Silent but sparkly

Once I figured out I was going to BlogHer10, I had a new slew of crazy to add to my regular To-Do List. And even though I'm still navigating the joys of cross-country childcare, a trip top Michigan to drop off Buttercup so I can hope another plane to NYC from there after she's safe and sound with my mom, and of course, figuring out how much it's all going to cost me when I finally book a plane ticket, I can  still call it good. After all, I've got my self-proclaimed official BlogHer10 Blog Bling from Survival of The Hippest in my hot little hands.

Yeah, I know I still have to arrange for dog care, call a neighbor to pick up the mail, have someone else stop by to feed Buttercup's new Birthday Fish, and make sure another someone else is on standby to dispose of the body and run out for Emergency Backup Birthday Fish should Original Birthday Fish not survive to two-week trip to Michigan that's sandwiching my BlogHer10 festivities...

But let's concentrate on my new shiny, pretty, Sparklies.

It keeps me calm, people. It keeps me calm.

First up we have my super-awesome-because-it's-mine key chain. This bad boy is made of sterling silver, spelled correctly, and sure to reflect all known sources of light from that mega-huge purse that I'm still looking for, because that's where I plan to hang it.

And you can bet your ass I plan on working it into the conversation if this conversation-starter just happens to go unnoticed.

Hi! Nice to meet you! My name is Pauline and I'm Aspiring Mama on Twitter." Smile, smile, gush, gush, chuckle for effect. "Lemme get you a business card from my purse. Oh this?" Bigger smile as the camera pans in. "It's my new twitter bling from Survival of the Hippest. No, they didn't sponsor. I paid my own moolah. But that's cuz I love them!

What do you mean, actually use it as a key chain? Are you crazy? Oh no! This baby stays on my purse, where it can be protected, fawned over, and shown off on a regular basis, but thanks for asking!

The bracelet, while super awesome in and of itself, could be attributed to allowing myself to hit SUBMIT ORDER before letting myself think the whole process through. My friend and BlogHer10 roomie, Juliette, just spent a very reasonable amount of money on business cards and other Things That Make Sense. I? spent a very unreasonable amount of money on Things That Don't.

And here's the beauty of it, folks.  I still feel good about it. Because thanks to Survival of the Hippest, I can count on making an impression even if I don't squee, fan-girl, or otherwise make an ass of myself.

But since we all know I'll be doing plenty of all of those, I can now safely say all my bases are covered.

A reflection of me

If you've been reading the blog for more than a week, you know I had a recent "face lift" in an attempt to better brand myself. The old blog design, while super cute, was a freebie wordpress theme that got old fast when I found out I wasn't the only blogger writer with a blog using it. I know. I know.

Gasp! Right?

So it was time to get some new bloggy threads.

That's where my new Bloggy Boot Camp friend, Becca, came in. I sent her the images of the approved final designs for my new business cards created by the uber-rific Marlynn Shotland, also a new friend I connected with in Pheonix, and voila...I suddenly had a site to complement the cards that I can only describe as looking at my reflection on paper.

The old cards I had were cheap and cute, but they were cheap before they were anything else. And if there's one thing I learned when Lindsey Garrett handed me her business card during the bootcamp lunch a few weeks ago, first impressions are really that important. Wanna know why?

Because out of the 100 or so business cards I came home with from Bloggy Bootcamp, hers is the one that stands out. It was just that awesome.

I want to be that chick. The one with the business cards that wow at The National Latino Writer's Conference.

And guess what? I'll be beyond proud to pass these bad boys out for a long time coming.

biz card front

The design itself is just all kinds of awesome. Marlynn knew what I wanted before I did. A notebook design? For me? A former reporter turned memoir writer? Seriously, Marlynn, I can't even express what a genius you are.

biz card backThe back I am especially proud of. Marlynn had asked if I wanted one or two-sided cards, and going back to Lindsey's design, I decided I wanted to wow whoever puts these in their pockets coming and going. So I put my thinking cap on to come up with something that said "writer-mama." That little bit of genius above is what I came up with.

The Husband didn't roll his eyes. Twitter Best Friend Juliette laughed out loud. And Marlynn wholeheartedly approved. So I signed off on the design.

Then I got them in the mail. And you know that whole glassy-eyed, sighing, head-in-the-sky, constantly staring at the new sparklies on the left had that the newly engaged do? Yeah...that's me...but with the business cards and the new blog design.

Thanks, Becca and Marlynn. You made me feel all writerly and professional and stuffs.

Definition: Me

"So just email me the text you want for your business cards and we'll get started on some designs for you to choose from." That's Marlynn Schotland, a.k.a @designmama, talking. I fell in love with another bloggy boot camp conference attendee's business cards, decided I needed a new look, and asked Marlynn to design some cards for me when I saw what she had to offer at the conference. I'm going to the National Latino Writer's Conference in less than a week and am shooting for being as memorable as I can be.

I fire off an email, thinking I'm so done with this and move on to my Table of Contents for my book. I'm way busy right now trying to get it done before I leave so I can not look like a jackass should an agent actually ask me for my proposal at the conference. I don't get very far when I realize I only asked Marlynn to include name, phone, and email on my cards. I should email her back and ask her to add my blog address. So I do. Email sent and head right back in the TOC.

Wait! I didn't put "writer/blogger" under my name. I start a new email and decide to send Twitter BFF Juliette a google talk message first.

"Biz cards: Under name do I put "writer/blogger" or just one or the other?"

She writes back quickly and says the same thing The Husband told me five minutes earlier when I asked him. "Writer. Bloggers just write blogs. Don't pigeon-hole yourself."

I might have magazine articles, newspaper clips, essays, poetry, and children's books in the works that all say "by Pauline M. Campos" in files at home, but just listening to Juliette and The Husband isn't that easy. A huge part of who I am is on this site. Shouldn't I acknowledge it on my business card? Juliette tells me not to be an idiot. So I look up definitions.

Writer:

A person who writes, or produces literary work en.wiktionary.org/wiki/writer

writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

a person who is able to write and has written something

wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

*writing - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"

*writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"

*writing - (usually plural) the collected work of an author; "the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"

*writing - letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language; "he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show"; "the doctor's writing was illegible"

*writing - the activity of putting something in written form; "she did the thinking while he did the writing"

wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

Blogger:

a person who keeps and updates a blog wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

A blog (a contraction of the term "web log")[1] is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloggers

I choose writer. Because that's what I do. I include the Aspiring Mama URL because that's one of the places I do it.