My kitty got a new optical mouse (as well as his new Kindle) and he has been so happy with it. I actually had to buy him the new mouse and a keyboard, after spilling coffee on his laptop. Ron was so mad, so we bustled off to Target and bought him the mouse and keyboard. He didn’t really like the keyboard and we were both thankful when the lappy dried out and it’s keyboard resumed working. But the mouse has been a real hit around here.
It’s been a stressful couple of days for me. On the spur of the moment I contributed a guest post to my friend Holly’s blog and it appeared at approximately the same time as I published The Bet Mr. Everything Didn’t Take. These two posts between them have over 200 comments as I write this. I tried very hard to reply to almost every comment, though I know that I missed and skipped a few. It was a whirlwind of chat that left me both tired out and deeply satisfied in refuting Mr. Everything’s claim that conversation is just for Facebook.
Then I hosted a tweet chat with my friend Jenn Thorson, author of There Goes The Galaxy. As I made clear in my review I adore Jenn and think that her book could be huge. But my first experience hosting a twebevent chat was one of those occasions where everything that could go wrong goes wrong. I did not know when I set it up that Jenn would be accessing the chat from her phone, since it was scheduled at 8pm her time and at home she has dialup. Had I known that the featured guest was going to be on a phone, I would have done something differently. As Susan, Tom and I have come to know, while it is possible to access a twitter chat on a phone, chances are it will be slow and flaky. I also learned that while Empire Avenue missions are a great way to get a large number of folks to tweet something for you, having thousands of tweets sent does little to get lots of interested book lovers to show up for an author chat. #soNOTmyday
Despite the technical problems (I was not surprised that Jenn’s battery died and she had to get hooked up to her charger and poor Susan who had a horrible headache but gamely participated) it was fascinating to hear a bit more from Jenn about how, when and why she wrote her book. And I do plan to edit from the chat a bit of questions and answers that can be published somewhere. I’ve stated before that I am about half way through the ten years of hard work that will be required to become an overnight success. And when the day comes that I have my pick of authors who are thrilled to have me promoting their books because Libdrone has become this generations’ answer to the old Playboy interview, I know I will look back on this little fiasco and laugh. Heck, come to think of it, I’m laughing now.