Tuesday, April 26, 2016

While Houston Was Flooding, Ideas Were Flowing

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I’m back at the Library after 7 days of conferencing: Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in Houston (where all my family was afraid I was going to float away) and DFW Writers Conference in my hometown of Fort Worth. I won’t really have any kind of downtime until Saturday, if I don’t find something to do in that time, as well (apparently this weekend there is this fantastic Lavender Festival at Becker Vineyards, down near Fredericksburg…hmm).

The conferencing has really stirred up those creative juices in me. Being around all those authors at TLA and all of the writing sessions at DFWCon, just really put me in the mood to get to it when it comes to my writing. Unfortunately, the moment that I got back into my real, working world, everything has come to a screeching halt.

Being away from work for 5 days does something to me. It makes me forget that there are so many duties that must be accomplished before I rest and work on the dream. Trying to even attempt to be creative during this time has just frustrated me. It’s only Tuesday and I feel I’ve gotten zero done towards my goals for the week. It doesn’t help that I am a high school librarian, it’s time to buy prom tickets, and my Seniors and Juniors must clear their fines with me before they can buy their tickets. When you have little girls crying because they didn’t realize if they never returned books, they would eventually get marked lost, and their fees now include 4 lost books!

Okay, so I did do one thing to help kick me in the butt to get things done- I linked all my social media to my webpage and my business page. It may not seem like much, but I really need to at least look like I’m a professional at this writing business, right? At both conferences, the importance of social media was made apparent. Building a platform where people can find and follow you is so vital to a business, a writer, and a program. I finally got it. It finally clicked.

So, I ask if you are reading this right now, please follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or even Pinterest (where you really get to see the deep recesses of a persons’ thought processes!). The links are at the top right hand side of this page. I’m still working on the LinkedIn widget, but I’ll get there. An author page for Facebook isn’t far behind. Let’s connect!