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If You Want to Write, You Need To Blog

Whether you’re self-publishing or in the power of a publishing company, Bob Dylan’s lyric “You gotta serve somebody” applies. It’s even worse if you are working for yourself. Then your boss is a jerk.
That means, in my case, that I WILL blog regularly because my boss said so. It’s not so hard. I rather enjoy throwing out a few lines now and then. Blogging is to a writer what finger-exercises are to a pianist.
Yesu's Baboon hardcover book
Yesu’s Baboon will be available in hardcover

My novel, Yesu’s Baboon, is at 130,000 words. I’m looking forward to mercilessly cutting them by around 50%. If you cut all the crap and redundancy out of a novel you’re already pretty proud of, you get an even better book, right? That’s how I’m going to force Hemingway’s 80% of the iceberg underwater. There’s already a lot of stuff under the waterline.

The combat phase is almost over. I’ve got three or four scenes to finish, then the revisions begin. Towards the end, the timeline gets really complex. The court case concludes, Isidora escapes, she’s got business to attend to at the law office, Koyati experiences a riot and conducts a funeral — lots of stuff.These events must occur in exactly the right sequence. That gets tricky. I use a professional-grade timeline sequencing app called Aeon Timeline. Here’s a small section of its screen:

A section of Yesu's Baboon timeline
A section of Yesu’s Baboon timeline.
Now if you think that this level of detail is going to make the book hard to read — it’s just the opposite.  The principle is straightforward: Write hard, read easy. Or like Steven Taylor said: “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.” Or, “A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than for other people.”
Anyway, stay tuned. I’ll be keeping you up to date.

My battle with my blog’s connection to Facebook

Blogging is fun. I honestly love it. And it’s less challenging than maintaining a website proper. But it still happens on a darned computer!

Here’s my quest: I want some WordPress plugin that will post a note to Facebook every time I publish a blog post. That’s simple. There are probably 50 plugins that do that. But I want to control the resulting Facebook post.That’s not so easy.

Here’s the reason I need to be in full control of my Facebook entries: my Facebook timeline is inhabited by my friends and family – not a bunch of strangers. I care deeply what I dish up for their consumption. I don’t want to annoy them or bore them. I don’t want them to think I’m cooky, although I am.

I’m sure such a WordPress plugin exists – I just don’t know about it. If you do, for heaven’s sake let me know! In the meantime, I’m going to update my Facebook page manually every time I post. Not that that gives me complete control, but then at least I can decide to post or not to post. (Yeah, I am going to do it. Wait for it …) To post or not to post. That is the question.

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