Robin Author Greetings Miss Noob! It sounds like you have been very busy. Good for you! Are you happy with self-publishing? I wish you every success!
bputtroff User Thank you, Birdie. :) I actually have been pretty pleased with self-publishing. It started out as sort of a lark -- to see what the response to my writing would be, but for the past almost year and a half now, it's been my main source of income, which is something I NEVER expected. I've had a lot of fun with it and learned a lot. At this point in time, while of course I would never turn my nose at the white stag of a lovely traditional publishing deal, I think I do as well, or better, on my own than I would with a "typical" offer from a publishing house.
rstemple Author Avandamme...Get ready to be SNAP-ed. I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this, but when I see your name I’m reminded of one Jean-Claude who, when last I saw him, was kicking someone’s ass or throwing them off of a bridge or something. Bad acting aside, that man could throw a punch. I think we can work with that. By your own admission, you add crazy twists, and unapologetically banter off topic when you can’t think of anything to write so... much like our other heroic Van Damme, you just go full force into the fury and roundhouse kick your way to the other side. But let’s not forget softer side to the Van Damme pair. We have Alex the guitar playing, painting, letting someone else drive lover of exclamation points, and Jean Claude the I’m sure he did something sensitive amidst all the butt kicking but I probably fell asleep during that part of the movie. Yes, I think avandamme is an approved screen name. SNAP! Ruben PS. I'm not s ure if your previous post was a request for SNAPping or if you were just wondering, but I'm procrastinating on my studies so thank you for the opportunity for diversion.
Robin Author BP (I feel funny calling you that! Maybe Ruben could baptize you with a name that matches your beautiful face!) Anyway, you make the whole idea of self-publishing more enticing. You're able to keep more of the revenue, as well as control your direction. (And chose your cover art, as well!) Apart from writing good stories, you must have a bit of business and social network savvy, a good editor and a great self-publishing company. The idea overwhelms me. And you have the time to write as well?
rstemple Author Welcome self-proclaimed and self-published noob (seems like a contradiction)! Apologies for interrupting your conversation with my last post, but SNAPping waits for no one. Congrats on self publishing and for joining the forum. I've often thought about self-publishing (I have to finish writing something worthy first). This site is great and the forums are a fun place to exchange ideas. Ruben still procrastinating
bputtroff User There are definitely advantages to self-publsihing -- and challenges as well, such as finding my own beta readers and editors and a cover artist. I don't actually use a self-publishing company, I am the self-publishing "company". I do all of my own formatting for e-books (and some on the side for others as well), work directly with e-book sellers, and then contract out for cover design and print formatting (because I am not an artist, nope nope nope). I think the field of self publishing is radically different today than it was even five years ago. The hardest thing to keep up with is how fast everything changes!
bputtroff User You didn't interrupt my conversation -- I'm pretty sure I interrupted yours. :) This site does seem great, with definitely some fantastic people. I'm enjoying "meeting" you all. Self-publishing has definitely changed the literary landscape... it's sort of exciting in a "taking over the Wild West" way. There's still a place for the established cities on the "old" frontier, though, I think.
Essie Author OK. Wow. You guys. How the hell did I miss following the rest of this thread! I greatly apologize for *clearly* falling off the face of the earth for, what? 4 weeks?! Geeeeeeeeeeze. Need more sleep. Or more caffeine. Or maybe less. I've lost track. First things first, Ruben I about died with your rant on my name-changingness. Well done sir. *hats off* BP! I never said welcome! So, Welcome! It's so great to meet more writers, especially ones with such a wide range of experience. Yay! Since I'm a month late, I'll keep this one short. :blush: Bye!
Robin Author Hi Ruben, I'm just now reading your response to my first post. Sorry it took me so long! I got caught up in reading a very long novel, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL. Has anyone ever read this? It was written well before HARRY POTTER and NIGHT CIRCUS. An amazing book. Amazingly detailed. And long. Did I already say that? I can see where Rowling and Morgenstern might have been influenced by this. At the very least they would have built upper body strength lifting it. O, my name:Birdie is a nickname. My family is big on them. I have so many. For example, Piggy, Bun-Bun, Stinky, Puff-puddle, Beaner and BLEEP (censored by Essie). So, I chose what I thought brought out my most glamorous qualities. Birdie. Rather chic, isn't it? Thank you for asking.
Essie Author Birdie! First, love the new profile pic. As Ruben already pried into your username, I must pry into the picture. Dare I ask, lest I reveal my ignorance? Aw, what the heck. Who is it? lol Second, eeeeeeee! I'm so excited! I saw "Night Circus" so automatically had to look up your novel recommendation. After reading the synopsis I can't wait to read "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" myself. Unfortunately it shall have to go in the queue as I restarted "Interview with a Vampire" in hopes to finish it this time (I have a bad habit of that). It's going well, but is a much longer book than I remember it being the first time around. Your family sounds like my family. I have far too many nicknames. Essie is self appointed, because all the family nicknames are far to embarrassing to post online. My favorite of yours is Puff-puddle! haha I feel there's a story peeking from behind that one. But yes, I do like Birdie. Quite chic indeed. :) As I read through th is thread again, I saw you had mentioned a Writer's Group on Facebook; I'd love to follow them from TBL if you don't mind sharing the group name! :)
rstemple Author Welcome back to the thread Essie! We were falling low on our smilie face quota so I'm glad you're here to help get us back up to speed. :woohoo: Hopefully you were out doing something fun and exciting and worthy of many exclamation points. :whistle: I've been a bit absent myself lately. I had to finish a certification exam, get a teaching license, and you know, keep the little one from falling off of things or eating stuff from the yard. I have a few days now to focus on some writing and I'm glad to have TBL back in full inspirational force. Birdie, I'm going to make a guess on the new pic. It looks like Salvador Dali. Besides painting weird clocks, he also wrote a novel. It's not the best novel I've ever read, but it was interesting. Are you also an artist/novelist? Certainly with that many nicknames you have the ability to carry yourself with a personality that suits your situation. What makes you choose Birdie for this forum? Ruben
Essie Author Well, shoot. Now I feel obligated to inundate each of my posts with smilies to uphold my reputation. :blink: Sigh. Nothing terribly worthy of thread commenting to report back. Just kind of drowned in work for a second or two. Does anyone else also wonder where the hell the weekends go? I mean. Come on. Give a girl a break! haha :pinch: Yay teacher-awesomeness! And keeping children from falling is a noble pastime, or at least one I certainly admire as I don't think I have the stamina yet for parenting. I bid thee godspeed with your writing good sir! And oooo, yes! Fabulous guess indeed. I think you probably quite hit the nail on the head with Salvador Dali. I just didn't even know where to start and didn't want to get lost in Google, as is want to happen if I venture down that rabbit hole too far. Essie out! B)
Robin Author Greetings Dear Ruben and Essie, YES to all your questions. Actually, I chose the present user name because of a strange condition. Recently, I discovered that my shoulders had grown bigger, massive really, and when I went to the doctor she sighed and shook her head and said I had better brace myself. You see, there were two little budding sparrow wings, all downy and half-formed, above my shoulder blades. When I asked her what I could do about this, she referred me to a veterinarian. So you see, I'm not only literary and artistic, I'm also a avian. Thank you for persisting at getting to the bottom of this. I love that profile photo. My husband's uncle shot it. Salvador used to slink around our little village and pop up — literally, stand up and turn around to face people in the movie theater to make sure everyone saw him. In those days you could be famous for a mustache. Nowadays you need wings. Warm regards, b.
Robin Author P.S. for Essie: The FB writer's group I mentioned is: www.facebook.com/groups/528070550569025/ It's nowhere near as wild and wooly as TBL. However, anyone is welcome to join. The only requirement is that you like baloney.
rstemple Author I can't resist keeping this conversation going. Besides, I've done some good writing today (or at least a good quantity of writing - we'll let the reader decide if it is good or not.) Anyway, Dali was quite a character and I would have loved to meet him. I did some research on him for my book. He proclaimed himself a genius and also said himself that he was terribly arrogant. Also, that mustache, totally awesome. Strangely enough, one of his quotes that I have in my research notes seems to speak to your current situation. "Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings"... eerie huh... I assume Birdie that you have both intelligence and ambition as described by Mr. Dali, and you have now proven so physically. Even though I don't usually like to go through the process of "SNAPping" people's screen names without permission, I think that the mustachioed arrogance of Dali must be channeled for this particular post. I am therefore moving forward with approving your screen name for all of TBLdom and I think that you have chosen a most appropriate sc reen name and that you should use it with whatever arrogance and Dali-esque abandon that you choose. However, Neither I nor TBL can be held responsible if you melt your alarm clock or choose to pop up in a movie theater and shout your screen name to the audience. But if you do, please make sure that somebody is there with a video camera. SNAP! Sans Mustache. Ruben
Robin Author Mr. Snapper, I'm really impressed with your knowledge of Sal. (If you like art and such, google Johan Hagemeyer. He was the bomb. He took some magnificent photos of people like Sal, Al Einstein, Robbie Jeffers.) And while you're at it, this sculpture will blow your mind: www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152236165...63920&type=2&theater That quote was perfect! One thing. Well, two things. I'm not very ambitious. Or intelligent. That's only pretend. After all. Thank you for the honor of your SNAP. Until now, I didn't have a clue what it meant. But ever since your last post, I've been feeling lightheaded and bubbly. I just may climb a tree and try out my wings. Glad to hear your writing is going well. Does the world look brighter when that happens?
rstemple Author Birdie, The day is, indeed, bright today. I finished a rather difficult chapter and I have a clear direction for some of my characters. I may have uncovered more questions, but in answering them I should be able to get rather close to finishing this book. (Not that I am close to finishing you understand, just closer than last week). That video was awesome! Those sculptures are amazing! I do like the idea of photographs and stories of artists that we tend to only know through their work. It makes them seem more real. One of my favorite museums is a Picasso museum in Lucern (switzerland). It only has a few paintings by picasso, but it has hundreds of photographs of his life and the other people in it. You can watch him grow old and watch him as he paints, sculpts, etc. It was great. I officially recommend trying your wings from the basement floor at first. Wouldn't want a SNAP related injury. Oh, and I am quite sure that you are both intelligent and ambitious. Otherwise how would you have found such a forum? Ruben
Robin Author I'm happy to hear about your progress on the novel, Ruben. I'm also happy to hear you enjoyed the links. We are all artists, after all. You sound like a very thoughtful person, like you pay attention. :blink: I tried a little low-flying this morning, and found the kitchen table wasn't an ideal launching pad when I got a banana stuck between my toes and flew straight into the refrigerator as my son was holding the door open to fetch some milk. Blech. Ah well. Life is good. Onward and upward, fellow geniuses, and a heap of love thrown in, b.
Essie Author Can we commission that sculptor to make paper busts of all the highly esteemed members of TBL? I think this would be a worthy cause to pursue. Also, I should get a prize for this being my shortest post ever, as I fear I've established a reputation for long-windedness.
Robin Author Wouldn't that be great? I can't believe how beautiful his "David" is. And he only charges about $30,000.00 for his sculptures! Maybe we could arrange for a group deal. Or maybe, we could get a discount for one sculpture with your beautiful head, my whatever shoulders, Ruben's buffed arms and Mr. W's washboard torso. I love your posts, Essie. Never too long!