It’s also ‘roam around the internet’ day, but that’s by the by. I’m sitting here on the couch, catching up on everything that needs to be done to keep news of my book out there, but it’s also a day to sit and reflect on life as I know it. Angus is sitting up on the couch next to me, Tuppence is laying on the floor on the other side and the world is a happy place. Well, other than the little farts from Angus which keep wafting up and trying to kill me. Maybe I should buy a gas mask.
I was just checking my stats on HootSuite while I was setting up Tweets for the next two or three days. This is one of the most time-consuming parts of publicity, but ultimately, incredibly important. I’ve had such a great reaction from Tweeting, and I would imagine it’s running at about 80% of the interest in The Nememiah Chronicles. It will be interesting to see my sales figures when they start appearing, but I’m hopeful they may have improved.
I’ve mentioned on Facebook a couple of times how interesting it is to see where people come from who are clicking through from my Twitter page. By far, the biggest response has been from Russia, which I find absolutely fascinating. Second biggest response is America, but it’s running well behind Russia currently. Singapore, Australia and the UK are running neck and neck, then Canada, Japan, Greece and Iceland. The ‘others’ (whomever they may be are at the bottom of the list, but not lessened in their importance by not being given actual names by HootSuite. If sales improve, perhaps I should consider having the books translated. Anyone speak Icelandic?
This has been a wonderful week, after being so hectic for the past three months with directing ‘Death By Chocolate’, it’s been nice to sit back and relax a bit. Well, actually, a lot. I’ve spent the past three days wallowing around in the house, doing a lot of thinking and relaxing. Mainly thinking. I still think it would be wonderful if you could turn your brain off, but I have yet to discover the ‘off’ button. Got some great ideas for future books and I’ve printed out a lot of ‘inspiration’, photos which have me thinking big and grand ideas for new novels. It’s been a while since I’ve had time to think about writing new stuff, but the desire is always there. I guess that’s what it means to be a writer. There’s plenty I should be doing, but frankly, it’s kind of nice to sit back and vegetate for a little while. The break won’t last for long, with another two evening performances and a matinee over the weekend, and then (crazy, I know) directing a Christmas pantomime, but I’ll take what I can get.
I’m really pleased with the reaction I’ve had to my new site on the web Nememiah.com – if you haven’t already visited, go check it out. It’s a place to keep the world of Charlotte and her friends, with lots of information and photos. Another place I’ll be working on today, adding some more information. It’s funny, I have the characters in my head, they’re almost part of me and certainly I consider them close friends. Finding their ‘look’ in the billions upon billions of pictures on the ‘net has been trickier than I imagined. Countless hours have been spent wading through various sites, looking for the one person who matches my imaginings. It can sometimes be hours until I find what I’m looking for, but it amuses me because sometimes, I come across the perfect photo, the perfect person who matches the people in my head – and it’s usually someone OTHER than who I’m searching for. As time goes on, I’ll be adding more and more information to the page, so everyone can see the basis of my characters and learn more about them.
Not much more to report, at present, which, I suppose is partly due to my currently vegetative and very relaxed state. Have a great week!