I’ve Closed Out my Facebook Account

and I couldn’t be happier

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As an author, I’ve been told, many times, how important social media is for promoting my books. And while it’s certainly a good tool, times have changed. Social media simply isn’t what is once was.

I was on Facebook for nearly a decade. At first, it was a lot of fun, and a good place to promote my books. I also reconnected with family and friends I’d lost touch with. But that was then, and this is now.

Facebook has changed, and not for the better. Once word about Facebook privacy violations became public I noticed my ads no longer had the reach they once had. People were closing out their Facebook accounts. Others were spending less time there.

Because I’m an author, I thought I had no choice but to put up with Facebook, even though I too no longer wished to be there. Then came the other big issue. Censorship. Facebook was targeting certain groups, such as conservatives and Christians, for censorship, but not others. For me, this is completely unacceptable. The same rules must apply equally to all.

Like many others, I’ve had enough of Facebook’s shenanigans. Author or not, I was done. So I took a deep breath and deactivated my account. And you know what? I feel so much happier for doing it. It’s like ending a bad relationship. At first it’s upsetting. Then you feel a sense of freedom and relief. It’s like having your life back.

In lieu of Facebook, I’ve started up a newsletter. I’m spending more time blogging, more time writing, and more time doing other things I enjoy. And, interestingly enough, my book sales are up.

Please don’t feel that because you’re an author or artist that you have to be on Facebook, because you don’t. There are alternatives. Blogging is a good place to start. Just saying.

MM

I’ve Updated my Website

A photo of books, a red rose, and a glass of wine on top of a table.
Photo by Marina Martindale

Now that my latest novel, The Scandal, has gone to the editor, I’ve decided it might be a good time to update my website. I’ve cleared out the clutter. I’ve also added links so you can download free sample chapters. I also added a page for my book trailers. You can also sign up for my newsletter. Each month I give away a free copy of one of my novels. All you have to do to enter is subscribe to my newsletter, and open it once it arrives in your inbox.

My website is www.marinamartindale.com, so come and take a look.

MM

Welcome

Welcome to Marina Martindale’s Musings. Writing is one of my life’s passions. I put my heart and soul into each novel I write, and my blog is where you’ll get the inside scoop. You’ll learn more about your favorite characters, and I’ll talk about what inspires me. And when I start working on my next novel, you’ll be the first to know.

For more information about Marina Martindale please visit the website at MarinaMartindale.com.

Back to the Land of the Living

Sometimes life isn’t much fun

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No, I haven’t fallen off the planet, although it may appear that way. I’m exactly sure what I had. But whatever it was, I’ve never been this sick for this long in my life.


It all started at the end of February. I felt like I was coming down with mild cold, so I really didn’t feel bad at all. A few days later I looked in the mirror and noticed I had an eye infection. (Conjunctivitis.) It quickly spread to the other eye. Typical. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious, but usually not serious. Just irritating. Unfortunately, it was only the beginning.


My left ear suddenly ruptured and started bleeding. I wasn’t exactly pleased at that point. (Panicked is more like it.) The following morning I went to urgent care. They prescribed antibiotics, and they helped some. The eyes cleared up, but both ears were infected. I spent the next couple weeks hardly able to hear. Someone suggested Flonase, and it helped. However, as I’m writing, I’m still not fully recovered. I finally saw ENT physician a few days ago. Thankfully, the ruptured eardrum has healed. I had some other complications as well, but I’m finally on the mend. It’s about time.


I tried to do some writing while I was sick, but it was hard for me to focus. No doubt infections affect your brain as well. So I spent most days napping, playing solitaire and watching YouTube videos. That’s when I stumbled on an impressive young filmmaker. His name is Arthur Dark. His YouTube series is called Hollywood Graveyard. While it may sound morbid to some, it’s actually well researched, full of interesting history, and well produced. This kid has talent and, hopefully, he’ll go far.  Go check him out. 


Now that I’m finally feeling better I’m getting back to doing the things I enjoy doing. I’m playing my piano and out and listening to live music. I’ve resumed blogging, and, of course, writing. I’m busy finishing up my latest novel, and I hope to have it out this summer. 


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New Year New Kitchen

BEFORE
Photo by Marina Martindale

Sometimes life happens, and we writers get distracted. Such was the case with me this past January. My house was built in 1965. I purchased it in 2008. Someone did a not so lovely kitchen remodel in the 90s, and it really looked dull and dated. And while I loved the idea of a new kitchen, I wasn’t so gung ho on the idea of turning my home into a construction zone. So, I kept putting it off. And putting it off. But it had to be done, sooner or later. 

So my kitchen went offline for most of January, with my appliances, dishes and cookware piled up in my dining room. And while I was able to do edits and revisions, I simply was unable to write. Funny how our minds work. When we’re under a lot of stress our creativity just goes.

AFTER
Photo by Marina Martindale


Thankfully, all things come to an end, including a kitchen remodel. And the end result was well worth it. As I loaded my dishes and cookware into the new cabinetry it felt like I was moving into a new home. So now that it’s over I’m back at work on my latest novel, The Scandal, which I plan to release this summer. I’m also coming up with an idea for the novel after that. It’s good to be back.


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Remembering Rosamunde Pilcher

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Photo by Marina Martindale

I was an avid reader long before I ever dreamed of becoming an author, and I’ll always remember my mother giving me one of her books and telling me I had to read it. She said it was one of the best novels she had ever read. The book was The Shell Seekers. The author was Rosamunde Pilcher.


As soon as I started reading I was instantly pulled into the story and I couldn’t put it down. Such amazing, unforgettable characters. And even though it was a long book, I was sorry when the story finally came to its end. Since that time I’ve read other Rosamunde Pilcher novels, and all were amazing. She truly was a gifted storyteller, and she has been and always will be an inspiration to me as an author. She will truly be missed.


MM

New Year, New Newsletter

Happy 2019 everyone.

Now that the holidays are officially over I want to let you know about some exciting things are happening here in “Marina Land.”

I’m working hard on my next novel, The Scandal. It will be available later this year. 

I’m also launching a newsletter, and I’ll be giving away a free Kindle edition of one of my books in each issue. All you have to do to enter is sign up for the newsletter and then open it when it arrives in your inbox. The sign up form is at the bottom of the page. Your information is safe and secure and will never be shared with a third party. You can also unsubscribe at any time.


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Remembering Gloria

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Photo by Marina Martindale

It’s been a challenging couple of weeks. My  dear friend, and proofreader, Gloria Gray, suffered a serious stoke earlier this month, and, sadly, she has passed away from complications.


Gloria was my proofreader for The Stalker,and The LetterShe had been a proofreader for a newspaper for many years, and was a delight to work with. Gloria had an eagle eye when it came to finding typos, misspellings or wrong homonyms. She would also let me know if a paragraph seemed ambiguous or confusing so I could change the phrasing. We used to talk about the characters and the things they did. She really loved my books, and was one of my biggest fans. I talked with her a few times about my current book in progress, The Scandal. She was really looking forward to proofreading it.


Gloria and I also shared a love of music. In fact, we met through a mutual friend who is a jazz singer. Sometimes I’d take her with me to a few other friends’ gigs. She always enjoyed them. 


People like Gloria don’t come along everyday. She had a good heart and she always had your back. She will most certainly be missed.


MM

My New Blog

Black and white image of Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Don’t worry, Marina Martindale’s Musings will still be here. However I’ve started up a new photography blog.


Like writing, photography, is one of my life’s passions. Must be why some of my characters, like Carrie Daniels in The Deception, and Danny Woodruff, in The Letter are photographers as too. I’ve even shared a few of photos on this blog, so my new blog is for my photography. And don’t let the name fool you. I create things under different names. I hope you’ll go over and have a look.

https://gaylemartinphotographer.com/


Meantime I’m coming along on my latest manuscript, The Scandal, so stay tuned.


MM

Prescott, Arizona Travels

When I’m not writing I enjoy traveling and photography. One of my favorite places to visit is Prescott, Arizona. This scenic historic town is about a three hour drive from Tucson. Whenever I’m here I enjoy shopping, being pampered at the hotel spa, and, of course, photography. Courthouse Square is one of my favorite spots in Prescott. It offers plenty of shopping and unique restaurants. The historic Sharlot Hall Museum is also close by.

Another thing I do in Prescott is write. When I’m not shopping or taking photos I’m hanging out in my room and writing. There are fewer distractions here. I don’t have to stop in the middle of something to get to an appointment or run errands. And, most especially, there’s no cooking or cleaning. The hotel is refreshingly quiet too. So please enjoy this video while I go to work on my next novel.

MM