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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Confessions of a Newly Hatched Pinhead (and an ode to Warren Zevon)

Confession time. I do hereby solemnly declare that I, the Countess of Cocodrie, have become a Pinhead.

Yes, Pinterest has claimed another victim.

I pooh-poohed it until recently, when I developed an interest in journaling and started looking for ideas. So I started an art journal board and pinned stuff to it (only stuff I could legally pin, of course). Then I started a digital scrapbooking board. Then a digital art board. Then a scrapbooking layout idea board....

Wait...wait. I'm an author! I deal with words. What's up with all the pictures already? I had wanted to go into graphic design until I hit senior high school and decided I wanted something that paid better (and OMG but was I stupid if I thought writing was going to get me there, wherever "there" is).

And how could I combine the two loves? Which translates as, "How can I justify goofing off instead of working on my book?"

I began to do some Pinterest cruising to see what kind of fun things some of my own favorite authors were doing. Okay, so JR Ward doesn't seem to do Pinterest; I'm sure she's very busy writing. But there sure are a lot of Black Dagger Brotherhood fans putting up art that they might or might not have the rights to (this is a concern). Ditto with Cat and Bones; the Jeaniene Frost fans are busy little bees.

Where are the authors? What are they doing? Turns out, I couldn't find an easy way to discover authors on Pinterest--they're (we're...I'm...) lost in a sea of pins and quite undiscoverable without a link.

Maybe that's as it should be. It keeps everything fun and out of the "marketing-buy my book-love me-love me-love me" thing we authors fall prey to. (But I'll keep looking.)

In the meantime, I decided to create Pinterest boards for each of my novels. Which is pretty ambitious, given the current state of my book deadlines. So I only have two up right now, but what fun! For Royal Street, I have pictures of page proofs and houses on which my characters' homes were based and eventually I'll add recipes and restaurant menus and all kinds of fun stuff. For Absolution, I have photos taken in the area where my modified town of Penton, Alabama, is located, the way I thought my character Mirren's tattoos would look, and even an embedded YouTube video of the song that inspired Mirren's character (the late great Warren Zevon's "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner").

I mean, if JR Ward posted Zsadist's recipe for lasagna, I'd repin it. I might even cook it.

So what about you? Have you discovered Pinterest? What kinds of things do you pin? Are you, too, a Pinhead?

And in the spirit of mixed media and not having everything be about the words, leave a comment for a CD or iTunes download of Warren Zevon's "Exciteable Boy," which contains "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" as well as other classics like "Werewolves of London." Winner to be announced as an addition to this post on Sunday, November 3.

20 comments:

  1. LOL. Great post, Suzanne! I am at Pinterest, but I haven't caught the bug and become obsessed yet - as Jerrica likes to point out over and over and over.

    I'm not sure why. I even love pictures. Maybe the bug will still hit me. :) Glad you're having fun over there.

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    1. Thanks, Ava! It's easy to get hooked, and lose track of time, and realize you're past your book deadlines....LOL.

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    2. And so many things already suck me in, Suzanne. I'm scared! Scared to play over at Pinterest.

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  2. Suzanne,
    What a fun idea to create a board for your book. I really haven't gotten into Pineterest, mostly because I don't know what's legal to pin and it seems like too much effort to figure it out. But I love looking at other people's boards. Hmm... Maybe I'll have to give it another thought. I found some awesome photos I used as inspiration for my next book and it might be fun to show others what inspired me. :)

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    1. I worry about the copyright thing, too. Most of the shots I've used so far (with a couple of exceptions involving celebrities) were photos I took myself. So many websites have "Pin it" buttons on them now I think it's pretty easy to safely pin. Sort of like visual bookmarks for things you want to revisit!

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  3. I'm . . . resisting . . . the . . . pull....

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    1. Don't go to the dark side, Deb! (Or do...it's fun!)

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  4. I fell into Pintrest in the beginning, but pulled back, mostly because I didn't see that I was doing anything with it--other than pinning pictures of chicken coops I would never build.

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    1. LOL. That's pretty much what my art journal boards are. Things I might do when I have time, which will likely be never. Chicken coops! I love it.

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  5. I love Pinterst! My 19 year old daughter got me hooked. I feel so cool when she repins the clothes I pin on my Virtual Closet board! LOL!
    I also use it for Regency clothing for mean and women, pictures of 19th century England,, recipes and other fun stuff. It's totally addicting

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    1. That's a great idea--historic items that play into novels or a particular time period. I do pick out clothes for my characters sometimes (um...hope that's not too psycho), and that would be fun to pin on a book board.

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  6. SO fascinating! Though, I'm ashamed to admit, when ever I hear things like Pinterest and Tumbler and Gobbler and everything else technology, I have to scratch my head because it feels like the first time I picked up a computer mouse and whizzed it through the air, thinking that's how I operated the darn thing. Yes, I did do that. I think I've struggled with the technology sphere (which I know is awful b/c I'm an author), because of trying to balance a full time teaching with being a mommy and also write....As I'm on bedrest, this seems like the perfect time to delve into the world you've presented here! : )

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    1. It's addictively fun, Christi, and for just about anything you're interested in, there are tons of "pins" to look at. The best thing? There's not really a learning curve to it. You can just float from place to place until an hour has gone by. (Yes, this is NOT good with the full-time day job and harsh writing deadlines!) Give it a try :-)

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  7. Hi Suzanne!
    I love Pinterest but I go in cycles. I'll go months without visiting, and then I'm there a couple times a day for 10 - 15 minutes. The worst thing for me is seeing all those dessert recipes because I want to make them ALL! I have such a sweet tooth. :D

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    1. I'm on month eight of eating low carb, so I don't DARE slobber over desserts. Because that's what i'd do, and it would be really bad for my keyboard!

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  8. What a brilliant idea!!!!! A Pinterest board for each book. In totally copying you.

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    1. Do it--it's fun! I keep thinking of stuff I want to put on there. I just need more hours for my day so there's time to play :-)

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  9. I love browsing pininterest but I'm not much of a pinner. I have found some great recipes on there. I mainly use it though to help promote books.

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    1. There are a lot of book people on there--I started out mostly repinning and now I'm putting up some of my own pins. It's fun just to look, though.

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  10. I check Pinterest periodically. Loved Mirren's board. Know I'll check out all the ones you create. I use it mostly for craft and shower ideas. Love to see places people have traveled and posted.

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