I’ve been getting this question a lot over the last few weeks. I realize it can be daunting. There aren’t many places I don’t have a social media account. I keep an updated page listing all of my accounts and it is always growing. However, I tend to favor some more than the others. To combat that, I figured I’d write up a list focusing on my priorities when it comes to communication. After all, some places are better than the others. So, if you want to contact me, here’s where to start:
I check my email daily, and I try to respond to everyone promptly. With other forms of communication, I don’t have notifications turned on. Email is the one exception.
This is where I share the most information. I also make sure to approve all legitimate comments and I try to respond to any direct questions.
This is my primary social media platform. As “they” say: my DMs are open.
I’m not as active on Instagram as, Kari-Lise(nor as popular.) But I do occasionally post, and I try to respond to comments.
Honestly, I hate this site so much. But it’s a necessary evil. So I am there, begrudgingly but rarely. Because of that reason, it can take me a few days to respond to messages, but I will eventually get around to them.
I check my P.O. box once or twice a month. While I’m happy to mail you free swag, I don’t take the time to send a letter for every one I receive. I’m sorry. The address is on my Contact Page.
These are tools for me. Not useful forms of communication.
This list is subject to change, and should that happen I will make another post. For those trying to get ahold of me, I hope this helps. Thanks to those who are reaching out. Writing can be a lonely profession, and it’s always encouraging to get a message from a reader. Y’all rule.
Are you bored with your current photo on Twitter or Facebook? Looking for something different? In between events this weekend. I had a few moments so I put together some free avatars you can use for your social media accounts. You can find the full list over on my Free Stuff pagealongside cool backgrounds and info on how to get free swag packs. Hooray!
Once there, you’ll be faced with a choice, and you must choose your allegiance wisely. Will you lace up your boots and join Bell Caravans, find a spot in the multi-level City of Lovat, or will you side with the aggressive empire-building policies of the City of Syringa? The choice, dear reader, is yours!
Think I’m missing something? Would you like to see a Cedric’s Eatery avatar? Sardini Market? St. Olm’s? Shoot me an email or let me know in the comments below.
Who doesn’t love kaijū? From Godzilla to King Kong, giant monsters are a mainstay within science fiction and fantasy. Literature has its share of famous giants. We have the shai-hulud in Dune, the avanc in The Scar, and even to the balrog in Lord of the Rings. There’s something incredibly engaging about enormous creatures.
Well, last year, some of my more artistic friends decided to celebrate these giant creatures and have taken to Tumblr for an event they call #Kaijuly. It’s a celebration in art of all things giant monster! Each day artists post new and original pieces starring creatures from film, movies, books, television, and myth. It’s a lot of fun. I’d highly recommend checking it out and if you’re the artistic type… perhaps participate yourself?
As I promised on Twitter yesterday here’s the video of me reading the prologue of The Stars Were Right. I had a lot of fun doing this. (Though I was pretty nervous initially.) When it was over I was happy to see that almost 100 people tuned in! How awesome is that? If you missed it live, don’t worry. I’ll do it again real soon, might even make this a weekly occurrence.
Apologies for the portrait mode in the video. For now Periscope doesn’t give you a landscape option. Enjoy the reading!
So, my good friend Jake had an idea: with the arrival of Periscope people can stream anything to the world. So why not use this awesome new technology to do a live reading of one of my books for the whole internet. Brilliant, right? So, it’s going to happen and best of all it’s going to happen this weekend. I am going to do a reading of the Prologue of The Stars Were Rightand you can tune in.
How can you tune in? Well there’s two ways:
If you have an iPhone all you need to do is download Periscope, create an account, follow me (I am @KMAlexander) and then this weekend when I go to do my reading you’ll be notified and you can view my stream directly from your phone. It’s as simple as that.
Don’t have a smartphone or using an Android phone? Fret not, you can still watch. Just follow me on Twitter and when my stream goes live Periscope will automagically tweet and you be able to tune in live from the web.
The plan is to do this on Saturday afternoon (PST). I’ll make another blog post before I begin. So keep an eye out. The way Periscope works I won’t see any questions while I read, but I’ll be happy to take any questions after. If Saturday works out, I’ll do it again on Sunday.
Writing this out is getting me all excited. I’m really looking forward to this, it sounds like it’ll be fun. Plus, it’ll be good practice for my reading at CthulhuCon next weekend. So follow along… readings are coming.