Dec 30 2017

DEJA VU BLOGFEST #dejavu2017


Déjà vu Blogfest

Most people see the latest blog post or a link from a social media share. Hidden gems from the year are missed!

Like… did you know I was hit by a deer in November?
(No, not a vehicle. Me. I was sitting on a rock in the woods, earbuds in… Which was dumb. I know it’s dumb. I’ve whacked people with a stick for doing things less dumb. That was my main thought as I crawled/ hobbled back to “civilization.”)

Did you know I published a novel this year? Or that I won publication in another anthology?

I’m pretty proud of my IWSG logo entry.
My most commented on post this year was, naturally, the A post in the #AtoZChallenge. (79 comments)

But, as I consider my Déjà vu post, I’m torn between sharing Would You Rather – The Book Edition or Ideal Reader. The first is longer, with more images, and has 20 comments. The second has only a comment from Misha and my reply.
This blogfest is about getting more attention to overlooked posts, so the second wins. A quick background: I was doing exercises from a writing reference book; this post is one of the results of that.

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I’m reading:
47 Mind Hacks for Writers by Karen Dimmick & Steve Dimmick
and using the exercises as blog post prompts.

The task at hand is to identify my ideal reader.
For the Existence series:

1- Someone who will buy, read, and review my books.

(That was kind of obvious, wasn’t it?)

2- Someone who enjoys fantasy mixed with the real world. Someone who is ready to think, to wonder, and to question. Someone who enjoys a bit of action, a little romance and sexual tension, splashes of darkness, and who isn’t closed off to the idea of beings more powerful than humans (at least in fiction). A reader who pays attention and is patient.

3- Anyone who has ever glanced at ancient histories, mythologies, or architectures and questioned how these groups of people who never met all had such similarities.

history pyramids

3b- Or anyone that ever read those old histories and myths and asked, “Okay, but then what happened?”

4- Readers who get through a whole dystopian book series (Hunger Games) and ask, “Well what happened before? What’s the story before society went off the rails? How did we go from our current world to the one presented in this society? Nuclear weapons, bad leaders, aliens, ran out of bees, what?”

Three is from the story my ancestors passed down. Four is how I figured out when the story should begin. (2003 to 2005 for Fractions of Existence.)

Do you feel like you’re one of those ideal readers? Have you ever made a list of your own ideal readers?


    • Heather M. Gardner on December 31, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    I haven’t made a list of ideal readers. That’s an interesting exercise. I should give it a try and see if it helps me find better places to share my books.

    Happy new year!
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    1. I have another reference book reviewed in a post (later today) that shows another (really offensive) way to make the list. Interesting to show how two reference writers can approach the same topic so differently.
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