All I was trying to do was create a group where people who are interested in all the various things I do (writing, art, gaming) can keep up with it all, and interact with each other, share things and find a community. I also created a page (now unpublished. I'm waiting for a bit to publish it, because I'm terrified that if I publish it, I will be locked out of my account. Again.) specifically for my gaming stuff. It will eventually be connected with the group.
Incidentally, if you're interested in joining the group, you can find it here. You're welcome to post things you find amusing yourself, things you think will make the group laugh, questions for me or others and so on. I will also be trying to cross post blog posts and YouTube videos, and pray to high Hell that it doesn't get my locked out of my account AGAIN!
I created the group because Facebook has, for a long time, been reducing page exposure on feeds of people - who have liked them - unless the page owner pays to "boost" a post. It's horseshit, is what it is. Now they're going to be trialling getting rid of page posts in the feeds entirely unless they're paid for. You'd have to travel to a different feed to keep up with the pages you've liked. One more click away. It actually makes a huge impact. It's frustrating and greedy, and I'm not impressed. People have liked someone's page because they're interested in hearing about the person/product and any news relating to it. Goddamn it, Facebook.
Facebook has consistently proven to be awful to and for its users, and I honestly would have deleted it long ago if there was another similar platform I could leverage for the same reach.
So, that has been my big frustration for the past week or so. I'm actually reducing my Facebook to professional only. Over the course of the next few months, I'll be slowly extricating my personal life from Facebook. My friends all have either my phone number or email address, and that's how I'll be contactable.
My big disappointment this week has to do with Skylark. The last of the big publishers accepting unagented submissions has not gotten back to me about my submission. Today is the last day of their 'if you don't hear from us in three weeks, we're not interested' policy. Granted, it was a long shot. I knew it going in. But still, I am a little disappointed.
Luckily, I am determined to have this book published, so I'll be submitting it to Renaissance Press on Wednesday. I want a day or two to look it over and make sure it's in good nick before I send it off again. In the event that they won't want to publish it, I'll be self-publishing this one.
Managing disappointment seems to be a constant in my life. Hot take: don't try to be a professional author if you can't manage disappointment.
So, that's been my life in the past week or so. Luckily, the weekend was awesomely filled with people I love. That more than makes up for it! Now I have work to do, so I'll stop grumbling about my life choices.