Monday, April 26, 2010

A Fallen Woman

A Landscape attributed to Paul Cezanne.
At times I find him wonderfully medieval; other times, decidedly renaissance.
And always good.

I'm a fallen woman.

"Some falls, some's pushed, and some lays down all by themselves, " observed the madame of a London bordello about her girls. (The quote is from a novel about the Boer War with a title I can't remember, by an author whose name similarily escapes me.)

This weekend I had my eldest infant set me up on Facebook.

I friend you, you friend me,
We're a funny family...
has been oodling through my head ever since.

So many charming old blog friends. So many new and fascinating people. I'm in serious danger of forgetting about whoring my book - which, after all, was the initial and immoral impetus behind signing up. It's not easy being a reluctant trollop.

Finished my author's bio. Have always preferred the term writer as the word best at describing my coffee-swilling activities at the keyboard. However, the conventional advice is that writer is too democratic, and that author is the appropriate and proper term if one has a book to flog.

Corny Joke for Monday:

One day a man came home to be greeted at the door by his wife dressed in a sexy nighty.

"Tie me up," she purred, "And do anything you want..."

So he tied her up and went golfing."

BDSM fail.


laughingwolf said...

lol... good ones, bernita!

[sent you a friend request on fb]

i'm not fond of 'author' either, nor are other 'writers', regardless of pressures to conform... but then, i've always been contrary about some things

glad you have your profile done

look forward to reading your book, even lacking an e-reader... :)

StarvingWriteNow said...

Gasp!! You've succumbed to the temptation of Facebook! Noooooo!!!

Just kidding. I personally don't do it myself, but know a lot of folks who enjoy it.

Rainy day today, nothing to report from here. Still hoping your back gets better and better (fingers crossed).

BernardL said...

The man obviously had no imagination. :)

Facebook is a neat tool for staying in touch with family far away. As a marketing tool it's anybody's guess.

stacy said...

Glad to see you on Facebook. The kool aid's yummy.

Bernita said...

Thank you, LW!
So nice of you.

Yep, SWN, I've fallen off the straigh'n narrow and now am a soiled internet ho. The final degradation will follow if I join Twitter.
Thank you. It's damned slow.

True, Bernard...but for e-pubs, the best venue.

"The kool aid's yummy."
That's exactly it, Stacy!

J. H. Bográn said...

On facebook: dully added and welcoming bit posted on your wall. Makes you feel like a graffiti artist writing in so many walls.

The joke was good, but I don't think I'd go golfing if my wife made that proposal. On the other hand, she might tie me up and leave. lol

I've been reading about your upcoming book, seems a lot of last-minute work. I was wondering who was the publisher, then I read the bio, and presto. I need not ask anymore. :-)


raine said...

Love the quote & the golf joke. :D

Haven't managed any interest in Facebook, but know many who love it.

And coming up with a bio was one of the hardest parts of the process for me. Couldn't think of a thing to say, lol, so congrats on that.

Bernita said...

"Makes you feel like a graffiti artist writing in so many walls."

Jose, that's it! "Wall" is an odd word for the exercise. Makes me feel I'm writing naughty messages on washroom walls.

Oh, Raine, me too! My brain went will care about
Total twitsville.
Finally had to get my kids to help.

fairyhedgehog said...

I really laughed! I can't imagine you as a trollop but what a wonderful word. I shall see if I can find you on Facebook.

writtenwyrdd said...

If you were a trollop, you would be an "escort"--and a high paid one at that.

Call me odd, but when flogging a book, I think 'author' is the better word.

writtenwyrdd said...

Actually, you would likely fit into the geisha sort of escort category--sex being at the lady's discretion.

word veri: subad

Charles Gramlich said...

I've been doing Facebook. It hasn't sucked me in too badly yet. Let's hope I can resist.

laughingwolf said...

if you ever stumble over a twit[ter], this would be me:

wv: fogse

writtenwyrdd said...

It's impossible to keep up with Twitter, so I completely ignore it.

word veri: noisisti, which sums up Twitter very nicely!

Bernita said...

Yes, Fairy, a word that rolls off the tongue with emphasis.
Please do!

Written, I can see it all now - a new internet quiz..."What kind of whore am I?"

There's always cold turkey if it does, Charles.

~great id~

Am not brave enough for twitter, Written. Not yet anyway.

fairyhedgehog said...

a new internet quiz..."What kind of whore am I?"

That really made me laugh!

laughingwolf said...

super fine sense of humor you have! :)

thx, kinda works with my writing persona :O lol

i only have three twits [tweets?] in there, but only recall making two...

Bernita said...

~grins at Fairy~

Been responsible for geting me in trouble, LW.

SzélsőFa said...

i still resist facebook (and twitter), but am wishing you luck with that - whether it's promoting your book or making/keeping friends.
re:cezanne:perhaps you feel this way b/c his work resembles some of the works of the preraffaelites...just my first and undereducated thoughts about the subject.

Anonymous said...

I've resisted Facebook.

So far.

But glad you're enjoying your dive in!

Bernita said...

Thank you.
All my thoughts on the subject are uneducated, Szelsofa.

Jason, I suspect I've met the Borg.

Dave F. said...

There are some publications on Facebook so I broke down and created an account.

I only text my Niece's 15 year old son about hockey games. Other than that, I don't "text" anyone who isn't a teen.

And Twitter -- over my dead and stinking corpse. That was impolite and naughty, I should have said NOT IN THIS LIFETIME.

I'm having too much fun being silly today but I'm allowed to do that once a year.

Kaz Augustin said...

Finally! Friend request winging its way to you.

Bernita said...

"over my dead and stinking corpse. That was impolite and naughty,"
Dave, not at all, just nicely vivid, and I understand the context in which you say it.

Kas, thank you. I may have confirmed you about three times!
Am a little flustered by all the response.

Whirlochre said...

So many delights to this post — it's like being tickled by an octopus with 7 feathers...and another (riotously hairy) octopus.

Here's to you becoming a disgracefully successful hooker.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Whirl (she said, gravely.)
One does hope for happy clients and repeat business after all.

Natasha Fondren said...

I love that you're on Facebook, Bernita! I insist on using "writer," only because I have a contrary streak, and I know some people obsess about sorting people into "real" authors and "just" writers.

Corny joke=hilarious!

writtenwyrdd said...

I call dibs on using "The Disgracefully Successful Hooker" as a title!

Demon Hunter said...

LOL. You'll be great on Facebook, Bernita. I haven't joined yet. ;-)

fairyhedgehog said...

DH, Bernita is great on Facebook!

I can't believe how many Facebook friends you've got already, Bernita.

laughingwolf said...

you? in trouble? pshaw! ;)

Bernita said...

I know some people obsess about sorting people

And what's what gives me a faintly sour taste to say "author," Natasha.

Write it, Written! Do!

Let me be your first friend if you do, Tyhitia?

I am but krill, Fairy, truly.

The Shadow knows, LW!
~evil laughter~

Lana Gramlich said...

BWAH ha on the joke! Thanks for my laugh of the day. BTW, I don't have a personal account on Facebook (like most people,) but I do have a business page that you can like if Just search FB for "Lana Gramlich" & it'll come up.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Lana.
Didn't know there were business pages ( am so dim about this stuff) but I have found the search function! Will peek!

Rick said...

I'm about to break down too, so at least I'll know where to find a friend there!

Bernita said...

Indeed you will, Rick!
I'll be your friend anywhere.

laughingwolf said...

i recall that radio program ;) lol