Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Confessions of a Newly Hatched Pinhead (and an ode to Warren Zevon)
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.