Yep. I am trying to coordinate what I post on Twitter with what I say here, and I am trying to use this space to expand on the tiny text field Twitter offers.
So, the latest post is… typewriters. Yes, I write my books on typewriters. I am a long-time Mac fan and have owned one of almost every product they have ever produced, but for writing books, nothing beats a typewriter. Truly.
I have been collecting them for a while, I guess, longer than I thought I had been. The habit just sort of creeps up on you and suddenly you have a house full of the things. Now I lurk on a typewriter forum. I always check in the second-hand shops to see if they have one in. I usually get them for between 1 and 3 Euros each here in Germany (ridiculous, I know). I collect only portable or ‘travel’ typewriters. Most of them, right now, have German keyboards, because I am based in Germany, but they are not at all hard to get used to. I posted a snapshot on Twitter of the two I used to write “Finishing Year” and I have several others. Two are on their way out the door because one is not truly portable and the other is a nightmare to type on, a cheap mail-order machine. The rest are mechanical dreams and of the highest Swiss and/or German quality. They are simply amazing and pleasant to use. And they produce results! You get paper, with words on them, each sheet a unique document.
As the pages add up, I keep them in an old artist’s paintbox. But that is another story.
The red typewriter here (not my pic, but the same as mine) is a good one, and the grey Hermes Baby from Switzerland is nice, but my all-time favourite is the Adler Tippa from the snapshot I posted on Twitter. I had two but lost one in a move and am always looking for more of the same. Madness.
But I won’t.
I am working on promoting my book online, this one: https://www.createspace.com/4516080.
I am a former journalist who worked in public relations for years. That means I should be able to find things, and I can promote anything in print, on TV, or radio, but holy… in the three years I have been studying and NOT working in public relations, uh, the entire world has turned to blogs.
One of those blog areas (for authors) are book review sites, and although there are X number of book publishing gurus out there trying to tell you how they sold their books, many often only sell copies of books about how to sell books. You know, they wrote a book or two, but then they really did better selling books about selling books.
Given that, you would think there would be better lists of online book reviewers or book review sites available from these experts. But most lists are old or filled with dead links, or the sites are still up but uninhabited. So, I will spend a little time looking, and post when I find dead or working book reviewers or book review sites. Good?
It is about finishing things.
So, in case it has seemed terribly quiet in my life lately, let me tell you, it has not been. I spent the last few years (or a few more than that, actually) studying to finish my university degree.
University is meant to be four years, right? In most cases (if you go right after high school or do the full course load your school asks of you) but not in mine. I love that I have now finished my degree, but boy, do I hate the math.
I spent two years at university (years and years ago), then a summer in another university, and then started back to university in Sept. 2010 for good. Not full-time, though. I wanted to ease into it, but that just costs more and more time.
And – get ready for this – seven semesters later… I finished – finally! – and picked up my degree June 10, 2014. Gawd!! Sept. 2010 to June 2014 to finish two years of university…
Deep breath… Luckily, I spent the last year of those studies overseas and managed to write a book about it at the same time, which will appear on here so frequently it will cease to be funny. But the book is funny…
So I have that going for me. But for now, I have this. Age back to school for the final push: oh, maybe 45-ish. Age as international exchange student overseas: 48. Age at degree pick-up: 49.
It is time to get ready for my newest book, the first one I have published since 1997. If all goes well, it will be available in a few days (Oct. 15, 2014) in all the usual book-selling places. If you can’t find it where you want it, you can somehow let me know and I will do something about it.
In this first post, I am not sure I will go into detail about it. All of the following posts will be about living the life that leads to books like this anyway. So if you hang around a bit, you will find out more than enough, soon enough.
For now, I just want to put this word out into the world. I will follow it up with more.