It happens before I realize it. I’m browsing the latest posts in my Google reader and one site takes me to another, which takes me to another, and before you know it a half hour or so has gone by. There are some great sites out there that are chock-full of inspiration and resources for writers.
The other morning I woke early as usual and, while Gerry and the girls slept, I reached for my iPad and started reading.
The first post of interest I came across was at Women’s Memoirs. It was a guest post written by author Pamela Jane Bell about using our dreams to spark writing ideas. Pamela writes about a type of dream called a lucid dream, which is a dream in which one becomes aware that they are having a dream.
I recall a dream I had that there was an intruder in my house. I was in a panic as I looked for the telephone and when I found it tucked away in a little alcove I couldn’t remember what numbers to dial (yes, dial, it was one of those old phones) for 9-1-1. Obviously, this was not one of my more brilliant moments. I remember the frustration I felt as I tried in vain to remember the emergency number when suddenly I came to the realization that I was having a dream. Boy, was I relieved!
Anyway, after I read this post I headed over to Pamela’s site, Long Ago in the Here and Now, to check it out. She has some fascinating posts and writing prompts related to memoir writing on her site. So interesting, that I added her site to my Google reader too. I came across one post called Highly Sensitive Marketing that caught my attention. Now that I’ve finished my memoir and am thinking about publishing options, I’m also thinking about marketing (ugh!) options. There was a link at the bottom of this post to something called Shrinking Violet Promotions. It sounded interesting so I clicked over to check it out.
Well, at Shrinking Violet Promotions I found my people! My tribe! Introverts! There is a ton of information on this page for people like me who mostly prefer to stay out of the limelight but, of necessity, find themselves in a situation of having to step up and into the spotlight now and then. Yes, I added this site to my Google reader too. One of my favorite features on this site, aside from the uber-useful Online Persona Workshop, was The Introvert’s Bill of Rights.
A few of my personal favorites are:
2. Introverts have the right to leave social events “early” as needed. Or not attend at all. (Truthfully, I prefer the latter most often.)
6. Introverts have the right to retire to their hotel rooms for quiet and recharging time during conferences. (This is absolutely essential in my book.)
9. Introverts have the right to use email instead of the telephone. (Confession: sometimes I leave my phone on silent mode so I won’t risk receiving a phone call.)
22. Introverts have the right not to speak up in meetings until they’re damn well good and ready, without being thought of as dull-witted. (Amen!)
There are thirty of these that I’d like to have printed up and posted on the door to my office, my house, and my Woman Cave!
So there you have it! A few early morning minutes spent learning a few new things, discovering some great new sites, and adding to my Google reader list of favorite sites to visit. I hope you’ll do some blog hopping and check out these sites as well.
And if you’re looking for me one day and can’t find me, just remember number 15 on the Introvert’s Bill of Rights: Introverts have the right to take walks in the middle of the day to clear their heads and recharge.
Chance are I’ll be taking a walk. A solitary one.