Posted 9:45 AM PST, January 26, 2006)
first blog posting is as revealing as a first date–which is why you
don't want to be seen as a blog slut right off the bat. In other words,
don't expect me to totally bare my soul here to you in 350 words or
less, so just live with that….
And believe me, you'll respect me more in the morning.
so with that analogy in mind, here's hoping that what I write now and
in the future won't be the literary equivalent of creamed spinach on my
front tooth, either: you know, something that makes you realize you're
reading a train wreck in progress. In fact, the first thing I'm going
to do as a favor to both of us is post a set of rules for this little
virtual affair we're about to embark on. In black and white, here are
three things you can expect from me, and three things I expect from you
in return (yep, sorry I am so big on tit-for-tat, so get used to
it….and no, that doesn't count as one of the rules, either):
THREE RULES I WILL FOLLOW IN POSTING HERE:
Rule #1: I will write from the heart…or a close facsimile.
In other words, I'll do my darndest to write what's on my mind–even if
I have to change the names, places, and incidents of the
Rule #2: No navel gazing. Blogs that
have nothing to say aren't blogs; they are reasons to get away from the
computer and get a life. That said, authors who write blogs only
because their editors or publicists tell them they need to start one in
order to connect with an audience could better spend their time working
on their next book–because that is what they really want to do, anyway.
Rule #3: I won't take out my angst and frustrations on you.
Why not? Because I appreciate the time you're spending trying to get to
know me better. Heck I feel blessed! And my way of saying thanks is,
hopefully, to inspire, give insight, or just make you laugh…or
OKAY, NOW HERE ARE THREE SIMPLE RULES THAT SHOULD WORK FOR YOU, TOO:
Rule #1: Don't expect to like everything I write. In fact, I would worry if you did–because I hope to provoke as well as get you to say, "Okay, right, yeah, you said it…"
Rule #2: Don't expect me to limit my writing solely to books, or me, or about me and my books….you get the idea.
You see, my life (and I know yours) is so much bigger than what I'm
reading or writing about. In fact, the most interesting authors I know
have lived several lives–and still do…
Rule #3: Please please feel free to respond in kind.
You can reach me via email at JosieBrownAuthor@yahoo.com. You can also
find out where to catch up with me via my website: www.josiebrown.com .