Archive for September, 2012

So, last Friday I faced a group of 5th grade students to talk to them about the reality of being a writer. In the class was my youngest daughter.

I went into the class knowing full well that what was at stake wasn’t my future, but hers.  If I nailed it, made it interesting and fun, she’d be THE KID to know.  If I died a horrible death and embarrassed her…well, let’s just say I remember being the odd kid out in grade school.

As I answered their questions, I glanced over at her desk a few times.  She sat there with a smile.  Her face shone with pride.  Her mom was the one addressing the class!  Her mom was the one everyone was talking about after I left.  Her mom was an awesome mom.

I set out to be published partially to show my daughters that the risk was worth taking if what you wanted to do was that important to you.  Along the way, I’ve managed to make at least one of them very proud of me.  I think the oldest is, but she doesn’t talk about it much.  She’s in high school this year, and has a very good idea that she’s got it better than a number of her friends.  I give her great credit in that she’s very careful about not bragging about things in her life, our family, so her friends don’t feel bad.  

There’s a lot to be said for knowing you made your child so proud of what you’ve done that it shines like a beacon across her face. I may never get to where my books are on a best seller list.  But I have that feeling, that memory. And I will cherish it.



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Before I get started this morning, a couple of quick announcements!  My contest is still going on FB!  I’m up to 132 likes, and have given away my first book.  Go visit the site, hit like, and maybe you’ll be next!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492?ref=hl

The second announcement is that Solstice has a new website!  It’s sleek, professional, and very easy to navigate.  Yes, you can buy my book directly from them.  This link will take you directly to my book, but stick around and take a look at some of the other great books they have for sale.  http://www.solsticepublishing.com/daughter-of-hauk/

Now, onto the topic the title refers to….

I’m only speaking for myself here, as always.  I’ve heard stories which leads me to believe this is more universal than you might think.

If you’re in a grocery store, restaurant, or other public venue and see someone you recognize, PLEASE give them the courtesy of approaching them and saying hello.  Don’t just stare and point, whispering to your friend/co-worker those wonderful ‘Isn’t that…” words. Come over, mention you’ve read my book, saw an article in the paper, whatever.  Just stop pointing and whispering.

The reason behind this is that I like meeting people, for one.  The other is that I simply would rather spend time chatting with you than wonder if there’s toilet paper stuck to my shoe.  If you approach me, then I know why I’ve felt your eyes boring into my shoulder blades!  By not coming up, you leave me wondering why you watched me, why you muttered to your co-worker.  I’m no longer concerned that the back of my hair resembles a bird’s nest.  

Instead, I’ve made a connection with a potential reader.  I’ve shared a laugh, perhaps.  I can now tell my hubby a story for my day.


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Did anyone catch the moment on Wednesday last week?  Where the stars aligned, the calendar page turned, and school began again here?  Where for a few brief moments I reveled in the quiet.  Then, I cranked the stereo and did some editing work!  The house is mine again, and I’m loving it.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love my family.  I love spending time with them.  But there’s something to be said in knowing you can spend the whole day writing, proofreading, or editing and no one’s on the other side of the door wondering when lunch gets made.

I’ve got some great news to share with everyone!  No, ‘Son of Corse’ isn’t done yet.  I’m working on it!

Today, at 9 am PDT/12 pm EDT, one of my fave authors and my writing ‘big brother’, Nick Pollotta is going to be interviewed on blog talk radio.  Nick’s one of the few writers that’ll get me laughing out loud.  Not to mention that some of the first books by him stayed in my head for 20 years between when they were absconded with and got re-released.  He’s hilarious, and an awesome individual.  Here’s the link:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop

Right after Nick’s done making me laugh until I cry, I’ll be on Twitter (@DaughterHauk) doing a live TwitterChat with Melissa Miller of Solstice Publishing (@SolsticePublish) about ‘Daughter of Hauk’. We plan to start the chat at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT.  Head on over to Twitter, make sure you’re following us, and feel free to join the chat.  We should be going at it for 30 minutes to an hour, so you can make some coffee and relax while it’s going on.

Ok, here’s the biggie!  And I’m telling all of you before I make the announcement on FB!  To celebrate the 6 month anniversary of ‘Daughter of Hauk’ being released as an ebook, I’m going to do a contest on FB starting on Friday the 14th.  It’ll run for six days.  Right now, I’m sitting at 43 ‘likes’ on my page.  Each time I get to 100 likes (100, 200, 300, etc), I’ll draw a name at random and that person will get a free pdf copy of the book.  If I reach 500 likes before the end of the contest on the 20th, I’ll give away a signed paperback!

Yes, anyone who has hit the like button prior to Friday is eligible.  Here’s the link:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492?ref=hl

Like it, share it, and good luck!

Well, it’s time for me to get a few more things together before I start driving the kids to school.  Best get going on that!


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Well, it happened

Well, it happened.  Twice.  Last week, I was recognized by two separate people from the article in the local newspaper.

One was another parent at the Lego Camp my youngest daughter was going to.  She looked at me a bit askance the first day, then asked where she knew me from the next day.  It seems her oldest and mine took the same karate class years ago.  And she hadn’t thought about it until she saw the article in the paper.  She knew the face, but was having trouble placing it.

The other was the mother of one of my oldest daughter’s friends.  We ran into them at high school orientation.  The first thing she said was, “Nice article!”.  She’s rather active in local politics, as well, so she and I briefly discussed the pros and cons of being in the paper.

My husband said I’d officially become a minor celebrity.  My reply was that I think I’d made the ‘x’ list of celebrity status.  Lol

This past Saturday, we spent the day at PAX.  I went to a couple of panels, we wandered the exhibition halls, learned what we wanted to do next year and what we could avoid without feeling we’d missed out.  We met up with some of our gaming friends for dinner.  One was commenting on how she’d seen someone she thought of as a celebrity and didn’t know how to approach him so she just let him walk on by.  That’s when I said I was now on the other side of that coin, never sure what some stranger would say to me now.  

A friend of mine works at a local grocery store that I shop at often.  She purposefully left the paper up in the break room open to the page with the article on me.  She told me she’d seen several co-workers pointing at the picture and saying they recognized me.  I’ll admit to taking a deep breath and making sure my public face is ready before I walk in the store, now.  

Still deciding when to do the FB giveaway…stay tuned!


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