D.C. Why do you blog?

I met D.C. McMillen on May 18, 2012. She commented on a Sydney Quotes the Movies (SQM) post I did on the greatness of Peter Berg.  Her comment, “I’m not sure if I’ll watch Battleship but I will definitely look for Very Bad Things and The Losers. I wanted to see both of those but they just fell off my radar so…thanks!”
A few month later, she was featured on Tattoo Tuesday.  Check out her tattoo story.  
I was super excited to have a blog swap with her today. You can check out my guest post on her site were I delve into sex, pizza and writing.  But, first, let me ask D.C., why do you blog?

First, congratulations on your one-year anniversary! Second, thanks so much for inviting me to celebrate the occasion with you. It’s good that I get out and about, really, so I truly appreciate the invite.

So now you want to know why I blog. Well, if you ask my boyfriend, he would tell you it is because I am an overly motivated, internet addicted nerd who simply isn’t happy to just relax and watch television with him for two or so hours every evening. If you ask my mother, it is because I simply must find an outlet to exude my creative genius. You gotta love moms but boyfriends can be pretty damn annoying, especially when their version of the truth is slightly more accurate than your biggest fan, the one who just happened to raise you.

I blog about shit that interests me, funny stuff that happened over the course of my day, ridiculous memories that just won’t die no matter how many extra-dirty martinis in which I try to drown them and, of course, my writing. In fact, my boyfriend sometimes asks me what I’m blogging about (not often but always during a commercial) (Doesn’t that sound like a Dos Equis ad? I don’t always ask her what she’s doing but when I do, it’s during a commercial). If my answer to his question is, “my latest release,” he will respond with something along the lines of, “You’re writing about your writing. Do you know how lame that sounds?” to which I usually respond, “It only sounds lame when you’re saying it, Buttercup. Now go back to watching Mythbusters.” But I digress….

What my boyfriend doesn’t get is that writing is an especially important marketing tool for a writer. It’s also a good warm up to get you through that inevitable writer’s block. It’s a great way to make connections and friends with writers and readers, practice your skills (especially editing skills, an area in which I need all the help and practice I can get, likely evidenced here by my overuse of parenthesis) and it’s a shitload more interesting than watching grown men wrestle gators or whittle duck calls on television. For me, it also helps me keep my good humour. When something stupid, annoying or otherwise unpleasant happens, the first thought that pops into my head is not a negative one. Instead I cheerfully think about how this is going to make a fantastic blog post.

So there it is. Why I blog!

Wait.

Since I’m here, and I did briefly bring up the whole a blog is a marketing tool thing, how about I plug my soon-to-be-released naughty little short story before I go? The Wedding is going to be available on April 5th at all of the usual online book retailer places.  Here is the blurb and, if you’re interested in winning a copy before the publish date, please leave a comment below.

The Wedding

TheWedding_500Karen is not the type to attend a wedding with a guy she’s only slept with once but, in a rare display of empathy, she agrees to accompany her new landlord Allan to this sure-to-be-boring function. Fortunately, Karen knows how to have a good time, and she’s pretty sure she and Allan can make their own fun…even if they have to do it in the outdoors just steps away from a couple hundred stuffy wedding guests.

12 thoughts on “D.C. Why do you blog?

  1. It is so true that writing can be a good escape from our significant others’ choice of television shows. I get so much done when my husband goes on a crappy sci-fi binge (I love sci-fi, just not when it’s been done on the cheap). And I’m not even mad at him. I’ve even said a couple of times, “go ahead and watch that, honey. It’ll just make double sure I get something useful done while I’m avoiding it.” 😉

    1. Absolutely! I’m at the point where I don’t even blink when he says, “You’re not really watching this, right?” and switches to a Myth Busters marathon. I just grab my laptop and ignore his groan.

  2. By the way, not sure if I’ve said it or not, that is an awesome book cover.

    …I think we have a brownie mix somewhere in the kitchen. It’s not cupcakes, but…yum.

    1. Thanks! I was so happy when the cover artist got it on the first try. She managed to take my obscure notes and suggestions and pump out something that I was immediately happy with.

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