ellen mcbee

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Hashtag Happy!

I went to a presentation a few weeks ago by the talented and knowledgeable Susan Spann, who writes mysteries in which her lead detective is a sixteenth-century ninja. And you can read all about her here: http://www.susanspann.com/

Anyway, she was presenting about social media. And I know, I’m not very active here sometimes; some days there’s just too much to do and not enough space. But I’ve decided to start using more hashtags in my social media postings.

I’ve only done one so far, on my writer’s page on Facebook. And I have learned that people like pictures! And they like hashtags!

So I’ve been trying to choose my three “areas” for things I post about. Two were easy; writing life, interesting WWII stories with an emphasis on women’s stories especially if they involve combat, and…

Vaguebooking.

You know, when people post some passive-aggressive meme that is aimed at some particular Facebook Frenemy but don’t actually have the balls to take that person on directly?

I thought it would be fun to collect them and use them to entertain people. To be content that I provide.

So, watch this space! In blogging I suppose you just use tags. But look out for #writinglife #vaguebook and #scouts in the rest of my accounts!

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A little about me

So, folks who’ve known me for a long time know that it’s been a long-time ambition of mine to be a writer.  This blog is about my efforts and life and work because I can’t extricate those things from each other.

I’m originally from several tiny places in Tennessee.  I was born in Sewanee, I lived in Decherd as a young child, and after that we moved to a farm in Normandy.  My graduating class had fewer than 40 people in it.  After that I went to college at Sewanee (also small but huge to me) followed by a move to Boston, where I took an M.Ed. at U. Mass (finally, someplace  BIG!).  And now I live and raise a family in Los Alamos, NM (back to small).

I guess everybody’s life looks neat and compartmentalized when you try to limit it to a paragraph.

I have about a million hobbies that I rotate through from time to time.  Sometimes I’m not writing because I’m too busy knitting a sleeve on a sweater! 

The big adventure this summer is the long-awaited addition to our house in Los Alamos.  We’ve spent the past few weeks getting a new roof put on, and now I’m getting the soffits and fascia replaced.  Since in some places I’m expecting they’ll find whole colonies of birds living in there, this is a long overdue project.

The other big adventure is that I’m going to a writer’s conference, my very first one, in Jackson, Wyoming this summer.  And I’m going to meet….Sarah Bird! 

I know! 

I had to send in my sample for critiques (I’m getting a total of four and can’t wait) about a month ago and guess what, I’ve already changed the beginning.  At least I haven’t cut out the part I sent.  Anyway, she wrote the book I think is the first New Adult book I ever read, Alamo House.  Also, a book I recently read called The Gap Year, which had gorgeous imagery and made me question what goals we should really have for our kids as grownups.

All right.  Nice to meet all of you, looking forward to sharing my adventures!

Ellen

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