…if yeez’ve been following this blog page for the last week or three, yeez will have noticed the treasure trove that this ol’ Jurassic seems to have uncovered, with a golden seam of superb Guest Bloggers… and yet another steps up to the Blog Plate today… my great friend and fellow Webby-ess, Author Leanna F. Falconer…
… just LUV this photoshot…
…and here’s a wee glimpse of her cover page from ‘HOPE RISES from the ASHES’…available by clicking on here…
…however, to the gist of m’Lady’s Guest Post…
From L.F. FALCONER
What do I know?
When my new friend Seumas, here, asked me if I’d like to write a guest post, I immediately jumped at the chance and answered with a resounding “Yes!” Then, the panic began to set in. What on earth was I going to write about?
They (of infinite wisdom, whoever “they” are) always advise to “write what you know.” Good advice, for the most part, and advice I generally tend to follow, up to a point. The blog page on my website (if you’re interested, www.lffalconer.com/#blog/chuu ) is filled with little essays that involve certain aspects of my life in general, with posts as varied as a patchwork quilt, ranging from what I think about certain books to the way I deal with the odd wildlife that often ventures into my yard. Write what you know, right?
Okay, I didn’t think that would necessarily fly here, so . . . “write what you know” . . . . Hmmm, (she ponders, tapping her fingers lightly against her chin while deep in thought.)
I do write what I know, in an odd way, into the books that I’ve written—books that lean heavily toward dark, gritty subjects like the inhumanities man can inflict upon man, the struggle for sanity, things that go bump in the night, bigotry, religious intolerance, fears, coping mechanisms, hope, love, etc. etc. All right, maybe it’s not all darkness and despair, but my stories occur in the realm of dark fantasy and do tend to be emotional, character-based fiction not for the faint of heart and no guarantee of a happy ending, unbound by any one genre—a bit moody and unpredictable, just like their author. But hey, it’s hard to live long enough to become a senior citizen in this world without experiencing the diverse gamut of emotional upheaval life can throw at you. Write what you know. I already do.
But that doesn’t solve the quandary I still face—what to write about . . . here.
I could write about the benefits of being an indie author, or the struggles of being an indie author, but those subjects have been covered quite extensively all over the web and I doubt I have anything new to add to them.
Marketing strategies? No. If I knew some great secrets to pass along on that, I could probably quit my day job.
My day job? Nope—can’t talk about that.
Social networking? I’m still a rookie in that arena. But I do have to say, if it wasn’t for dipping my toes into it, I’d have missed out on meeting (even it is just virtual interaction) a strong, supportive network of friends and wonderful indie authors from all over the world, and discovering some of the great books they’ve written.
Being from the state of Nevada, I don’t often gamble, but I’ve taken some chances on some unknown books from some unknown writers these past few years and have hit a jackpot more often than not. That’s a gamble I’ll continue to take. I could write about that, but I think I’ve probably used up my allotted space here! (Besides, I’ve already covered that in another post somewhere.)
A while back when I was attending a union steward training seminar in California, the most interesting lecture dealt with:
What we think we know,
What we know we know,
What we know we don’t know, and
What we don’t know we don’t know.
So, in closing, I’ll just leave you to chew on that for a bit.
And while you’re at it, take a gamble on an indie now and then. You just might find a winner, but if it turns out to be a loss, it won’t hurt for long. At least I think I know that. No—that’s something I do know.
..thanks for being here, Leanna… see yeez all later… LUV YEEZ!…
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