Monday, March 9, 2009

Widening My Scope

Writing for this blog is so much fun that I thought I'd venture beyond the confines of the blogosphere and try it in the real world. An opportunity presented itself and I told Ron I was going to submit a sample of my work. He warned me not to send in any spanking stories--and I didn't-- but he did have some good ideas for topics. I wish I had thought to write them all down, because it looks like I'll be needing them.

When I found out that my application had been accepted, Ron congratulated me, then told me that maybe I should submit my spanking stories after all. He said it would attract more readers. Maybe so, but I'm not ready for that step.

It was hard enough, after I had met the publication team, to fill out a short information sheet about myself. Real name that will appear in print? Vanilla email address? Facts about me that the readers could relate to? Gosh, am I ready to out myself? Oh, right, this isn't about TTWD.

It was harder still to submit to having a photograph taken. I promised Ron I wouldn't publish pictures of any part of my body on my blog. But there I was, standing in front of a camera, and a stranger was taking a picture of my . . . face. So people would recognize me. And maybe stop me in the supermarket . . .

I'll be getting comments and feedback on what I write, just as I do on my blog. Now, besides coming up with blogging ideas that have something to do with spanking, I will also be searching for topics that will be reasonably interesting and totally unrelated to OTK activities.

The downside is, the line between my vanilla world and my chocolate fudge ripple one is in danger of blurring. I hope I don't slip up in my hurry to meet a deadline, and send in an explicit implement story that was intended as a post on Hermione's Heart. It might boost circulation, but I don't intend to take that chance. My first task will be to decide how to keep my two types of writing separate. I use a memory stick to prepare all my blog posts, so I'll use a different one for my vanilla work. Maybe I'll paint the second one white or label it "vanilla". That should help.

I have no intention of letting my two worlds collide, but I really am excited about this.

From Hermione's Heart


Scunge said...

Congrats Hermione! You will do just fine I am sure. Maybe you could find a red or pink USB stick for this blog! LOL :) Scunge

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! lil

Anonymous said...

Great news... so glad you took the plunge. Risking rejection aint an easy thing to do. Sure sounds like it's going to work out though!

Todd & Suzy

Hermione said...

Kate - Red woild be a good reminder. Thanks!

Lil - Thank you, and welcome!

A.S.S. - I hate rejection too, but nothing ventured, nothing gained!


Measha said...

Congratulations!! How wonderful for you! It all sounds so exciting!


Julie said...

Congratulations! This sounds like a fabulous opportunity.. best of luck with that. If I manage to get the job I want to have, I'll be dealing with similar problems. :p

Dante d'Amore said...

Congratulations! If you really enjoy writing this will be a fantastic thing for you. Like everything else, things we do for a hobby can lose some luster when they become our profession.

The key lies in the passion behind the hobby. If you write because you love to write, then this will be a blessing. That's how it was with me when I turned my photography hobby into a profession.

With Web design it was the opposite. Deadlines killed the enjoyment.

With writing I can't say because I never "loved" to write.

The fact that you've maintained a blog without any financial incentive bodes well for a writing career because it shows you enjoy writing. As long as you focus on writing about things you are passionate about, you surely have a bright future as a professional writer.

This is great news. Have fun and success will follow!

ronnie said...

Fabulous news, congratulations Hermione, I am really very happy for you. I know not possible but
I'd would love to read some of it, I wish you all the very best.

Hermione said...

Measha - Thanks. I'm thrilled!

Miss Jules - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Dante - That's very good advice.

Ronnie - You want to read it even if there's no spanking in it?


Anonymous said...

Dear Hermione,
That is really cool. I hope to follow in your footsteps soon.

ronnie said...

Of course I would still want to read them, I love all your posts.
I really do wish you success Hermione.

Jean said...

Congrats! That is wonderful news/Glad youd ecided to try it.

Jean said...

Congrats! That is wonderful news/Glad youd ecided to try it.

Michael said...

Big huge congratulations, Hermione! I am so happy for you. Best of luck and I know you'll do great. :)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Wouldn't life be easier if you didn't have to separate your two writing worlds. Then again it is always more exciting to know that you might slip up and out yourself. It spices things a bit:)
Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Hermione! Sounds fantastic...

btw, I use completely different email providers for my vanilla world and spanko-blog world, just to be on the safe-side.....

Hermione said...

Maryann - Good luck!

Ronnie - That's so kind of you.

jean - Thanks. I'm glad too!

Michael - I'll try to live up to your expectations.

Max - Yes, a little spice might be nice, but then again...

Dave - I maintain separate email accounts too. You can;t be too careful.