Thursday, February 08, 2007

Feedback about First Fridays is starting to come in and I'm cool with what I'm hearing. It's always great to hear reader's opinions of what you wrote. And, like I said, this time, I do feel more mellow with the feedback. After Counting Raindrops, there were some thoughts shared that made me want to ask, "Are you sure it's MY book you read?" LOL Not because it wasn't liked. But usually because of some reference drawn that was from an internal perspective and projected as the underlying factor for a scene, a character, or the whole purpose of my book. Usually something I never even thought of, but they swear up and down, that that's what I was saying. LOL Yeah, it was with Counting Raindrops that I learned that in addition to personal reading tastes, readers all have different realities which may cause them to have a completely different interpretation of your book and believe to the depths of their soul that "this" is what you meant. While they may be wrong in stating what I meant, they're not wrong in their personal interpretation. That's what I've come to learn and respect about readers. If they think it's the best thing since them. If they think it could be could be...for them. I think getting to this understanding has made me a sane writer. LOL

On another note, man...lots of stuff going on (stay tuned at my Myspace Page. First, I'm scheduled to do an interview for an online magazine that's off the hizzy (can I still say that?). Can't wait to share it with you. Also, I'm on eTour with Marguerite Press and will post the site locations and chat times. And I'm traveling to Cincinnati this weekend will sign at the following locaton:

Friday, February 9th, 2007; 6 – 8pm
Book Signing
Kenwood Town Center
7875 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Bill Carl

Busy, busy, busy, but I guess that's always a good thing. :-) And hey, I'm running a Valentine's Day Contest! Check it out! And for those of you who come out and get a book in Cincinnati, you'll be entered too!


kik Thu Feb 15, 08:35:00 AM EST  

Hey congratulations with your book. I'm glad you're a sane writer lol because I observed just by listening to some of my author friends and other avid readers the interpretation of what the readers perceive is sometimes very different from what the author had in mind while writing their story. But that in my opinion is the sign of a good writer when you get your readers to really read between the words and pick up something that they can relate or reflect upon in their own lives, even its their reality is so different from what you wrote. I'm learning to accept that for fact as I write.

Great job you're doing!

Cherlyn Michaels Thu Feb 15, 11:59:00 AM EST  

Hey Abstract,

Thanks for dropping by! I totally agree about the different interpretations. It's just like poetry, or, if I can say, the Bible. Ten people can read the same line and get 10 different interpretations. And I think once you realize that and accept it, the better off you are as a writer. LOL Thanks so much for your words!