I don’t do sick well…

So the reason I’ve been gone for a few days is I’ve been sick. It was a nasty cold; although I thought for awhile it might have been the bubonic plague, tuberculosis, rabies, bronchitis, typhoid fever, malaria, and the flu all mixed together in some awful cocktail of sickness, I was wrong. That didn’t change the fact that I was out of it for a few days. Most colds don’t knock me over as bad as this one did, but boy, this one did. I will admit I’ve never been the best at being sick. I’m whiney. I hate taking medication. I wouldn’t go to the doctor unless I have too. This time I did call the doctor, I was grateful that they didn’t want to see me. I ate chicken soup… I hate chicken soup. I didn’t take a shower… I take a shower at least once a day. I napped… I NEVER nap. I didn’t do dishes, clean up, or help with anything. My husband actually missed work to stay home with me. That was the first time he’s ever stayed home for me being sick. He has come home a few times early so I didn’t have to get the kids from school when I’ve been sick before, but the missing work thing was new. He also felt bad, he brought this one home. This was just a nasty cold. For about 4 days straight (5 for Richard) we ran fevers of 99 – 99.8. No medication was strong enough to knock it down. Thank goodness it never went high. Richard had a headache with his, I didn’t. I even used being sick to stop drinking caffeine. I always get a headache when I don’t drink it, but I was too busy napping and coughing to feel it. I had some of the running nose, Richard never did. The kids are still sick. My oldest (asthmatic) seems to be holding on to it, but the fever is gone. I think hers lasted 5 days. We got sick the same day so Richard helped take care of her. My little one still has a light fever, but no headache. I could keep going on, but I was bored being sick, so I’m sure others don’t want to be bored hearing about my cold. I did nothing for those few days really. I jumped on Twitter once or twice and that’s about it. I’m hoping that I didn’t say anything too foolish. Typing under the influence of sickness could be very bad.
I hope everyone out there stays healthy, gets rest, and stays home if their sick.

I wrote that right after I got sick with the cold over a week ago, and then there was a tummy something that happened. I’m still not feeling perfect but I think I can get back to work. I was just doing the bare minimum over the last few days. Like whining, taking the kids to school, trying to eat, trying to keep it down, and doing the laundry that had to be done. I really shouldn’t complain too much. One year Richard was sick on January 1st and he was off and on with something new until his b-day in March. It didn’t seem like there was a full break.
I’m going to duck and cover whenever someone coughs or sneezes now. But I think (and hope) that I’m back in the loop. Now I’m catching up on everything… laundry, housework, laundry, dishes, laundry, reading blogs, laundry, posting blogs, laundry, and writing.


{insert shameless plug here}…

When is plugging your book too ‘used car salesman’ like?  This is a tough question that most of us authors deal with on a regular basis.  Most of us have read articles that say things like, “Don’t just say ‘my book’ always say the title and say it as often as you can”  “Advertize on every site you can think of”  “Mention your book everywhere”  “Bring it up in every conversation that you possibly can”  “Be seen reading it… everywhere”  “Brag”  “Boost”  “Show people a copy”  “Never go out without a copy”  “Always type, write, use your full name whenever and wherever possible” and many more things similar to all of these.  I try to leave my name and a nice link to my blog or website’s and on people’s blog because most sites offer a link back if wanted.  I figure since the feature is subtle and they’re for all of us to use… why not?  But I’m not very good at always bringing up the title.  And I don’t feel comfortable parading up and down the mall with a flag with a picture of my book taped to my back, while my book is in one hand and I’m yelling from a bullhorn in the other, all the while demanding that people read it.  That would get attention, but it’s just not me.  As a matter of fact, I just told some of my friends and the other good friends don’t know yet.  Why?  Because I don’t feel comfortable rubbing what I’ve done in other peoples faces.  And I’m writing this blog because I feel like I just used a famous person’s thread to shamelessly plug my book… but now I feel shame.  I feel guilty, even though it was slightly relevant, I still feel like I shouldn’t have even commented on their Facebook thread.  So when, where, how, and who do authors use to drop their name in the bucket with all the other authors out there?  I wish I had an answer we could all use.  I know that I don’t want to lose my tact, grace, and dignity plugging my book and I feel like there should be a nice way to properly advertise to others without feeling dirty.

Things I can do that don’t make me feel gross…
1. I leave comments or blogs with a link back to here
2. Talk about fellow authors work (I like this one, some books out there should get read)
3. Post on my own site and blog
4. Read my book in waiting rooms (why not, I read other peoples)
5. Have the title engraved on my license plate frame (I’d rather that than any other add)
6. Advertising in magazines and announcing in the local paper
7. Reviewing other’s books (I haven’t done this one yet)
8. Make a hoodie (or t-shirt) on Café Press or Zazzle with the title of my book on it (did that last night)
9. Donate a copy to the library, or multiple copies to multiple libraries

Who, what, when, where, and how do you feel comfortable plugging you book?  Also, please feel free to leave any and all shameless plugs in the comments to this post.

I’m an author, Jim, not a used car salesman! < — Shameless reference to Star Trek 😛

FYI ~ The Strongest Fire: Book One of The Vampiress Sagas is still being sold for a very reasonable price on B&N and Amazon.

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