Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TSK III Sneak Peek

Many of you know, because I never shut up about it, that I've written a series of books, which I've rather uncreatively titled The Secret Keeper series. I talk about it a lot, because it's kind of my life (as sad as that is), and I've spent countless hours, days, and what's probably amounted to months at this point neglecting my family to write these books. I only pray that one day my family will think it's been worth it.

Even if they don't, I do, and I've been spending an ungodly amount of time lately with my imaginary friends as I write the first draft of the third book in the series, which I will refer to as TSK III until I am ready to reveal the title, which is not right now. It's tempting, though, because I usually agonize about the title and still don't have a clue what to call my books, all the way up until publication, so I'm proud and excited that I already know what I'm calling this book. Too bad! I will resist my instant-gratification nature and save the title for another time.

However... for those of you who are just dying to get a TSK fix and see what certain characters are up to, I have decided that you shouldn't have to wait until I write and rewrite and edit and proofread the entire third book. You should be given something in advance for your loyalty and patience. So... without further ado... please see a TSK III sneak peek below. And, please, continue to follow this blog and "like" me on Facebook. I love hearing from you guys!

**SPOILER ALERT** DO NOT READ BELOW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SECRET KEEPER AND THE SECRET KEEPER: CONFINED (UNLESS YOU LIKE SPOILERS. OR NEVER PLAN TO READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS. IN THOSE CASES, READ AWAY)!!!!!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Facebook Rules

And I don't mean that in a "Facebook rules, man!" sort of way. I mean it in a "We need to institute some rules up in hee-uh!" way.

I like rules. Rules are what prevent society from disintegrating into mass chaos. Rules are the friends of Type-A personalities everywhere. Rules... well, they rule! If I were the Queen of Facebook (which, privately, I tend to consider myself), here are the basic rules I'd institute:
  1. Don't post anything you wouldn't want your mother (or your pastor) to read. And don't sabotage others' efforts to follow this rule by hijacking their posts with profane or inappropriate comments. I have to admit, I break this rule often and only realize it after it's too late, and I've caused myself much embarrassment. But that's how we learn, right? Repeatedly. Also, this is an admittedly difficult rule to follow if you make it a habit to break Rule #2.
  2. Don't post on Facebook if you have a blood alcohol content higher than 0.005. That's right... even lower than the legal limit. Because posting drunk on Facebook can be more dangerous than operating a motor vehicle.
  3. No naked profile pics. This shouldn't even have to be rule, but... alas. I guess Rule #1 isn't clear enough, and the violation of Rule #2 plays a big part in the breaking of this rule.
  4. You're only allowed to be holier-than-thou about one thing. Choose wisely. If you want to preach at people about what they should and shouldn't eat, great. But then you're not allowed to dispense parenting advice. You wanna deride people for being lazy slobs who only sit around on Facebook all day, fine (although, ironic, considering...). But then you're not allowed to gripe about how you perceive the American education system to be going down the tubes. This is a very important rule, as it prevents many tragic injuries resulting from repeated eye-rolling. 
  5. No broadcasting the problems of others not on Facebook, under the guise of garnering support for them. C'mon. You know it's just high-tech gossiping, so cut it out.
  6. Proofread your posts. Five extra seconds of your precious time could prevent the rest of the world (or at least your Facebook friends) from thinking that you never made it past the second grade. Don't you think it's worth it? Don't let auto-correct win. (But DO share your auto-correct boo-boos, because they are HI-larious.)
That's a starter list. But since this is a benevolent monarchy, feel free to submit your suggestions for more rules below. I have final approval, of course, but... that's only because as a result of Rule #4, I have chosen to be holier-than-thou about the behavior of others (not myself) on Facebook.

In addition to this slapdash blog, I have written and published three novels, which are available at http://www.amazon.com/author/breabrown. I also sort of maintain a Facebook page. I am currently working on my third novel in my Secret Keeper series, which most readers have enjoyed (gotta be honest, not ALL have enjoyed, and the ones who haven't think it's very important that everyone knows they haven't). The third book will be ready when I'm finished writing it and obsessively proofreading and editing and rewriting. In other words, it may be a while. I don't know what else to tell you. Creep around on Facebook in the meantime.