It’s always difficult to spread the word about your writing. You have to be so careful to walk that very fine line between “Oh here comes Steve, he writes – doesn’t he?” and “DUCK AND COVER – HERE COMES STEVE – THE HUMAN SPAM MACHINE – MAN, I JUST KNOW HE’S GOING TO TELL ME TO BUY HIS BOOKS!”
I try to stay in the middle, mostly.
Guest appearances are a great way to help raise your writerly profile.
So when the folks at VAMPCHIX & BITE CLUB asked me to be a guest blogger at their page I jumped at it.
You can jump at it too, if you’d like.
I call it THE TULIPS OF A VAMPIRE.
I love gardening. There is nothing quite so unearthly grounding as the feeling of slamming your spade into a heap of dirt.
I’m punning aren’t I?
I promised the doctor I’d stop doing that.
“Keep up your serial killing,” he told me. “It’s healthier than punning.”
I’ll do it.
This time I will stick to it.
No more puns.
I am turning over a new leaf.
Well, I’m turning dirt over, anyway. Let me show you a patch in my garden.
Last year those tulips weren’t there. What was there was a patch of lilies. The lilies had been infested with lily beetles – little nasty red eating machines – that would strip the lilies down faster than a bucket load of Agent Orange.
So last year I yanked the lilies and planted an assortment of tulips. They’ll only be pretty for a week or two. I might put some gladioli in there to come up later in the summer. When the mood strikes me.
This weekend I also did some gardening. I plunked some big pumpkin orange gladioli in the tulip bed out front – so that I’ll have some flowers come the end of summer. I also cleaned out a bed of nonproductive random blooming nothings – which is a polite of describing a patch of garden that had gone to weed – and I replaced them with a pack of seeds for perennial sweet peas. I’d been saving those seeds from the old house where I had a huge perennial sweet pea that nearly swallowed the whole front wall.
I don’t know if the seeds will grow. I planted them and will just have to wait and see. The first time I planted the sweet pea it took about two years before it really came up.
That’s my style of gardening. I like to put down perennials by the heaping handful and then just wait and be surprised year after year.
That’s why I like e-books. They are out there and they will keep selling long after I’ve moved on to write something else.
See, you knew I was going to get around to comparing flowers to writing, sooner or later.
Here’s another picture of those tulips. The thicket they are standing in surrounds our front lawn. It gives the whole yard a kind of unkempt, uncombed English cottage kind of feel to it – which I like.
That stretch in front is the rose hedge that I put in two years ago. It goes right around the house and by the end of the summer it should have thickened in nicely.
Life – like gardens – are a work in progress.
But we were talking about getting the word out.
Sometimes that will happen all by itself.
Like this morning when I recieved an e-mail from a reviewer who had reviewed SINKING DEEPER a while ago.
He e-mailed me to let me know that he had just put up a blog entry that mentioned my novel SINKING DEEPER in amongst a list of ten under-appreciated YA novels.
I appreciated that.
SINKING DEEPER is a really good read that just seems to have sunk below the radar a little bit. Here’s hoping this blog entry pulls it back up a bit.
You’ll definitely want to take a look at some of those other books as well.
Yours in storytelling,