I am on a learning curve. Have I mentioned how much of a learning curve I am on?
Not only am I learning to be a better (ideally good) writer, I am also learning all of the other things that writers are expected to know these days.
I have a blog. But then you all knew THAT. But sometimes stuff gets screwed up on the blog and I dither around trying to fix it. When I do fix it, it is good luck usually, as opposed to an technical expertise.
I am even on twitter, via wendymcleodmacknight, though mostly what I tell people on twitter is that I have a new blog post up. Every once in awhile I share a bon mot, but they are mostly only bon mots to me.
Not sure anyone could possibly want to know this much about me. But I dream of a day when some wonderful child has read one of my books and goes to my website or follows me and it will all be worth it!
Now to the website. I started the web site in early December. I have had a few issues. The biggest issues were related to the 'contact me' page. Between myself and my technical advisor, a lovely fellow from somewhere in the deep south who loves the name of my first book, we thought we had it all set up. But we did not. Because today when I was working on the website, loading my Globe and Mail article and loading a PDF of chapter one of my first book I discovered that not all of the emails were being directed to the right place. There were 12 orphaned emails, all from very nice people writing to me after my article was published, waiting for me. I was mortified.
I wrote them back equally nice emails, each one more apologetic than the last, explaining that I had never seen their emails. After more technical assistance online, I think I have it all sorted out. But dear god...
So if you want to see the very beginning of my website, by all means head right over wendymcleodmacknight.com. And if you submit a comment, I will (I hope) actually get it! I even have chapter one of my book up for prospective literary agents, who are no doubt lurking here waiting for me to share! ;-)
But back to my technical issues. I am 51 years old. I am an intelligent woman. I know both of these facts to be true. But I tell you the god's honest truth, I am humbled as I teach myself how to have a media presence.
And the so-called 'user friendly' programs are not user friendly at all, at least not to me....
I love writing and I love how my new life is unfolding. Eventually, I will (somewhat) become technically savvy. I hope. Until then? Well, if you don't hear back right away, it's me, not you....
Anyone else feel that they are trapped in some giant lab rat experiment? It's not who moved the cheese for me, it's "Where the hell's the maze????????"
We will make it. We think!
Have a happy Saturday and stay safe out there! And if you have a brilliant young web designer in your house, give them my email....I have no money to pay with (yet!) but I am ever so kind and cheerful!
Finally, even though she is very shy, a very Happy Birthday to my beloved daughter Sydney! This is the champagne birthday - she turns 22 on the 22nd! Happy Birthday Syd - I love you!