I'm about to reach that milestone, happily of course, but what does it really mean?
What’s your favorite part about being a Yooper? (I was one once, very briefly, and even though Michigan Tech spit me out, I have fond memories.)
I wanna be the first to congratulate you! And married at eighteen? Isn't that what girls did back then when they got out of high school? (I mean, I wouldn't know because I was born at the tail end of the 50's.) But when we tell people my wife was 22 when we got married, they think it's too young. My mother was 22 when she got married, but that's because my dad insisted they wait until after the war, which made a lot of sense since he was in the Underground. (That's what they called the Resistance.) Enjoy your day!
Congrats on the magic 1,000! Very exciting, and you are deservedly proud. And I do have a question but it's as a book author. I know people read my books. I'm not sure how many. I've had some nice reviews. I have ratings on Amazon, usually 4 and 5 star (Extra question: why do the trolls look at a book with 25 4 and 5 star ratings and leave a ONE star rating and no review? If you hated the book, I'd really like to know why!). I get pretty decent Kindle Unlimited page reads ( I do not have all my books on KU, but rotate them). Huge problem: marketing with limited means. I mean, REALLY limited. Well, I keep telling myself it's fine, I don't write to get rich (or even pay my bills...that ain't happening!) or famous (I do appreciate that my character Augusta McKee seems to have a respectable number of fans). I guess my best bet is bite the bullet and be grateful I sell some books every month botth on line and with the local organizations that carry my books. Mainly I post promotions on my FB pages (personal and professional). Any suggestions as to what else I can do that is free or at least wouldn't take food out of my kitty's mouth?
Wahoo Ramona!!!! This is fantastic and wonderful and deserves cake. A thousand subscribers is a massive milestone!
I haven’t been around too long but it seems like your writing keeps getting better and better. It gets deeper and personal and very funny! It is enriching. So I guess one question I have is is there any one thing you would attribute to this shift?
My second and main question is what is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
What a fascinating life you've had! I hope you're writing a memoir. And congratulations on your soon-to-be-achieved 1,000!
I will see your Wa-Hoo and raise you a WOOT-WOOT!
I've got hundreds to go before I reach 1000, so thank you for modeling that this is A BIG DEAL and when I get there I get to celebrate. I'm so happy for you!
Here's a question for you, since you seem to have a history of meeting famous writers... Who's your favorite writer you've ever met? What's that story?
Yay, Ramona! Huzzah! 🙌 So, because resilience and the need to be resilient is on my mind, where did you find your resilience as a writer? How did you keep going? Here’s another question: what’s your favorite bird?
Congratulations. I have been hovering around 175 for weeks now but I am thrilled to be so close to 200. 1000 seems Biden years away! 🙄
Congratulations! My burning question is: what kind of ceramics did you study?
I know! We were picking dates for a trip to Europe without even realizing it was coming up.
Congrats are getting so close to that milestone. Have little doubt you'll reach it within days. I love your perspective on maturity and being free to write whatever and whenever without distractions. Since leaving my college fine art teaching position 9 years ago, I have slowly reached the point of feeling free to create art whenever and however I wish. Writing entered the picture more consistently along the way as well. Being free to experiment with the processes of making art/writing and discover my truer self along the way is beautiful. Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us.
Congratulations! I am so happy for you, and happy to be learning from you and connecting with a fellow Michigander over the magic of the internet. So what is the best time of the summer to visit the UP? And can we see the Northern Lights in the summer? Because that's my summer 2025 goal 😊
Huge congrats Ramona. Hope to join you in the 1000 club in a few months. You probably have answered this many times before but what is the best writing advice you have ever heard?
Ramona, huge congrats on the 1k milestone! What’s the secret (or is there a secret?) to getting free subscribers?? Sending a hug.
A well-deserved milestone! I'd subscribe again if I could, to help get you over the line, but I know you'll get there "the right way" in no time flat. I love how organically those ~1K folks discovered you and the delightful experience of reading your words.
My question: Related to writing (because I have a few ideas about how you might respond without that guardrail) - what worries you, or challenges you most, at this point in your journey?
One last comment: I'm glad you didn't have to die for this post. 🤣 I'm enjoying reading what others are asking.