Brida Anderson

Urban Fantasy

Tag: social media

How to stop tweeting from your Facebook Page

I couldn’t find on Facebook or its help base how to STOP tweeting status update of my Facebook Brida Page to Twitter.

In case you have the same problem, here’s the very simple solution:

Type into your browser address: www.facebook.com/twitter

If you’re logged into Facebook as the Page, it will redirect you to being logged in as your personal profile.

screenshot Facebook screen with Twitter links

A surprisingly uncluttered page (for Facebook) appears with a list of your profile and pages .

Some have a “LINK TO TWITTER” button behind them.

If they don’t, they’re already linked to twitter.

Just click “unlink from Twitter” in the small print under the Page’s name, on the left, and that’s it.

I hope I could help you.

Looking for fairy-themed social icons

Hey, I’ve found a niche for graphic designers ;-)

Well, not a well-paying niche, I guess.

I’ve been turning Google search and DeviantArt upside down looking for faerie-themed social media icons for this blog. Without success, so far. Either the links are expired or, usually, the rights are unclear.

What am I looking for?

A hint of elfishness/fae. Nothing too cute (pink fairies? ;-) Glitter) since it’s for Urban Fantasy.

Maybe moss-tones or tree-green, maybe a hint of wing or snaking tendril …

 

This “Green Jelly” icon set is the closest I could find (via DeviantArt):

Green jelly icon set

(No mention of rights, but lots of positive replies on people using them, so I hope it’s okay.)

 

I can’t afford much but I would have paid up to 10$ for a ready-made icon set, provided it includes E-Mail, Pinterest, Twitter, Flickr, RSS, Facebook, Google+

Coming up empty on anything “faerie”-themed, I would have settled for one of the beautiful watercolour-type icon sets in green hues. But either the rights were murky or some icons I needed were missing.

Put up an “ad” in the Facebook Faeries group, maybe they have a link for me. And will trail Etsy for someone offering customization for little money. I’d love to pay more for a graphic designer with nice ideas but as indie-author I’m glad if what I make from my books pays for my coffee … ;-)

If you know of an icon set that might fit this site: I’d love to hear it! :-)

Being sticky – being brave in what you create / write

Kristen Lamb tells writers to “be sticky” if they want people to notice them and their books. Even though “being sticky” comes very naturally to me as a mom of two young children ;- ), in my writing, that’s something else.
There are three areas Kristen urges you to be sticky if you want to succeed at social media (and, alas, a mom-writer’s clothes and hair are not among the three. Rats! ;-).
Two of them are internet-related, the third is our writing itself.

While I dropped my youngest off in kindergarten, I mulled over what I had read in Kristen’s book Rise of the Machines. And realized that this isn’t just something about writers. It applied to the people I ran into as well.
How often do we really stick out our neck? And how often do we take the safe road and blend in? At the cost of being “non-sticky” or almost invisible. Non-memorable.

How about you? When did you learn that talking freely about what you felt was your truth (in any given situation) wasn’t safe? That it got you in hot waters with your teachers, your parents, your first boy-friend, perhaps?

 

Inner warrior Brida Anderson

Your inner warrior is wise and wild / She knows the true shape and names of things / … and just how strong you really are

Before our move abroad, I was talking to a friend I had rediscovered on Facebook. He had last seen me when I was 16, just embarking on a relationship that later turned out to be abusive. When I told him about moving to Qatar for three years, he urged me to not start a one-woman-revolution there. I thought: “What is he talking about? Me? Why should I?”
He remembered me as I had been, at 12-13-14 years old. Running around in my hometown with a bright red cap, dispensing flyers on a busy Saturday about women’s rights. (Pathologically shy me!) Even pressing one into the mayor’s hand with an acidic comment when he came by by chance (I was camped out near the city hall). Sending my poetry to magazines and competitions, totally convinced that it was superb and much-needed. And even getting it published at the tender age of 14. It seemed only natural to me at the time — today, I shake my head how confident I was, how sure that I’d be published.
Then … stuff happened. Life. Boys who punish you for being “all brain” or who seek to hurt you, verbally, physically, when you seem to be too self-confident. After uni, it carried over into my nonfiction writing through my work. (University had taken care of the fiction writing already.) If you talk to other editors and agents all day, get trainings every few months on how to write the perfect fluffy nonfiction book that appeals to everyone and offends no one, it rubs off on you.Now with Kristen’s advice on “writing sticky books” in my ear, I have been quietly exploring for months, how true to my ideas and convictions I dare to be in my nonfiction.
If you write like anybody else and what anyone else could have contributed to a topic, then a reader won’t see that this is you writing to them. And they won’t hear your voice.
Time to put on the red cap and stand up. Become sticky!
((reblogged from my old blog-address at Weebly, hence the wonky formatting))
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brida_anderson_photo_babs_huber_thumb Brida Anderson’s novel, Hedge Games, released in December. You can find her at www.brida-anderson.com, Facebook, and Twitter. She and her family currently live in the Middle East with the newest addition to their household, a fae-cat called Robin.

Am Writer, will travel …

I am writing this to you from my car. Of course it’s not the first time I’m writing in the car. I love writing while in motion. The vibrations loosen the writing muscles, at least for me. And it’s great against my coffee/food/… procrastination. You know, the “ooops, now my coffee is empty, I should make a new one before I REALLY dive in …” ;-)
What’s truly new for me, here in Doha, is that I can work on my notebook when not at home – and still be online. Here (in Qatar, that is) a mobile card with real flatrate costs about 10 dollars more per month than a “normal” landline phone number plus internet. Which, weirdly enough, would be a tenth of the speed of the mobile internet.
So when my youngest fell asleep on the way home from IKEA
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I made a stopover at home, grabbed our WLAN router (it fits in my palm and runs on batteries), tossed it with my Macbook into the car and took off to my son’s school.
Here we are, parking in the shade. He’s still sleeping.
Outside, it’s an almost balmy 38°C degrees.
To think that when we arrived at the end of January, the 26 degrees here felt like hot summer to us! :-)
We came from 2 degrees Celsius and snow in Germany, all bundled up in our sweaters.
If you ever come here, you’ll see the same scenes: In the long cues for VISA / passport check, you can tell at once who’s a returning resident or from a similar climate — and who are the Northern and Eastern Europeans.
Aussies in sandals and very short shorts are all around you. Men from all over the world in long flowing kaftans and leather sandals. And in the middle, mom, dad, kids with very sensible shoes, often sneakers, pullover, windbreaker jacket from Jack Wolfskin or some other brand.
When I talked to Goronna from Serbia who works as a physio therapist at the W hotel she said about her arrival … Oh, that’ll have to be a story for another time. The school bell just rang with the deafening sound Indian schools are supposedly known for here (the German school inherited a lovely building from an all-girls Indian school, complete with colorful murals that the kids love).

Who to follow on Twitter?

Kristen Lamb’s books (see previous post) gave me the much-needed kick to the pants to try Twitter for real – so far, I had only been posting via Facebook. (One of the embarrassing side effects of that is that we do not see when someone mentions us in a tweet. Especially embarrassing when they ask a question about the Facebook post, and our answer pops in three months later … cough *hides under a rock*)
So, anyway:
As most Twitter newbs, I guess, I was looking around for who to follow, after adding friends and authors from my network. Especially who to add that would post stuff that could help me with my current book project – my fantasy novel where magic, gaming and tech mix. 
Really by accident, before I even started a search for that, I came across a list of “Who to follow on Twitter?” posts from last month, December 2012. Perhaps my mouse was guided by the good angel of all writers? (And what does he look like, I wonder … :-)
Two of the Engadget-Series popped out for me / for my book especially: Who should I follow … Women in Tech and Who Should I Follow … Gaming Edition.
In each post, there are also good additional suggestions in the comments. The tweets that came in from the ones I picked off the Engadget lists were a nice addition to the  fairy / #amwriting / nanowrimo /need coffee now! tweets I get in Tweetdeck so far.
Do you have other suggestions? I am especially still very green on hashtags and how to find the right hashtag for what I am looking for (for example “faerie”, “fairy”, … were all a bust so far).

Social Media for Writers

While battling with a stomach bug, over the Christmas holidays I read Kristen Lamb’s two books “We are not alone” (I read the Kindle version) and “Are you there Blog? It’s me, Writer” (Kindle Edition; link to the print version), both on the topic of Social Media for authors. (Upside to lying sick in bed: Hours and hours of kid-free reading time ;-))
Kristen’s are the first books on the topic of social media for writers that I have read, and if we ignore the typos that drove my ex-editor’s heart to palpitations (occupational hazard ;-), I can whole-heartedly recommend these books to writers. 

It was intriguing to read advice about social media and blogging solely from a writer’s perspective. Relaxing also, if for once we do not have to do the mental gymnastics of trying to translate any advice to the special circumstances of writers and books.
Of course I have yet to see whether her advice works out in “real life” (my other blog has been sleeping for 2 years), but on the page her examples looked helpful and spot-on. I also felt very caught out (in a good way) in small details like her warning of the “Bright Idea Fairy” that pops up whenever a writer contemplates starting a blog. One of the bright ideas: Write the blog from the POV of a character. Another one: Fill a blog with snippets from your fiction. … She not only states rules (though they are rather … guidelines ;-), but always explains whyshe thinks something is a bad idea, which I found really helpful.
Are there books on the topic you can recommend?

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