"Go ahead. Do it. You know you want to."
I should never listen to those words from the theater god. Especially after he's given me a martini.
Alas, when martinis pour in, "should nevers" fly out.
So I did it.
I uploaded this to Twitter:
Yes, my T-shirt* displays the word "kickass." (Which, you'll notice, contains the word "ass"--try to contain your snickering.)
Yes, I am holding a cigar. (A rather large cigar, though I'll admit to holding larger.)
And, no, my left boob is not really bigger than my right boob--that's just the camera angle.
Now, you may be wondering "But what will her family think?" Actually, I can pretty much tell you, even without consulting most of them.
Daughter: "Way to go, Mom!" (with a virtual high five)
Son: "Not again!" (with a real forehead slap)
Mother: "Wear a little make-up next time." (That one's easy--she always says that.)
Don't have to guess for the theater god, who was actually there, taking the picture: "Can you wear that shirt to bed tonight?"
But, gosh darn it, there's a reason I did this. Other than the martini, I mean. (Give me second. It'll come to me.)
See, these days an author has to do more than just write books. A author is expected to establish an online presence. To build a brand. To become a recognizable name, so readers will be enticed into buying said author's books someday.
Especially a newbie author. And you don't get much newbier than me.
Though I'm still at the *cough* pre-published stage of my writing career, I'm nevertheless trying to treat my work like a real job. Which means between actually writing books, and revising them, and then revising them some more (what can I say? I tinker), I spend time here. And on Twitter. And on other people's blogs. Trying to get my name into the ether**, so that when my wonderful agent eventually sells one of my books, there just might already be a few people willing to buy it.
Now, doesn't that sound like a diligent, and, yes, even virtuous thing to do?
Way better than "Oops. I did it again." ;)
*A gift from one of my wonderful crit partners, Susan Adrian. She really knows how to inspire. :)
**I've had some indication this is already working. Someone on Facebook asked me if I was the "cigar lady" on Twitter. And somebody else asked, "Aren't you the one who drinks Mexican nail polish remover?" She must've read this blog entry. It's a start.