Monday, July 25, 2011

G.P. Who? Social Network MIA and Obscurity

Sometimes I like my obscurity.

I mean, sure a few more sales would be nice but let's face it, I'm no Hocking.  Some people have read my book. It's well liked. End of story.

You won't find me on TV wearing a meat dress.

But something is happening in my life that's different than before. A few people are recognizing me.  People who I don't know.  People who stop me at the grocery store or pool and tell me they've read my book and loved it. This is a good thing. It's a flattering thing. It makes me want to keep writing for the sake of my readers. But it's also a bit of a scary thing because The Soulkeepers is snowballing, and I honestly don't know how big it's going to get.

There is a blessing in obscurity.  I've recently emerged from several weeks of intensive writing and editing.  I sort of went MIA on my social networking friends.  I neglected my blog.  But to be honest, only a few people care at this point and four out of five will forgive me. (Fifth person, you know who you are and you are being unreasonable).

But what if I was a Hocking?  I don't mean her personally.  You can replace that name with a number if authors in cyberspace.  I wonder how hard it is to take time to write when everyone is watching.  When a post that you've changed your toilet paper roll ellicits 300 comments, there must be a lot of pressure to never take time to do what it is we do...write...quietly...alone.

As for now, I am sheltered in my obscurity. I'm happy that my readers are finding me organically. It's a thrill to learn someone was pleasantly surprised by the adventure I took them on. And even though I take time off from Facebook, Twitter and G+,  I'm still here.

I love that some of you missed me. But for now it's kind of nice to be able to come and go as I please.  And to concentrate on what I love the most, to get lost in a fantasy world that I create for you one word at a time.

Oh, and I'm back, for now.

7 comments:

  1. I am so pleased that your book is taking off - I am still waiting to read it as husband is reading something on the i pad at the moment - I have given him a deadline.

    It's nice to be known but it's as you say nice to maintain one's privacy. The thing is success and fame don't allow that - not that I would know having not achieved either yet ^__^ I wish you luck and I always look out for your posts.

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  2. I'd be pretty flattered by people stopping me at the lake or grocer's to ask if I wrote so-and-so that they loved. It might get creepy eventually, but I imagine it as a delight at first. Enjoy your semi-fame, madame. Congratulations, and welcome back.

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  3. Sometimes from the obscurity more times in Lightly idea ,more fantasy story
    perhaps you can make success in movie's animation & real , plan in, and boost your imagination....
    have nice idea G. P. Ching

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  4. I'm glad that the book is taking off well. Also glad to know you are writing and editing with your time. That is why I don't blog too often.

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  5. Thank you all for your support and encouragement!

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  6. Excellent news that your book is having such a reception that people stop to thank you.

    Congratulations. Enjoy the moments of quiet you carve out. Enjoy the time you take for writing and editing.

    Enjoy the fact that you are a storyteller - and one who is touching others.

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  7. Since I take breaks from social media at least a couple times a year, I'll gladly count myself among the four that forgive you your absence. I'm thrilled to know how well your work is going.

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