By: Terri Osburn
Congratulations to "Kathleen B.", the winner of Terri's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Have you found Pinterest yet? Have you given into the addiction, scrolling through the images, convinced you're going to make that recipe, redecorate that room, and totally remove that stain?!
I have. And I'm in deep. The sad part is, I don't mind it.
To be fair, I'm not wasting away hours of my day. I check in maybe twice a day, for a max of 5-10 minutes. There's just so much to see. And then if you click through and visit the source of the pic, you have to read the blog or recipe or dress description. (Yes, I look at dresses I know I'll never buy. Did you catch the word addiction above?)
As with any new social media site, I resisted at first. I had a Twitter account for a year before I did anything with it. For me, that site takes too much dedication. I'd have to stay on for longer periods of time, reading lots and lots of tweets just to find one I find interesting. Interacting is almost impossible since by the time I come across something I'd feel qualified enough to comment on, it's old news.
However, if there's a major happening in the world (Boston Marathon, Sandy Hook, Aurora), I hear about these things first on Twitter. Before any news source puts out a Breaking News bulletin, I've already seen six details in my Twitter stream.
That's another thing. Most of these sites have a newsfeed or stream. Something I have to track through, read, absorb, and process. But not Pinterest. It's more a smorgasbord of visual delights. I can visit the rainforest, drool over tree houses, shop for shoes, and learn how to do my hair. I can find new music, new movies, new books, or new inspiration for future heroes. (This might be the best feature.)
But mostly, I gather inspirational images for my work. Each of the books in the Anchor Island Series have their own boards. The board for Book 1, MEANT TO BE (available now), will introduce you to the island. You can see the ferry that invokes Beth's panic attack in the opening scene, the little blue house where she renews her love of art and creating jewelry, and even the hero Joe's mutt Dozer who steels every scene he's in.
While writing Book 2, UP TO THE CHALLENGE (out Jan 2014), I came across a beautiful picture of a table on an oceanfront deck set for a lovely dinner party. I knew I had to put that in the book, and it became dinner for two on a short pier behind the heroine's house.
If I hadn't accidentally found that picture, I'm not sure I would have come up with that scene. I suppose you can use Pinterest to improve your life. Get into shape. Expand your cooking/baking horizons. Even expand your wardrobe.
Or you can use it like I do. For a quick hit of inspiration, a dose of awe, or a smile when I need it. There's nothing better to battle back a hard day than an entire board of adorable animals.
How about you? What's your social media addiction? One lucky commenter will win a Kindle version of Book 1 in the Anchor Island Series, MEANT TO BE. Here's the blurb.
Sometimes the next best thing is what you’ve been looking for all along…
Beth Chandler has spent her whole life pleasing others. She went to law school to make her grandparents happy. She agreed to marry her workaholic boyfriend, Lucas, to make him happy. And, despite her fear of boats, she took a ferry to see Lucas’s parents just to make them happy.
While suffering through a panic attack on the ferry, Beth meets a tall, sexy stranger who talks her down from her fear—and makes her heart flutter in the process. Soon, she has a new reason to panic: her gorgeous, blue-eyed rescuer is Lucas’s brother, Joe.
But could she ever leave her fiancé for his own brother…even if Lucas is more focused on making partner than on making their relationship work…and even if Joe turns out to be everything she never knew she wanted?
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