’d noticed reading was exhausting, even headache-inducing.  When the doctor showed me how much clearer things could be with reading glasses, I rejoiced – at first.

The problem is that now I know I can’t see as well, I seem to need the glasses all the time!  Not just for the microscopic printing on the bottom of the mascara bottle, but on simple things like ingredients listings and nutrition labels.  Sometimes I can cheat and hold tiny writing at arm’s length – but that’s even more embarrassing than the glasses!  What’s next?  Pearl glasses holders strung around my neck?

Every time I reach for or hunt down my reading glasses, I’m reminded I’m more than likely on the downhill side of my life.  I’d like to think I’m not vain, but knowing the end of this wild ride is closer than the beginning is sobering.  Can you see why I don’t really love my glasses?

I shouldn’t complain, I know, I should be happy I’ll be able to see my family and my work with the help of my glasses.  I should celebrate that I don’t have to wear them all the time.  Heck, they’re even kind of cute.

Fine, I’ll stop whining and go make dinner.  Course, to read the recipe…

I need my glasses!

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