08 September 2013

It's Always Something...

Photo courtesy of Daylight's Dauphin blog: http://dignandaylightdauphin.blogspot.com/
Gilda Radner. Hard to believe she's been gone long enough for an entire generation not to know who she was. "It just goes to show ya, it's always something," was her character Rosanne Rosannadanna's signature line."If it's not one thing, it's another."

And it's true. There's always something else to contend with, to do, to learn. It's what keeps us alive and cognizant as humans, this constant stimulation to develop new skills.

Especially for writers. Oh. Mah. Gawd. There are fluctuations in punctuation rules. Publishers each have their own formatting preferences. (Do any still take paper manuscript submissions?) My own personal bugaboo: characters overusing certain gestures. How can I convey a head-shaking moment without having them shake their head so much? The little nuances of facial expressions must be described in many different ways.

Then there's the marketing aspect every published author must face. How can I get more people to read my stuff? I'm on Goodreads--and need to update my page. Amazon--I need to update my page with every new release. My website must constantly be updated. Blog posts--well, you've seen how sporadic I am about those. Social media that seemingly changes with every tick of the clock. Keeping up is exhausting--but it's good for brain stimulation.

I taught myself some HTML code way back in the early days. It has come in handy many times. I also played around with photo manipulation and learning to format images for bookmarks, postcards, and business cards. One should also create Q-R codes (Quick Response) for smart phones to zip someone right to your Amazon page or website. Now I'll conquer learning how to use The Square to accept credit card payments at signing events. Once I learn how to use my tablet, of course.

There is no limit to how much we can learn because there is no limit of how much there is to learn. What's truly in short supply is time.

 It just goes to show ya...

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