Updating your social platform: How long has it been?

I have preached here before on the importance of having an author’s platform which includes online and in real life. But how many do? How many feel it is a good idea but never get around to it? From my experience from the people in my writing circle in this area very few do regardless of the reasons.

But to the few that do how often do you go back and check your sites?I try to do a health check on my various sites every three months. Do I do it? No, not always. But it is a vital tool in your kit to not only have a platform but a healthy one.

You might not have updated your books. You might have a different bio that you are using now. You might not like the style or theme you are using and want a change. You just might want something different since it is a new year.

But that is not the only reason. If you don’t keep your platform healthy and active that can affect your presence. How many times have you gone to a site and see that it is outdated? Or worse that it has no new information to share with you? Perhaps you been to a site and see that links or videos are no longer working. Maybe there was a glitch in the system and your site now is not how you had it.

Yes, life has a way of getting in the way that can slow us down. My family just suffered a huge emotional lost and I have not been around. But as I made my rounds I fixed things here and there, spruce up other things and showed I was active.

It is time-consuming to go over all of our author’s platform but it is well worth it for you, your books and your brand.

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Time why you punish me?

 

This is one of my favorite songs.

The years keep going faster it seems as time goes on. This has been something I been saying for a few years now. Well, one day I mentioned it to my mom and she said this. When you are younger you have so much time ahead of you. You are young and not thinking of time. You are thinking of school, marriage, work and friends But as you get older you have more years behind you than in front of you and that is when you notice that time is going by faster than ever before.

When she said this it just clicked. It made perfect sense once I heard it explained that way. And that is what it is. As we get older we pay more attention than ever before. As I round another decade a few years ago it seems the years are speeding.

We need to make good use of our time regardless of our age. And in the grand scheme of things we are really not on this planet a long time. When you think of the trees, land and various architecture around the world we are just a small drop in a big ocean. What we do during that span is up to us.

As we wait for Christmas and what it means to us and the New Year may it be a great season for you all. I’ll be back next year.

The lyrics:

Time why you punish me
Like a wave bashing into the shore
You wash away my dreams

Time why you walk away
Like a friend with somewhere to go
You left me crying

Can you teach me ’bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
‘Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time

Time I don’t understand
Children killing in the street
Dying for the color of red

Time there red and blue
Wash them in the ocean, make them clean
Maybe their mother won’t cry tonight

Can you teach me about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
But tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in

Time is wasting time is walking
You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind
Thinking about time
And if I die tomorrow
Just lay…

Time is wasting time is walking
You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind
Thinking about time

Time you left me standing there
Like a tree growing all alone
The wind just stripped me bare
Stripped me bare

Time the past has come and gone
The future’s far away
And now only lasts for one second, one second

Can you teach me ’bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow, running free
‘Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time

You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind

Walking, wasting
You ain’t no friend of mine
And I don’t know where I’m goin’
No don’t know

Time without courage
And time without fear
Is just wasted, wasted
Wasted time

Time why you punish me

Songwriters: Mark Bryan / Dean Felber / Darius Rucker / Jim Sonefeld

Time lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

 

2018 NaNoWriMo winner:Yay!

 

As I mentioned earlier I decided to embark on doing NaNoWriMo for 2018. This is where you attempt to write 50K words in the month of November. Thankfully on the 19th of November I crossed that barrier at 50.065. I continued to work on this manuscript for November but not at the pace well the manic pace I was doing prior to getting the words needed.

I was reminded over the 19 days why I don’t do NaNo as regular as I use to. My first try was in 2011 and I won and continued the next two-year winning those as well. But the toil to accomplish this is hard especially if one has a job, family, one is ill or a host of other things . So I always try to get it done early. My best time was when I won NaNo in 15 days but that was harsh. But it is a good feeling being 4-0 as my record for this.

It is a fun thing to do don’t get me wrong. The people I meet and hang out is inspiring and motivating. Meeting new people and new writers to hang out with in the future is a definite win.

Will I do NaNo next year I am not sure. At the moment I think not. But considering how I decided I was doing NaNo 2018 three days before it started could happen again.