So earlier this evening I was watching that Siri commercial and thinking, I really need to get my phone to remind me to call the vet to set up the appointment to have the cats shaved. Looks like I really do need that personal assistant after all – even if it is my phone. Now granted my phone doesn’t talk to me like Siri, or call me by name (which is creepy anyway), but it does a fabulous job of reminding me to do things provided I set the reminders and turn the volume up. It also keeps me up to task on my writing life. I know when my deadlines are. My task manager splits up each to-do list by project and gives me fair warning when stuff is coming up on its due date. My phone also keeps my editors’ phone numbers at hand and keeps me in constant contact with my email, social networking, readers, etc… no matter where I am. Technically it has become my personal assistant despite the fact that a personal assistant is only as good as the boss who informs him/her what’s going on. The only thing my “personal assistant” can’t do is speak for me or run my errands. But I’m cool with that. I sometimes wonder how I lived without a smart phone or how lost I’d be if I lost it. It’s amazing how much of one’s life can be on their phone.
On an unrelated note I realized today just how much of a negative nellie I can be. Especially when it comes to politics, subjects I have strong opinions on (like the current publishing climate for example) or my views of certain types of people who annoy me. I always focus on what I don’t like or what’s annoying me. That’s when I realized I am different from a lot of authors.
Most authors steer clear of anything political (whether we’re talking the country or the publishing industry) and discuss nothing except milk-toast crap. They talk about writing process or plotting or motivation or their word counts. Maybe a conference and book signing here or there. If they do talk about publishing it’s generally in favor of whoever is writing the check and it’s usually not that controversial. Or all their social networking + blog postings promote themselves or fellow authors. Or they use these sites just to herald reviews, releases, etc…
I have to admit — I sometimes wonder if that’s what I should be doing. Sure, I actually do that stuff already, but I still share my political views (both about the industry and the country) and I’m not afraid to share those things that frustrate me. But I guess benign posts are less likely to alienate readers. I also suppose a lot of writers have broader audiences, whereas my books tend to attract a more liberal, open-minded reader who is more likely to be pro-choice, pro-religious freedom, or pro-gay rights.
All the same, perhaps it’s time to drop any negativity and keep it to myself. Especially when it comes to anything political (country or industry). Let’s see how long I can last. Anyone want to place bets? LOL!