neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

Saturday so far

I went to bed around 1:15 a.m., couldn't get to sleep, and tried again a little after 2:00 a.m.  That time I got to sleep.  I had set my alarm.  I lay in bed until 10:20 a.m., but I thought I'd better get up before I fell back to sleep.

Giovanni's Room closed today.  I didn't get there again before it closed.  They're in talks to have a Philadelphia LGBT organization buy the store and reopen it, but that wouldn't happen for a while if it happens.

There was an iris sale at the Jenkins Arboretum.  I don't know how to get there by myself, and parking is bad.  Also, I have bought quite a lot of plants lately.  So I didn't make it.  If there's a daylily sale somewhere, I'll try to make that.  I still want to get the old lemon daylily that Louse Beebe Wilder talked about, the yellow species.  I've seen it as Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus and H. flava.  Those both might be old names.

I planted the dwarf carnations, broom, heliotropes and 'True Rose' scented geranium.

I talked with Jules and Jamie.  I didn't do too well holding two conversations at once, so I kind of neglected Jamie for a while, but I told zir that I'd gotten into another conversation.  I told Jules that Jamie did beautiful characterization, and told Jamie I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it.

I started blogging on Tumblr about writing and e-publishing.  I recommended Josh's book, though I did warn for transmisogyny on p. 47.  Josh talked with trans authors and publishers in the book, but that bit about how people could write about "transsexual Eskimos" if they wanted to got by.  Also, it should be Inuit.  I say prejudiced things, too, though I try not to.  I blogged about online presence and etiquette, and recommended checking Writer Beware before signing anything.

I said that something I saw more often than not was authors neglecting their own websites.  If a reader is interested enough in an author to look up their website, they want to see what new books they have out, and what's coming soon.  I have gone to author websites and seen "Here's what's coming in 2007."  Some of that might have been in 2012 or 2013, but still.  Authors either make their own websites, or pay someone to make them, and many authors seem to forget all about them after that.  It's such a waste.  I said I wanted to see an updated website, not an old one with broken links.  I said I really liked to see free short stories on a website, so I could get an idea of the author's writing.  I said that broken links to stories were very disappointing.

I was full of advice.  I may do some more blogging along those lines tomorrow.  I said in the etiquette post that there were authors I wouldn't buy books from because they were cruel to other authors or to readers.  I've seen authors publicly cursing out other authors or their own readers, and heard plenty of stories of other kinds of cruelty from authors.  I said to assume that someone somewhere had made a screen cap of what you posted.  I said that people remember when someone's malicious, that they'll remember who's cruel and who's nice.

I watched "Highway Thru Hell."  I had already seen one episode, or large parts of it.

I did laundry.

I didn't get moving that fast today, but at least I planted those flowers and got some laundry done.  Hopefully the blogging will be useful to some aspiring writers.
Tags: flowers, plants, rambling, reading

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