Thursday, February 25, 2016

PEN NAME--Am I supposed to announce this change?

I have no idea if I am supposed to advertise this or not. But I am.  Just in case you were looking at the blog going, "I swear she had a different name."

I finally settled on one. I have been doing family history for years and knew I'd settle on a name from my tree, but didn't want it too long or too far down in the alphabet.

A family member, Julia, on my mom's side died when she was only five years old (back in the early 1900s). She had a sister named Anna so hence "Anna J." and Adams just seemed to flow off my tongue when I said it aloud.

So, there it is. Anna J. Adams.

Thanks for bearing with me :-)

Guess I'm off to change the email as well!



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IWSG: Meeting Fellow Writers on the Internet

Another Insecure Writer's Support Group post! Check out what we are all about here!

So, I met my doppelganger. I had to explain what this meant to a family member a few weeks ago...it means your twin, your double. She found me on Twitter and wrote me a direct message saying she read my profile and we sounded so similar. So, I wrote her back and we've been conversing via Twitter direct message (she doesn't have Facebook and our gmail is wonky) and the similarities are so freaky.

Occupation the same. Both have teenage daughters. Both write YA. We are about the same age. Like the same things etc I am reading one of her books now, we have the same writing style; you can find two of her books on Amazon here .

You hear about how people stalk teens and young children. If you have Facebook you may have even read about that 13 year old in Virginia who was killed meeting someone via the KIK app. You know how "they" try to get info out of you and lull you into a false sense of security so I admit, I was skeptical at first. (I have no idea WHY someone would reach out to me if they were sketchy as it is obvious I am an adult but I try to be safe.) I even asked her what her real name was, after she told me she uses a pen name and I asked her like this, I quote: "What is your real name, if you didn't mind me asking?" and she told me. I don't know her last name but after two weeks of talking I'm thinking that if she lived closer (she is across the country) we'd be meeting for coffee every week.

I would love to talk or chat to her in real-life. Or even text. I think we could have a great time writing together or even co-writing something. But, even at my age, I am not comfortable jumping into something like that with someone I have never met. I guess I like to let relationships evolve naturally to see what happens. It's amazing that at 40 something years old you can still find one person you connect with but I think in this day and age it's easier given all the ways you can communicate who and what you are.

I sent her "Lane Changes", as it's in the last edit and since we write similarly I'm interested in her feedback. My beta reader is done, the editor is done and I'm going to submit to an agency *one more time*.

Anyway, my question is: have you met someone you click with online? Did you see someone you thought you could click with but were hesitant to reach out? Why or why not?