Well, Jasper now has a voice. No, wait. He has always had a voice in this house. For an animal that can learn words and learn to string words together to form a sentence(he does this on his own which shows the intelligence of this animal) he is able to show us about 75% of the time what he is thinking or feeling. I think those are pretty good odds.
But now he has a voice online. Why? Well last week Jasper was interviewed. No, not me being interviewed. Nope, the books were not discussed. Jasper himself was interviewed. I will get into that next week.
So now he has a Twitter and Facebook page account plus a few other sites and he is having a blast. But Twitter and Facebook it will be from his point of view strictly.
His Twitter account is @JasperTWilliam1
For some reason Twitter removed the s. There isn’t a @JasperTWilliams on Twitter. I checked.
On Facebook he is at : https://www.facebook.com/JasperAmazonParrot/
The title of his page is: Jasper,Amazon Parrot: What the fluff is all about
That is an appropriate title for this animal.
He is having fun though and if you are interested, and let’s be honest help a rescued bird out, check out the sites and follow him. I will let him know to check both accounts and to follow back.
This past weekend was our yearly author’s showcase at our main library. I have been to everyone of them minus one.
The expectations of other authors there can either be realistic, some what optimism or beyond reality. I am at realistic and that happened after the first year. LOL
I did sell books. That is one plus. I was able to hang out with writers I knew, writers I did not know and reconnect to writers I had not seen in a while. It was fantastic.
Being realistic in my expectations has helped me enjoy the moment with like minded people. Once I reached that stage I am able to enjoy this event a whole lot better.
But a few more pluses happened. A teacher from a private school was looking at my books. She asked if I be interested in coming to her school to talk to the students. It was hard for me to let her finish so I could tell her yes. A chance to talk about the books, writing and myself is a wonderful opportunity.
Another plus was the writer who was sitting at the table next to me who is a children’s author. She and I struck up a conversation along with the woman next to her on the other side. We decided we should hang out. For the area we live in and the size it is you’d think there be more groups for writers but you have to really dig to find them.
So. yes new friends, new opportunities and a really nice Saturday afternoon.
Here in this state they have two residences where writers can gather with other writers and work on their projects. One such program there is a fee the other there is not. The one that has no fee you do have to bring everything with you. This could go from bedding, food, towels and everything you would need if you were home. But again it is free. There is no internet in the house but in one room which is the library which can hopefully help you to work on your writing without that distraction.
Well known authors of this state has gone through this place and have made repeated stops. The quietness, the away from social media and finally taking time to just concentrate on your work can be so instrumental to you as an author. Plus you can help others as they help you on your work. Another plus is forging friendships with new people in your field that can last a lifetime which is priceless.
Yes, I will be trying to get into the free one. I know the waiting list is probably long but the good part is the stay is just two weeks per year. You an break that up into two one weeks or all at one time so the turnover is pretty good. With life being hectic time away to work on one’s project could be a vacation of sorts.