I have fallen in love with Pinterest.
My Storybroad partner and friend — Tara — introduced me to it at the Romance Writers of America Conference in New York last summer. She is only too aware of my ineptness in social media, but she had the infinite patience to walk me through establishing an account. She told me I would love it. I just knew I would hate it. I’m not good at social media and I’m a dunce at anything electronic.
As usual she was right and I was wrong. I not only love it, I am consumed by it.. She knows me better than I do.
My greatest vice and most valuable tool in writing books is curiosity. I call it a vice because it can lead me into trouble. I start researching one tiny little fact — like how much money a Navy Seal makes (for my book in process) — and two days later I surface from my computer after being led through their training, exploits, use of military dogs, weapons, etc. One little tidbit leads me to another, and on and on and on. I can’t stop myself.
Pinterest is a minefield for someone inflicted by the curiosity virus. One thing always leads to another.
For instance, I started Pinterest with one purpose in mind: to promote my books. One board per book.
After six months, I have about one hundred boards about, well, everything.
My most popular one seems to be “Need A Smile” with pins that are guaranteed to make you smile. Could be a duck smelling a flower or a grinning dog. Whatever, I dare you to leave with smiling.
Then there are more serious boards. Frontier History offers photos of real time photos of famous bad men — and good ones like Texas Rangers — along with various Native American tribes, mining camps, houses of ill repute, etc.
There’s history boards. The American Revolution offers photos of the founding fathers, music, short media pieces of the causes of the war, and just about anything and everything about the American Revolution. Same with the Civil War Board and World War II.
There’s a board devoted to the love of dogs and another with photos of baby animals.
One of my favorites is a board on Fascinating Women. They range from Harriet Chalmers Adams, an adventurer and feminine badass, who was regarded as the foremost woman explorer of her time. She founded the Society of Woman Geographers. There’s also Rosanna Osterman, a civil war nurse who was also a spy and helped the Confederates retake Galveston on New Year’s day. There’s other women who saved hundreds of Jewish Children during War World II, who fought beside their husbands in the American Revolution and the Civil War or who served as spies during those two wars as well as World War II.. It’s very large board. There’s just no end to fascinating women; they’re great inspiration for future heroines.
There’s breathtaking photos on a board called, of course, Breathtaking Photos. And there’s photos of nearly familiar and unfamiliar animals.
The fun is going to the board of someone who likes one of my pins. I find more wonderful tidbits of history, or life, or humor. It’s endless knowledge.
Another favorite is music. There’s wonderful music available. Much of it is Scottish, including exceprts from Lord of the Dance.
I should emphasize that yes, I have boards on my books. Come visit them. Just type in Pinterest and search papotter0004.
I might add Tara is one of my most favorite people in the world but, darn it, she infected me with Pinterest. Be cautious or you, too, might catch the bug.