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A Time For Reflection

Sharon and I would like to thank all of our readers and supporters of LifeBytes™ for being there for us. We appreciate it. We know people’s schedule are busy and you can spend your time doing a lot of other things than reading our blog or attending our book events. So, as this is a time for reflection, I want to thank everyone who has supported us here at LifeBytes™!

A Time For Reflection – Thank You! Thank You!

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As Easter and Passover are celebrated this week, I think we should all take a little time to reflect on what these holidays mean. For Christians, it is about the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. It is a time of re-birth and renewal. Take this time to figure out how you want to renew your spirit and what re-birth you want in your life whether that pertains to dating, who you date, going after a goal, how you interact with family, getting more involved with charities or figuring your time management.

Reflect On What Kind Of Life You Want

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Passover as a commemoration of the Jewish people’s liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt that was ruled by the Pharaohs, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. To have freedom to practice what you want and be who you are is taken for granted. The fact that anyone is held captive under slavery and their personal choices, freedom and activities are judged or restricted is completely immoral. So, celebrate that you have free will and that you can pursue whatever life you want with the person and people of your choice.

Be Thankful For What You Have

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Reflect on what is good in your life and what you have to be thankful for. Sure, we all have downs or crisis or rough times. That is life. But, having gratitude for family, friends and anything positive in your life will keep you centered. And, it will project your light from within to people you meet. And, if you are on a date, that can only radiate goodness and make your more attractive.

It’s All Good – Be Positive

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Wishing everyone a peaceful and blessed Holiday! Sharon and I have gratitude every day for our own friendship, the support of every reader of LifeBytes and every person who supports our book events and our Tweets. I am thankful for life, family, friends and having the venues to be creative and pursue my goals and dreams!

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LifeBytes…2012 in review

Happy New Year friends! It’s been a busy year for Mariann and I. Our blog is growing. Our book LifeBytes, Real Stories of Online Dating is moving along slowly and we are really excited about 2013 as we’re hoping to have some new developments on the book front!

LifeBytes – On the Web

This year also brought us the opportunity to sign on as #SWEXPERTS with Singles Warehouse, and what a great partnership that has become. If you haven’t done so yet, please head on over to their site and check out not only our posts but all of the fine writing from the BEST dating and relationship bloggers in the world. We’re honored to be in such talented company!

Mariann and I wish you all health, happiness and MUCH LOVE in the coming year…XOXOXOXO

Here’s a bit from WordPress about what we were up to in 2012!:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 20,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Online Dating and Bulima…Perfect Together!

Don't bother me now, I'm getting ready for my date.

Early on in our LifeBytes project, Mariann and I attended the International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) weekend writing conference. Sunday afternoon featured a “meet the agents” session. Mare and I attended, eagerly clutching our book proposal, ready to sell our idea to a literary agent. We were, and still are, enamored of our anthology concept and excited to offer it to an agent for representation. After all, how could they not LOVE this idea.

We made our way to the hall where the agents had set up tables. We had approximately four minutes to pitch our proposal to each agent, and we had about three that we’d targeted as being good agents for us. We thought we’d sail in there, make out pitches and chill out over a glass of wine while the bidding war waged on. HA.

First, there were hundreds of women on line to pitch various agents. Apparently ALL of them had stellar books to propose (of course, ours is better…:). So, we queued up on a line. By the time we got to our first agent “Lucy Litqueen” our feet hurt, but we were undaunted…history was about to be made. We began our pitch.

“True stories about the ups and downs of online dating. Like Chicken Soup for the Soul, but without all the touchy-feely stuff. More real-life stories. Fun, Exciting. Sexy. Playful.”

Lucy put her hand up, raised her head slightly, and waved said hand in a limp-wristed imitation of the Queen’s Royal Wave.

“Hmm, anthologies are hard to sell. But there is one coming out that seems to be good. It’s about…”

Mare and I glanced at each other…about singles? Dating? Something akin to our exciting romp in the online dating world??

“BULIMIA. Do you have any stories in there like that? Eating disorders are very big these days. OH…and do you have any stories by celebrities??”

And thus began our long and continuing trek through the land of literary agents.

We did, that evening, chill out to a glass or two of wine. Although instead of pondering the results of a bidding war we ended up laughing hysterically at the pitch letters we could send to celebrities, asking for submissions:

Dear Obscenely Skinny, Single Movie Star,
We understand from the National Enquirer, that you are bulimic AND suddenly single again after a long 3 week marriage. We were quite thrilled to hear this as we are editing an anthology about bulimic online daters! We don’t know if you’re actually dating online or just having your agent pimp you out to single Hollywood, but you are Bulimic and that’s half the battle! If you are interested in contributing a story to our book, we’d set you up with a Match.com account so you could start compiling some skinny-ass dating stories. We could even get Snooki Polizzi from “The Jersey Shore” to ghost-write it for you. We heard that she wrote her book “all by herself” you know ;).

To this day Mariann and I are still at a loss as to what the connection between a book that’s “Fun, Exciting. Sexy. Playful” is to Bulimia – but you can’t say we don’t have a sense of humor about it.

Sharon

This Is Harder Than Dating!

When Mariann and I decided to compile true stories about online dating we went into it with that old “Our Gang” mentality. As in “Let’s put on a show…my dad has a barn we can use!!” and voila…twenty minutes later there’s a full-scale musical revue complete with washtub orchestra and costumes. Not so – creating and publishing an anthology, even one as fabulous  as “LifeBytes™, Real Stories” takes a bit more time, and work, and patience.

Luckily Mare and I, creative business-women to the core, relish the hard work and have patience and determination to spare. And apparently we are getting to use as much of it as the good Lord has seen fit to grace us with.

Publishing is a strange universe and Mare and I have spent as much, if not more, time learning to navigate it as we have in compiling and editing stories for our first anthology. We’ve had to deal with convincing potential agents that computer dating is about meeting other people online, not about dating actual computers. Seriously, we’ve had to do that…agents it seems are Luddites at heart. But…we have found recently that some agents are actually understanding the concept. A step in the right direction – or at least into the 21st Century!

We’ve been in negotiations with an agent over an agency agreement…and have had that agent seemingly fall off the face of the earth. Very frustrating, but we forge on. We’ve seen friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers get excited about the possibility of reading LifeBytes (or contributing to future volumes). This is one of the things that keeps us going on this project – that and the amazing stories we’ve been collecting from around the globe from singles and formerly singles about their ups and downs in the cyber-dating world. And we send thanks to each and every one of them for their infinite patience in this slow process.

Recently Mariann and I were entertaining our friends with tales of our adventures in publishing and realized that the “real stories” of getting this book produced are as weird and interesting as our dating sagas. So, we thought you’d all enjoy hearing some of them, and of course our contributing authors deserve to be able to at least laugh and cry with us a bit about all this nonsense. So we’ve decided to add an occasional additional post to LifeBytes for your edification, entertainment and overall sharing of our pain.

More to come…
Sharon