Then I woke up.
And holy moly I treated myself to a cookie after that anxiety dream cause it was a doozy.
Nice to know we all have anxiety dreams isn't it?
Which leads me to today's topic.
My anxiety dream (upon reflection) meant I was worried about not being prepared (for what I don't know, but it's the start of the fall selling season and I've just started a new job so take your pick.)
I'm sure a lot of you have anxiety dreams about writing or publishing as well. It would be hard not to if it's on your mind.
Then it dawned on me that writers new to these shores, who haven't been here and commenting for months if not years, might feel anxious about launching themselves into the Comment Sea.
Might? WILL most likely. Being the new kid on the block is always hard.
And unlike Jack Reacher you don't want to establish your place in the school yard by taking on the biggest meanest shark and socking her in the eye.
So, here's how to join in the fun that is this Commentariat.
Generally we'll recognize you're new and welcome you. A couple blog readers may direct you to places to list yourself or your blog so you can tells us about yourself.
2. Join in the flash fiction contests.
Enter them. COMMENT on them, if only to point out the entries you liked (or didn't understand).
3. Be more than a name.
Make sure your website comes up when we click on your blogger posting name. Most people here like to be friends with real people not bots. Make yourself real.
4. Ask me a question to answer on the blog.
You do that by emailing me with the question. My email address is jreid at newleaflit dot com
5. Ask questions of other commenters.
We maintain civility here so "does your mother wear Army boots?" is not the right question but "Why was Colin exiled to Carkoon?" certainly could be. If someone mentions conferences, ask about that. This is a community, you're part of it.
6. Answer questions posed by other commenters.
7. Bring grist to the mill!
Generally hyperlinks to interesting articles are welcome. Hyperlinks to porn or promo sites for your book, not at all.
8. Keep your knickers unwadded.
Civility is enforced here. You don't have to agree with everyone, but you must express your opinions calmly and with lack of vitriol. Some opinions will not be greeted with much love, but that's ok. As long as fisticuffs (verbal or otherwise) are avoided, there's room in this bar for everyone.
The community that has grown up around this blog is amazing. I value it highly. I want to make sure that if you want to be a part of it you know how to get started. The rest is up to you!