You can find me (not) here

Hey, everyone! I realized (hopefully not too late in the game) that my A to Z Challenge comments left on WordPress blogs are leading everyone here, rather than my editing blog, Easy Reader, which is where all my own A to Z posts are located.

If you’ve ended up here by mistake, I hope it’s not an unpleasant experience for you. I have a few posts lying about for you to read if you feel like exploring, and I encourage you to browse at your leisure. I love hearing what people think, as long as they agree with me completely and are utterly devoted to me.

If you’re horribly put out by having to search for me, I’ll just apologize now and we’ll get past all that awkwardness. Cross your eyes at me, stick out your tongue, stamp your feet at the injustice of it all and then head on over to my other blog without a backward glance.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Many hugs and kisses (especially to those of you who were inconvenienced but who still love me anyway),

Lynda

Wait, what? It’s March?

It’s January, the holidays are officially over, my dear hubby is back to work, and I have mentally prepped myself for the winter re-start of school.

…um…okay, it’s not January anymore. I knew I hadn’t been posting regularly with this particular blog, but when I opened the draft I’d started, I was a little more than surprised to note that the draft had been abandoned over two months ago. TWO MONTHS.

Where have I been? I thought I’ve been right here, but I guess that’s not entirely correct. I’ve been…around. More specifically, I’ve been on my other blog, Easy Reader. When I first set up my blog, my intention was simple: get my thoughts out there while I learned my way around as a freelance copy editor. To some extent, it’s served that original purpose. However, it has evolved over the past nine months into something bigger and better than I’d envisioned. It has become a little community of its own.

Two people have been a huge influence in making this happen: Raymond Esposito and S.K. Anthony. Both are authors I’m now working with, and both have become friends I can rely on for good advice. Raymond has a phenomenal blog, Writing in a Dead World, and is a gifted storyteller, but he’s equally passionate about business. If I have a question—any question—that has anything to do with business planning, growth, or statistics, he’s better than Google. At the very least, he’s able to use it more effectively than I am. I barely get the question fully formed and he’s already provided a chart with facts and figures I can use.

I blame him for at least part of my other-blog busyness, because it was his idea that I start a regular blog post that provided tips for writers from an editor’s perspective. My Editor’s Notes have not only become something people read and comment on with regularity, but they’ve also helped me as an editor. As I research the information for each post, I learn more and more about my own job and how much attention to detail it requires. I’ve grown as an editor with each book I’ve worked on, and each subsequent book is getting the watchful eye of an editor who knows a little more than she did the week before.

S.K. Anthony has helped to turn my blog into something fun. We did an interview together in December that we titled, “Coffee Chat,” and it was so well received that we just never stopped. Every Thursday we’ve managed to come up with something new to talk about, from the ridiculous to the serious, all with a healthy dose of silliness thrown in. I should mention we’re entirely fueled by coffee. She’s also introduced me to a lot of great bloggers and I feel my horizons broadening.

What does this have to do with why I lost track of my real-life blog? Well…I’m not sure anymore where I was going with this one. I’ve been interrupted so many times while typing that I’m surprised I even remembered I was getting a post ready at all.

Because I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge with over 1400 other bloggers during the month of April, Easy Reader will have twenty-six short posts going up (every day except Sunday). And while that might sound like it will keep me even busier, I’ve actually gotten all my posts ready and scheduled. This should free me up to pay attention to this blog again in between book edits and regular life. (On a side note, I encourage you to check out the blogs listed on the A to Z Challenge page; whether your interests are books, gardening, travel, music, cooking, or anything in between, there are some great bloggers there who may have something that catches your eye.)

My real/personal life and my virtual/public/work life have sort of blended in many ways. The lines are a little blurrier than they used to be, and instead of panicking, I’m getting used to it. I’m still going to try and post the non-bookish things here, and you won’t really find much of Lynda the Editor on this blog, but you’ll certainly find Lynda the Person on either blog.

I’ve gotta be me, after all.

The Politics of Persona

I know this isn’t my own writing, but I couldn’t have put it better myself. And it’s an easy way to get a blog post up. And I can always tell people I taught Raymond everything he knows about writing.

Seriously, who we are, deep down, shows in our online persona. I am drawn to people or I’m repulsed by them, based on the way they treat others in the virtual world where, it seems, there are sometimes no filters. Read on…

Writing in a Dead World

female-sociopath-mask-2I spent the last few weeks finishing my latest novel. While I was typing away in my semi-isolated little world, I missed some really great drama over on Good Reads. Now I’m no gossip or drama lover…wait…yes I am, but regardless I still have a decent point to make. The “debate” which had nothing to do with the thread topic, developed over some potential bullying. There was aggravation, accusations, anger, and hurt feelings. The merits of the arguments against or in support of the accused blogger is immaterial to the real issue at hand—Author Persona.

We all have personas. Billy Joel called them the Stranger. It’s really a matter of adaptation. Across the various levels of social intimacy we portray different aspects of our personality spectrum. It’s not a question of being “fake” nor an indication of your sociopathic tendencies, but rather an unwritten cognitive and social agreement We play…

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