Monday, February 16, 2009

A fleeting feeling, or maybe I'm hearing things

Tonight as I put the final touches on an illustrator interview I'm featuring tomorrow at the Brown Bookshelf, I heard this little voice. It asked: "Does it really make sense for you to spend so much of your valuable time promoting other illustrators, when you could use some promotion and higher visibility your dog-gone self?"

It wasn't an audible voice; it was more like an uncomfortable feeling that I gave words to.

I don't know, I'm gonna shake it off and hope in the long run I'm doing the right thing.


shadrieka said...

My theory is this:
Every piece of positive energy you put out in the world comes back to you. With every person you promote, you make a connection. So, though you may not see the rewards immediately, they do appear. This year is proof for me that karma, faith, God, etc. does show up and surprise you in ways you never imagined.

In the meantime, from one book lover to the next, thanks for all that you do. It means a lot.~

Don Tate II said...

Shadra, thanks. I think the key words here, for me, are "book lover." That's why I'm doing this, to support good books and their creators. So if I can keep my ego at bay, I'll keep doing what I'm doing.

Yolanda said...

Keep on doing what you are doing. You've definitely been a blessing and inspiration- and those things will return to you tenfold over.

Paula said...

Don, maybe you'll take some comfort in knowing that I - as your fellow BBS/promoting other people's books partner, go through the same sentiments.

When we're in the midst of things (no less than three months of work) I think - when will someone do the same for me?

But I believe in our mission and though sometimes the tangible benefits are few, feel strongly that we're better creators and people for doing what we're doing.

Nicole Tadgell said...

I second what Shadra said! We're all connected in some way, and if we all support one anotheer, only good things can happen, it's just a matter of time. :)

Kathrrin said...

"You change your profile picture more than a 12-year=old girl"

It sound so familiar... I know people who become so addicted to facebook, and twitter, that they neglect to converse with friends they are in the room with. These people change their default picture often trying to ‘look grown’ and ’sexy’. These people spend every breathing second on Facebook messaging with his friends and even with strangers giving them private details... Regretfully, my 12 y/o child is the same as most other teens. I was so over it. I had no chance then to limit my kid’s time spent on Facebook and the Internet in whole. I set the scheduler to restrict Internet access while we aren’t at home with help of parental control tool called Ez Internet Timer.
I hope that some people/teens have chosen to fast these technologies, because they'll realize they are consumed by it