Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Transcript for Marjorie M Liu Event

Here is the edited transcript from the event on August 4 in Second Life with New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M Liu. Her new book is The Fire King.

[11:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Marjorie - how are those thunder storms?
[11:01] MarjorieMLiu India: Those thunder storms are raging! I hope we don't have flooding in town.
[11:01] Cybergrrl Oh: Everyone - coffee is fresh on the table over there
[11:02] Cybergrrl Oh: First of all, thank you to Marjorie for being here - we're thrilled to have you!
[11:02] Terry Lightfoot applauds
[11:02] MarjorieMLiu India: I'm thrilled to be here. Thank you!
[11:03] Cybergrrl Oh: The format today is roundtable
[11:03] Cybergrrl Oh: We do have some questions prepared...
[11:03] Cybergrrl Oh: that were submitted by fans of Marjorie's and we want to start with those, however...
[11:03] Cybergrrl Oh: We also want you to have the chance to speak directly with Marjorie but Alas and I will moderate.
[11:04] Cybergrrl Oh: Please put Q in front of your questions. Feel free to comment at will. If it becomes too confusing, then we'll resort to private IM questions to me.



[11:04] Cybergrrl Oh: Now without any further ado...
[11:05] Cybergrrl Oh: Let me intro myself first.
[11:05] Cybergrrl Oh: I'm Cybergrrl Oh, co-owner of Athena Isle and co-owner of Conversify social media marketing group.
[11:05] Cybergrrl Oh: Alas, please introduce yourself and then our wonderful guest!
[11:06] Alas Zerbino: I'm Alas Zerbino, co-owner of the Story Mountain Center for Writers here on Athena Isle.
[11:06] Alas Zerbino: I also write the blog WRITERS IN THE (virtual) SKY about writing resources in Second Life.
[11:06] Alas Zerbino: Welcome, Marjorie!
[11:06] MarjorieMLiu India: Hello!
[11:07] Cybergrrl Oh: You have the questions from the fans, Alas?
[11:07] Jenny Bolero applauds :-)
[11:07] Cybergrrl Oh applauds
[11:07] Alas Zerbino: Marjorie is one of those amazing people I envy -- a fantastic, prolific author!
[11:07] Amy305 Guardian: applauding marjorie!
[11:07] Alas Zerbino: and from my part of the world, even (I live in WI in RL)
[11:07] MarjorieMLiu India: lol Thank you for having me here!
[11:07] Alas Zerbino: So, let's begin with the questions from the fans.
[11:07] MarjorieMLiu India: WI? I love WI.
[11:08] Terry Lightfoot: (Wisconsin, no?)
[11:08] Alas Zerbino: Yes, Wisconsin.
[11:08] Cybergrrl Oh: (yes, Wisconsin. Cheeseheads?)
[11:08] Alas Zerbino: Question from Holly: Why did you choose to write Soria with one arm?
[11:08] Terry Lightfoot: lol
[11:08] Alas Zerbino: LOL -- cheeseheads indeed
[11:08] Cybergrrl Oh: One moment...did we intro our guest? Bio?
[11:09] Cybergrrl Oh: Also, we need to set the stage for all of us who haven't yet read Marjorie's books (shame on me!)
[11:09] Alas Zerbino: Marjorie M Liu is a NY Times best-selling author
[11:09] Alas Zerbino: she writes in various genres, including sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal romance
[11:09] Alas Zerbino: often all in the same book.
[11:09] MarjorieMLiu India: :-)
[11:09] Alas Zerbino: She has written many novels, and in several series.
[11:10] Alas Zerbino: Her latest novel, The Fire King, has just been released.
[11:10] Alas Zerbino: It's the latest in the Dirk & Steele paranormal romance series
[11:10] Amy305 Guardian: loved it!!!!
[11:10] Cybergrrl Oh: Marjorie - why not tell us first about your Dirk & Steele series and bring us up to speed to The Fire King - then we can launch into the fan questions and then branch out to the group!
[11:12] MarjorieMLiu India: Sure! The Dirk & Steele series is about what a group of individuals - psychics, gargoyles, mermen, shape-shifters -- creatures out of legend who work together to...well, make the world a better place.
[11:12] Cybergrrl Oh: oooh mermen!
[11:12] Alas Zerbino: I love it!
[11:12] Amy305 Guardian: loved soul song too!
[11:12] MarjorieMLiu India: They hide in plain sight in this modern world, sometimes using magic, and get into all kinds of crazy trouble.
[11:12] Alas Zerbino: Is The fire King the 8th or 9th in the series?
[11:12] Cybergrrl Oh: (Amy is a tried & true fan! The rest of us are going to get sucked in...willingly)
[11:12] MarjorieMLiu India: The Fire King is the 9th.



[11:12] MarjorieMLiu India: Yay, Amy!
[11:12] Amy305 Guardian: thanks!
[11:13] Alas Zerbino: (I've been sucked in already)
[11:13] Jenny Bolero: Totally sucked in :-)
[11:13] Cybergrrl Oh: Now when we give you fan questions, Marjorie, you will have to explain a bit more to us newbies!
[11:13] MarjorieMLiu India: They're thrillers, romances, adventures, etc.
[11:13] Sufia Shepherd is getting interested if not sucked :))
[11:13] Alas Zerbino: Great characters, amazing plots
[11:13] Amy305 Guardian: :D
[11:13] Cybergrrl Oh: So we can move to the fan q's first
[11:14] Cybergrrl Oh: And of course they all know what is going on!
[11:14] Alas Zerbino: So let's begin with the fan questions submitted to Marjorie
[11:14] Alas Zerbino: Question from Holly: Why did you choose to write Soria with one arm?
[11:14] MarjorieMLiu India: I had been hearing about a lot of soldiers coming home from war missing limbs, and it really...got me.
[11:14] Alas Zerbino: (Soria is the main female character in Fire King)
[11:14] Darkling Elytis murmurs softly, nodding
[11:14] Alas Zerbino: wow -- awesome -- wouldn't have thought of that
[11:14] Amy305 Guardian: such an amazing woman btw!
[11:14] MarjorieMLiu India: So when I started writing The Fire King, it seemed natural, part of her character, that she have this terrible injury that she had been living with.
[11:14] MarjorieMLiu India: I wasn't trying to make a statement...it just fit the character, and what I was feeling at the time.
[11:15] Alas Zerbino: It really adds to the novel, too.
[11:15] MarjorieMLiu India: Thank you, I appreciate that.
[11:15] Cybergrrl Oh: ok, I'm breaking my rule and asking a Q now so everyone please do pipe in. I'll track.
[11:15] Amy305 Guardian: i wanted to cry for her when she wouldn't
[11:15] Alas Zerbino: Next question:
[11:15] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Does one-armedness play a key part in the action or just in her character development?
[11:15] Alas Zerbino: Question from Lori: Do you have any idea of what your next Dirk and Steele book/ story will be about and when it will be out?
[11:15] MarjorieMLiu India: It's just part of her character development, Cybergrrl.
[11:16] Cybergrrl Oh: Got it, thanks! very interesting!
[11:16] MarjorieMLiu India: The next one will be out in June 2010, and will be a pirate/merman/cryptozoologist/mass worldwide conspiracy story.
[11:16] MarjorieMLiu India: Taking place in the South China Seas.
[11:16] Darkling Elytis: oh, fun!
[11:16] Amy305 Guardian: soria was just so strong!
[11:16] Cybergrrl Oh: oooh, cryptozoologist! ;-)
[11:16] MarjorieMLiu India: :-)
[11:16] Sufia Shepherd: lol
[11:16] Alas Zerbino: Ooh! Sounds incredible!
[11:16] Amy305 Guardian: ooohhhh i likey that!
[11:16] MarjorieMLiu India: I'm having a really good time writing it.
[11:16] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Are there audiobooks available? Kindle versions?
[11:17] Jenny Bolero: I was wondering that.
[11:17] MarjorieMLiu India: I don't think there are audiobooks available for Dirk & Steele (yes, for Hunter Kiss, though), but they are on Kindle...except for the latest.
[11:17] Cybergrrl Oh: just like us geeky folks to want the digital formats!
[11:17] MarjorieMLiu India: I love my Kindle. :-)
[11:17] Amy305 Guardian: lol
[11:17] Cybergrrl Oh is thinking of buying a Kindle.
[11:17] Alas Zerbino: I know -- Fire King is NOT on Kindle yet :(
[11:17] Alas Zerbino: I LOVE my Kindle!
[11:18] Alas Zerbino: The description of your next book feeds into the next fan question....
[11:18] MarjorieMLiu India: I'm really shocked it's not on Kindle yet.
[11:18] Alas Zerbino: me too
[11:18] Alas Zerbino: Question from Samantha: I love the detail you go into when describing different countries. You manage to make it fit without sounding like a tourism advert. Do you pick the characters first, then the location or do you visit a location and then envision the characters there?
[11:18] Cybergrrl Oh: Q from Moonshadow: Q, You are on the best sellers list, can her books be aquired from any book store?
[11:18] MarjorieMLiu India: I pick the characters first, and then think about location.
[11:18] Jenny Bolero: Give us your publishers email, we'll spam them ;-)
[11:18] Terry Lightfoot: lol
[11:18] MarjorieMLiu India: Moonshadow: Yes, I hope so!
[11:19] Terry Lightfoot: (BRB)
[11:19] Cybergrrl Oh: What is the location of The Fire King?
[11:19] Moonshadow9 Blanco: great i will be looking for you books at my local bookstore then ;)
[11:19] MarjorieMLiu India: As for placing my books in different places around the world, I love to travel, and it gives me an excuse to do research -- even if it's just by reading about a place.
[11:19] MarjorieMLiu India: The Fire King is set in Central Asia.
[11:20] Sufia Shepherd: UK?
[11:20] Sufia Shepherd: welcome to pop in...
[11:20] Sufia Shepherd: Asia more exotic
[11:20] Amy305 Guardian: Q: ever think of visiting Canada? HEHE!
[11:20] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: So where did you travel that inspired the locale for The Fire King?
[11:21] MarjorieMLiu India: I've been up around Mongolia, and the history of the region, including the Silk Road, has fascinated me for years.
[11:21] Amy305 Guardian: sounds amazing
[11:21] MarjorieMLiu India: Thank you, Amy.
[11:21] Lula Luminos: thankyou - hello :)
[11:21] Amy305 Guardian: ;)on
[11:21] MarjorieMLiu India: Hi Lula!
[11:21] Alas Zerbino: Another question from a fan...
[11:21] Alas Zerbino: Question from Gail: Are you writing the series as an open-ended until the ideas run out thing or do you have an overall storyline that will end in a grand finale? If the answer is B, how many more books do we have to look forward to?
[11:22] Bart Kling: Q: Shame on me I did not read the book...but I would like to ask you how social media has changed the relation with your readers?
[11:22] MarjorieMLiu India: The series is open-ended, though I will be dealing with tying up some loose ends, or at least, explaining some of the conspiracies, over the course of the next two books.
[11:22] Cybergrrl Oh: Great question about series or open-ended. I always wonder about that with authors.
[11:23] Amy305 Guardian: yay!
[11:23] Alas Zerbino: Bart, good question about social media.
[11:23] MarjorieMLiu India: I wish I was a better planner when it comes to my series, but I play things by ear!
[11:23] Amy305 Guardian: sometimes that makes for the best stories
[11:24] Alas Zerbino: Q: How do you see the world of books changing (if at all) due to e-books, the ubiquity of the Internet, social media, etc.?
[11:24] MarjorieMLiu India: Amy - I do like to write by the seat of my pants, that's for sure.
[11:24] Amy305 Guardian: give me real books any day over any digital version!
[11:24] MarjorieMLiu India: Alas, good question - it's hard to say, really. I think there is room for both, and what I've found is that some NY Times Bestselling authors were discovered/first published by e-publishers.
[11:24] Amy305 Guardian: i like to have my hands on a good juicy novel!
[11:25] Jenny Bolero: Oh I don't know, 50 books in my pocket can be handy, but sure, print is king ;-)
[11:25] MarjorieMLiu India: Personally, I love both e-versions and the physical books. When I travel, the Kindle can't be beat.
[11:25] Amy305 Guardian: ;)
[11:25] Alas Zerbino: Q: Why do you write series? And why more than one series at a time?
[11:25] Sufia Shepherd: hey SBC
[11:25] MarjorieMLiu India: But when I'm at home on a rainy day? Holding that book in my hand is wonderful.
[11:26] Cybergrrl Oh: Did we answer Bart Kling's Q: Shame on me I did not read the book...but I would like to ask you how social media has changed the relation with your readers?
[11:26] Amy305 Guardian: ya i got ya there Marjorie
[11:26] MarjorieMLiu India: Alas - I love to tell different kinds of stories, which is why I write two series.
[11:26] MarjorieMLiu India: And it's fun to play in various universes!
[11:26] Alas Zerbino: Makes sense!
[11:26] Amy305 Guardian: definitely
[11:26] MarjorieMLiu India: Did Bart just ask a question that I missed?
[11:26] Jenny Bolero: That it is :-)
[11:27] Alas Zerbino: Bart Kling's Q: Shame on me I did not read the book...but I would like to ask you how social media has changed the relation with your readers?
[11:28] MarjorieMLiu India: Sorry I didn't catch that earlier, Bart. As for Social Media...I think it brings the author closer to the reader, certainly. And I love that, to be honest. I have the best readers, and my blog/twitter is a good way of keeping in touch with everyone.
[11:28] MarjorieMLiu India: Not just advertising for the books, but talking about writing, life, etc.
[11:28] Amy305 Guardian: yes, some of the blogs have been amazing
[11:28] Cybergrrl Oh: Chepooka can you paste in her Twitter URL and blog URL?
[11:29] MarjorieMLiu India: Writing is an isolating business, to some degree, and it's nice to have 'contact' with the outside world!
[11:29] Alas Zerbino: Yes! I totally agree, which is one of the great things about SL, too
[11:29] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Speaking of writing as isolating, not to get too personal, but how does your writing affect your personal relationships?
[11:29] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie on Twitter: http://twitter.com/marjoriemliu
[11:29] Moonshadow9 Blanco: so true Majorie
[11:29] Cybergrrl Oh: As I writer, I find it difficult to leave husband & 3yr old daughter just to WRITE.
[11:30] Alas Zerbino: Here's another question submitted by one of your fans:
[11:30] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie's Blog http://marjoriemliu.com/index.php?/blog/
[11:30] Alas Zerbino: Question from Cindy: All of your characters have such interesting names, how do you come up with them? Do you use a name book?
[11:30] MarjorieMLiu India: I have made wonderful friends that I wouldn't have, had I been doing something else with my life -- like practicing law. So in that sense, writing has been GREAT for my personal relationships!
[11:30] Chepooka Laval: Dirk & Steele blog http://dirkandsteele.posterous.com/
[11:30] MarjorieMLiu India: Cindy - I don't use a name book, unless I'm really stuck. Usually the names just come to me as I think about the character.
[11:30] Chepooka Laval: The Dirk & Steele Detective Agency on Facebook :) http://bit.ly/85kc9
[11:30] Amy305 Guardian: amazing!
[11:31] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: How about a character bible? I've not tried my hand at a fiction novel but seems to me it might e an interesting challenge to keep all the characters straight w/all their backstories.
[11:31] MarjorieMLiu India: I tried to write a character bible, and a series bible, but lost them on my other computer. HA!
[11:32] Amy305 Guardian: uh-oh!
[11:32] Cybergrrl Oh: LOL. Perils of electronic book writing!
[11:32] MarjorieMLiu India: It's easier just to rely on what's in my head.
[11:32] Chepooka Laval: haha whoopsies
[11:32] Darkling Elytis: technology can set us free... or delete our work in the wink of an eye ;)
[11:32] Cybergrrl Oh: Darkling, so true so true
[11:32] Amy305 Guardian: heh heh heh
[11:32] MarjorieMLiu India: Not always that accurate, though -- so sometimes I have to re-read a previous book to remind myself of what's going on.
[11:32] Chepooka Laval: :))
[11:33] Amy305 Guardian: and gee like that is a hardship eh? LOL
[11:33] Terry Lightfoot knocks on...plastic? at Darklings deletion comment
[11:33] Alas Zerbino: Q: You keep talking about the ideas, characters, etc., just come to you. Do you write from an outline ever?
[11:33] Cybergrrl Oh: Ah, the old fashioned "archive" method - reading past books of your own
[11:33] Alas Zerbino: LOL, Cybergrrl!!
[11:33] Cybergrrl Oh: great question Alas
[11:33] MarjorieMLiu India: I try to write from an outline -- or rather, I have tried -- and usually I deviate completely within the first couple pages.
[11:34] Amy305 Guardian: lol
[11:34] MarjorieMLiu India: Outlines are extremely useful. I'm just REALLY bad at writing them.
[11:34] Chepooka Laval: If you visit Marjorie's blog, she has some amazing articles on her writing process in recent archives
[11:34] Sufia Shepherd: :))
[11:34] Alas Zerbino: lol!
[11:34] Cybergrrl Oh is going to Amazon to buy herself a Kindle and the early Dirk & Steele books to catch up.
[11:34] MarjorieMLiu India: lol!
[11:34] Alas Zerbino: haha -- good!
[11:34] Sufia Shepherd: bulk buy?
[11:34] Moonshadow9 Blanco: hehe im right behind you cybergirl
[11:34] Cybergrrl Oh: Chepooka, that is awesome. For all of us aspiring novelists, hearing about process is a revelation.
[11:35] Alas Zerbino: Q: Do you ever think about *where* the ideas, names, etc., come from?
[11:35] MarjorieMLiu India: Everyone has a different way of going about writing a book. It's so personal. :-)
[11:35] Alas Zerbino: Yes, it is personal.
[11:35] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Marjorie - do you know how beneficial it is to the author - financially - for us to buy Kindle versions vs. paper books? Should we buy both to support your work?
[11:35] Cybergrrl Oh: Alas - maybe she is channeling something/someone? ;-)
[11:35] Alas Zerbino: And it's so valuable for a novice writer to realize that each writer's process is unique to them.
[11:36] Alas Zerbino: LOL, Cybergrrl!!
[11:36] MarjorieMLiu India: Alas - just depends....I get ideas from the news, myths, non-fiction, poetry, etc.
[11:36] MarjorieMLiu India: Yes, I'm channeling!!! :-)
[11:36] Alas Zerbino: I was actually thinking of her background....
[11:36] Alas Zerbino: In a sense, all writing is channeling!
[11:36] Alas Zerbino: :D
[11:36] MarjorieMLiu India: Kindle vs. hardcopies...hard to say. E-books have a different royalty structure, usually, but that depends on your contract.
[11:36] Terry Lightfoot: perhaps existence is channeling...
[11:37] Bart Kling: Q: if one day you should decide to change complete the genre of novels you write, which one would you choose and why?
[11:37] Alas Zerbino: good point, Terry!
[11:37] Terry Lightfoot: constant rp...
[11:37] Terry Lightfoot: ;-)
[11:37] Cybergrrl Oh: yes terry, we are all channel something at one time or another!
[11:37] MarjorieMLiu India: I will be writing a mystery, and have plans for a YA. I love writing all kinds of stories.
[11:37] Alas Zerbino: Oh wow, you are really versatile!
[11:38] Cybergrrl Oh: YA = Young Adult?
[11:38] MarjorieMLiu India: I get bored easily. :-)
[11:38] MarjorieMLiu India: Yes, that's Young Adult.
[11:38] Amy305 Guardian: well she is amazing alas!
[11:38] Alas Zerbino: Thank goodness for us readers you get bored!
[11:38] Amy305 Guardian: lol
[11:38] Alas Zerbino: lol, Amy
[11:38] MarjorieMLiu India: ha!
[11:38] Amy305 Guardian: ;)
[11:38] Alas Zerbino: Which relates to another question . . .
[11:38] Alas Zerbino: Q: Your books, as well as others, are "genre-blending": scifi, romance, fantasy, action thriller, urban fantasy, shapeshifter romance, etc. Is this changing publishing & reading habits?
[11:39] MarjorieMLiu India: I think so. Publishers have always been open to good stories, but now writing something that crosses genres is an asset, rather than a marketing nightmare. :-)
[11:39] Alas Zerbino: So it seems.
[11:39] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: How so? Because they can market to various channels? Or?
[11:39] Terry Lightfoot: :-)
[11:40] MarjorieMLiu India: I think, perhaps, because it makes books stand out from the crowd.
[11:40] Bart Kling: Q: How do you choose the covers of your books?
[11:40] MarjorieMLiu India: The hardest thing, though, is still trying to decide where a book should be shelved in a store -- romance vs. fantasty, for example.
[11:40] MarjorieMLiu India: Nope, no choice over my covers. I've been lucky, though!
[11:41] Terry Lightfoot: ahh..hmm...that would be a challenge. restricting them to one category seems a shame...
[11:41] Cybergrrl Oh: Even NYT bestsellers don't get to choose covers?
[11:41] Amy305 Guardian: love the tiger eye cover!
[11:41] MarjorieMLiu India: No!
[11:41] Alas Zerbino: yes, and there are new subgenres being added -- paranormal romance, urban fantasy, etc.
[11:41] MarjorieMLiu India: Thank you! That was my first book, and when I saw that cover, I almost cried (because I liked it so much)!
[11:41] Amy305 Guardian: :D
[11:42] Chepooka Laval: :)
[11:42] Cybergrrl Oh: Thank goodness!
[11:42] MarjorieMLiu India: I recently found out that the cover model to Tiger Eye is a friend of a friend.
[11:42] Alas Zerbino: Oh wow! Small world!
[11:42] Bart Kling: Q: your answer leads to another question......do you always like the cover of your books?
[11:42] MarjorieMLiu India: Tell me about it!
[11:42] Amy305 Guardian: she looks exactly how i would have pictured dela
[11:42] Alas Zerbino: amazing
[11:42] MarjorieMLiu India: I don't always like the covers of my books, but for the most part, I've been extremely pleased.
[11:43] Alas Zerbino: Q: Do you think you'll ever write a "mainstream" novel that isn't a specific genre?
[11:43] Amy305 Guardian: Q: what ones are on the bottom of the list for you?
[11:43] MarjorieMLiu India: Alas - I suspect I will. In fact, I'm pretty certain of it. :-)
[11:43] Alas Zerbino: Cool!
[11:43] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: You seem very active online interacting with fans and also running great book promotions. How much time is that taking you and how do you balance promoting and writing books?
[11:43] MarjorieMLiu India: Amy - as for covers...I had long discussions about the cover for The Last Twilight. It wasn't right in the beginning.
[11:44] MarjorieMLiu India: Luckily I have some wonderful help in the online promo department. Ahem ' Chepooka' ahem.
[11:44] Chepooka Laval: Aww *blushes*
[11:44] Alas Zerbino: Yes, I love your website design that Chepooka did.
[11:44] Amy305 Guardian: i like how it turned out though!
[11:44] Jenny Bolero: :-)
[11:44] MarjorieMLiu India: Oh, man - I love that website!
[11:44] Chepooka Laval: *bow* ty
[11:45] MarjorieMLiu India: She's totally genius!
[11:45] Cybergrrl Oh: Chepooka is a Goddess of design.
[11:45] Alas Zerbino: that's for sure!
[11:45] Chepooka Laval: stop lol okay next Q ;)
[11:45] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: You seem very active online interacting with fans and also running great book promotions. How much time is that taking you and how do you balance promoting and writing books?
[11:45] Amy305 Guardian: yay chepooka!
[11:45] Chepooka Laval: :))
[11:45] Alas Zerbino: Great question, Cybergrrl
[11:45] MarjorieMLiu India: You know, writing my blog and writing books still = writing. I love words. It's no burden.
[11:45] Amy305 Guardian: lol
[11:46] MarjorieMLiu India: Some days my blog is more thoughtful than others, though!
[11:46] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Some authors feel blogging is "giving away their writing for free" - how do you feel it helps/hurts what you do?
[11:46] MarjorieMLiu India: And if I've got a deadline, I just don't post.
[11:46] MarjorieMLiu India: I think it definitely helps! As for giving away writing for free...honestly, I think that's silly.
[11:47] Chepooka Laval: :) lol
[11:47] Alas Zerbino: Like someone would want to pay for my opinion!!
[11:47] Winston Dufaux: any writer should be grateful for exposure
[11:47] Alas Zerbino: lol
[11:47] MarjorieMLiu India: Exactly!
[11:47] Alas Zerbino: Q: What value, besides entertainment, do you think novels provide for readers?
[11:48] Cybergrrl Oh: Hey, I'm the gal with 12 blogs. LOL.
[11:48] Chepooka Laval: whoa, heavy question alas!
[11:48] Chepooka Laval: :)
[11:48] MarjorieMLiu India: I can only speak for myself, but novels are an escape for me, a chance to experience and live another life -- say, in Victorian England, or the Old West, or Outer Space!
[11:48] Alas Zerbino: lol (sorry - heehee)
[11:48] Chepooka Laval: cybergrrl down to just 12? ;)
[11:48] MarjorieMLiu India: 12 blogs? Dude.
[11:48] Chepooka Laval: sounds like SL! lol
[11:48] Cybergrrl Oh: Novels are escape for reader - never thought they'd be escape for writer, too...!
[11:48] Cybergrrl Oh: LOL. OK, I only tend to 6 regularly (semi).
[11:49] MarjorieMLiu India: Writing books can be an escape, too. :-)
[11:49] Winston Dufaux: some can even provide healing, personal growth
[11:49] MarjorieMLiu India: An escape into INSANITY! Ha!
[11:49] Cybergrrl Oh: good point Winston
[11:49] Jenny Bolero: lol
[11:49] Chepooka Laval: haha
[11:49] Amy305 Guardian: i love "escaping" from my kids!
[11:49] Winston Dufaux: seeing the world in new ways is always beneficial
[11:49] Cybergrrl Oh: A reason to delve into insanity!
[11:49] Alas Zerbino: A long time ago, in a universe far away (i.e., my college days), my lit profs used to say that reading novels is the best way to learn about people. Q: Do you think that's true?
[11:49] Terry Lightfoot: that sounds more like sanity to me....
[11:49] Terry Lightfoot: ;-)
[11:50] MarjorieMLiu India: I do think that true -- when a book is done right, you can get peeks into the human condition that you might not normally experience.
[11:50] Cybergrrl Oh: If you want to learn about mermen, gargoyles, etc... then it must be true!
[11:50] MarjorieMLiu India: lol!
[11:50] Alas Zerbino: lol
[11:50] MarjorieMLiu India: Yes, I love those mermen.
[11:50] Cybergrrl Oh: Hey, I'm all about the mermen. Can't wait to see how they compare to human men.
[11:50] MarjorieMLiu India: Ironically, I hate swimming.
[11:51] Alas Zerbino: I wonder if sometimes those "fantasy" characters don't shed more light on people's foibles than "human" characters.
[11:51] Amy305 Guardian: ok
[11:51] Amy305 Guardian: yay
[11:51] Amy305 Guardian: YAY YAY
[11:52] Amy305 Guardian: woot woot!
[11:52] Alas Zerbino: Super!
[11:52] Chepooka Laval: It will be posted to the Dirk & Steele blog at http://dirkandsteele.posterous.com and of course http://athenaislewomen.blogspot.com/
[11:52] Jenny Bolero: Q: I once worked with a friend wh's a writer, using role-paly to develop characters adn situations for her work. Have you ever trird this kinda method or anything like it. If so, who do you trust to share your characters?
[11:52] Winston Dufaux: the fantasy characters are still created by a person's mind, so naturally they would reveal aspects of life
[11:52] Alas Zerbino: Good question, Jenny!!
[11:53] MarjorieMLiu India: You know, I don't role-play as a means of developing characters, but I do stare in space a lot and listen to loud music.
[11:53] Darkling Elytis chuckles throatily.
[11:53] Jenny Bolero: lol
[11:53] Alas Zerbino: LOL!!
[11:53] MarjorieMLiu India: I can see that being a lot of fun, though! I start fires with my mind!
[11:53] Terry Lightfoot: he he
[11:53] Chepooka Laval: LOL
[11:53] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Who are your trusted readers? And what music do you like?
[11:53] Cybergrrl Oh: By READERS I mean the ones who read BEFORE you submit.
[11:53] MarjorieMLiu India: My mom is my first reader. :-)
[11:53] Amy305 Guardian: sweet!
[11:53] Alas Zerbino: ("beta" readers is the latest term for those)
[11:53] Jenny Bolero: That's cool :-)
[11:53] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie and I created a blip.fm channel for one of her characters - that was fun :)
[11:54] Cybergrrl Oh: Beta Readers! LOL
[11:54] MarjorieMLiu India: I know if she's bored, there's a problem.
[11:54] Alas Zerbino: :D
[11:54] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: What music really inspires you? That you play really loud?
[11:55] MarjorieMLiu India: I have a thing for 80's Power Ballads. And really moody alternative/electronica/vocals...like Darling Daughter or Imogen Heap, or Bjork.
[11:55] Cybergrrl Oh: 80s Power Ballads like...?
[11:55] MarjorieMLiu India: Steve Perry!
[11:55] Cybergrrl Oh: Sister Christian was the first one that popped in my head.
[11:55] MarjorieMLiu India: That, too!
[11:55] Cybergrrl Oh: Ah, yes, 80's Journey!
[11:55] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: For Chepooka, can you give us some more URLs & highlights of Marjorie's social media stuff since you're the Goddess of creating those things?
[11:55] Amy305 Guardian: woot woot!
[11:55] Winston Dufaux: don't stop believin
[11:56] MarjorieMLiu India: Tina Turner.
[11:56] Alas Zerbino: Q: What's the best thing about writing full-time? Worst thing?
[11:56] Amy305 Guardian: great vocalist there
[11:56] Jenny Bolero: Q: Yeah, what's the Blip channel? :-)
[11:56] Chepooka Laval: one sec :)
[11:56] MarjorieMLiu India: The best thing is that I'm always writing. The worst thing is that, well, I'm always writing.
[11:56] Bart Kling: Q: What about some '70 progressive rock as source of inspiration?
[11:56] MarjorieMLiu India: I'm at home, so I don't leave the job at the office. But that's pretty trivial, given that I love what I do.
[11:57] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: What is the best TIME for you to write? Worst time of day?
[11:57] Amy305 Guardian: :)
[11:57] MarjorieMLiu India: Oh, the 70's....let's see...
[11:57] Alas Zerbino: LOL!! I understand ... best & worst are the same.
[11:57] MarjorieMLiu India: Best time? Morning, I'd say. And late evening.
[11:57] Chepooka Laval: This is a character from Marjorie's Hunter Kiss series, Grant Cooperon (*swoon*), the playlist is embedded near the bottom http://marjoriemliu.com/index.php?/GrantCooperon/index/
[11:58] Jenny Bolero: Thanks :-)
[11:58] Chepooka Laval: for those of you still using MySpace http://www.myspace.com/marjorieliu
[11:58] Bart Kling: Q: I mean stuff like Gong, Faust or the first albums of Genesis...concept albums with an incredible story line....
[11:58] Alas Zerbino: Another submitted fan question: Will we be any of the old characters such as Dela, Hari, Elena, Artur, Dean and Blue?
[11:59] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie is also on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/32686909@N07/3168575463/
[11:59] Cybergrrl Oh: Oooh, first Genesis album!
[11:59] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie just got disconnected
[11:59] Cybergrrl Oh: Well, there you go!
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Thunderstorms finally got to her.
[12:00] Amy305 Guardian: Q: Marjorie any plans to visit Canada?
[12:00] Chepooka Laval: the storms are pretty bad
[12:00] Alas Zerbino: Well, shoot, the hour's up already! This has been fabulously interesting.
[12:00] Alas Zerbino: thank goodness she was able to hang in for the whole hour.
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Thanks for being here everyone! And thanks to Marjorie for her time and candor.
[12:00] Alas Zerbino: So, thanks everyone for coming.
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Chepooka - tell her we loved having her!
[12:00] Kghia Gherardi applauds
[12:00] Hedda Hazelnut: Great presentation!! I am going to look for the books now.
[12:00] Chepooka Laval: sorry guys, she wants to say thank you to everyone!!
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: And I really did put the Kindle in my Amazon cart along with some of Marjorie's books BTW. Hitting Purchase in a moment.
[12:00] Jenny Bolero: Yup, and you've got at least 2 new readers here. Thanks :-)
[12:00] Kghia Gherardi: excellent event
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Please tune into the Athena Isle blogs for the transcript:
[12:00] Chepooka Laval: and she is really sorry that she can't get back on
[12:00] Darkling Elytis applauds :)
[12:01] Cybergrrl Oh: http://athenaisle.blogspot.com and
http://athenaislewomen.blogspot.com
[12:01] Alas Zerbino: And if you haven't read any of her books --you're really missing out.
[12:01] Terry Lightfoot applauds
[12:01] Chepooka Laval: she had a great time!! :)
[12:01] Cybergrrl Oh: And Join Athena Isle Events to find out about more author roundtables coming up soon!
[12:01] Liadona Rau: Thank her for us
[12:01] Darkling Elytis: thank you so much for speaking with us, Marjorie
[12:01] Hedda Hazelnut: Thanks very much to Marjorie!!!!!
[12:01] Amy305 Guardian: Thank you!
[12:01] Jenny Bolero: Ask her when she's going to open her own themed sim here ;-) That's be awesome.
[12:01] Alas Zerbino: Yes, thank you Marjorie, from wherever you've teleported to right now!! :)
[12:02] Alas Zerbino: That would be awesome, Jenny.
[12:02] Cybergrrl Oh: Her own themed sim - right on! - FINAL
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ask the Author: Marjorie M Liu


On Tuesday August 4th, 2009 at 11am SLT (PST), Marjorie M Liu will be making a very unique appearance on Athena Isle in Second Life to discuss her latest Dirk & Steele book, The Fire King.

(Stay tuned to http://athenaisle.blogspot.com/ or email marjorieweb@gmail.com for details.)

But we need your help! Now is your chance to have your burning questions about the Dirk & Steele series answered. Send your questions to marjorieweb@gmail.com and Marjorie will select 5 lucky winners to receive an autographed copy of The Fire King!

Your questions can be about character, plot, or even Marjorie’s writing process, but it must be Dirk & Steele related in some way to qualify. We will be accepting questions until midnight PST on Sunday, August 2nd so don't delay!

If you are unable to attend the Second Life event, a transcript of the interview will be made available on the Athena Isle blog http://athenaisle.blogspot.com/ and the Dirk & Steele blog http://dirkandsteele.posterous.com.

If your question is not selected for the interview, we will also be posting a select number of additional Q&A to the Dirk & Steele blog (http://dirkandsteele.posterous.com ) throughout the month of August so stay tuned.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Marjorie M Liu on Athena Isle, Second Life

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We are pleased to announced that New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M Liu will be our guest on Athena Isle, speaking about her new book The Fire King, the latest from the paranormal romance Dirk & Steele series.

When: Tuesday August 4
11:00am PST / SLT
Athena Isle - Click for SLURL to transport to Athena Isle
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Athena Isle Women seeking Female Authors for Appearances

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We are looking to feature female authors on Athena Isle, our virtual space on Second Life devoted to women's art and creativity. In the past, we've featured Sarah Susanka (The Not So Big Life), Janice Taylor (Our Lady of Weight Loss), Pat Davis (Great Sex), Susan Shapiro Barash (Tripping the Prom Queen), and Roberta Isleib (president of Sisters in Crime).

The author events will take place on Tuesdays at 11am SLT (PST).

This live appearance requires broadband connectivity and technical savvy, however, we can provide some tech support to make this happen and will create a custom avatar for the author. Events are promoted using both Second Life and social media and can augment book promotions in unexpected ways.

We are looking to feature female authors on Athena Isle, our virtual space on Second Life devoted to women's art and creativity. In the past, we've featured Sarah Susanka (The Not So Big Life), Janice Taylor (Our Lady of Weight Loss), Pat Davis (Great Sex), Susan Shapiro Barash (Tripping the Prom Queen), and Roberta Isleib (president of Sisters in Crime).

Please send a brief synopsis and author bio if interested to cybergrrloh AT GMAIL dot com, and we'll send the technical specs before confirming an appearance date.
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Cover of "Tripping the Prom Queen: The Tr...Cover via Amazon

We are looking to feature female authors on Athena Isle, our virtual space on Second Life devoted to women's art and creativity. In the past, we've featured Sarah Susanka (The Not So Big Life), Janice Taylor (Our Lady of Weight Loss), Pat Davis (Great Sex), Susan Shapiro Barash (Tripping the Prom Queen), and Roberta Isleib (president of Sisters in Crime).

The author events will take place on Tuesdays at 11am SLT (PST).

This live appearance requires broadband connectivity and technical savvy, however, we can provide some tech support to make this happen and will create a custom avatar for the author. Events are promoted using both Second Life and social media and can augment book promotions in unexpected ways. There is no cost for this appearance.

Please send a brief synopsis and author bio if interested to cybergrrloh AT GMAIL dot com, and we'll send the technical specs before confirming an appearance date.
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Transcript: Pat Davis, CEO of Passion Parties

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transcripts by: Cybergrrl Oh
edited by: Twstd Ruggles
photos by: Vorren Voltaire

[12:03] PatDavis Braveheart: hi everyone, great to join you today, Pat :)

[12:03] You: but we are just here to get the questions rolling

[12:04] You: Hi LadyFarrah

[12:04] You: Hi Aurora

[12:04] LadyFarrah Giano: Hi there

[12:04] Twstd Ruggles: hi please grab a seat once you rezz in

[12:04] PatDavis Braveheart: Did you know it is national orgasm month?

[12:04] You: this table should seat up to 40

[12:04] Evil Titler: LadyFarrah Giano has removed a locked item! Cheat! Cheat!

[12:04] Aurora Llewellyn: sorry ladyfarrah

[12:04] Irisgrl Saphir: Hi Cybergrrl! and everybody

[12:05] You: Hi there Irisgrl

[12:05] You: nice to see you

[12:05] Twstd Ruggles: hello Kris

[12:05] You: Hi Krisbott!

[12:05] KrisBott Gears: Hey Everybody :-)

[12:05] You: Ok everyone

[12:06] You: let's get started. First, my rules

[12:06] You: Simple: If you have a question, type QUESTION in front of your question

[12:06] You: that way we can see it easily

[12:06] You: I will help Pat track the questions

[12:06] You: and then if you have a comment

[12:06] You: it is a free for all so just speak up

[12:06] You: Don't be shy!

[12:06] You: The fact that you are here to talk about great sex means you aren't so shy!

[12:07] Twstd Ruggles: `*~*`WooT WooT`*~*`

[12:07] You: Before we introduce Pat, let's do a quick personal intro and let's all speak up at once!!

[12:07] You: That way we don't take too much time

[12:07] You: I'm Cybergrrl Oh, co-owner of this lovely Isle. We have some space for rent here if you are interested. I love hosting expert guests in SL. And Pat is definitely an expert!

[12:07] You: Everyone - intros, please!!

[12:07] KrisBott Gears: I'm KrisBott, I'm a resident of Athena Isle and host the REAL BIZ in SL screenings here Mondays

[12:08] Twstd Ruggles: aloha i am Twstd Ruggles owner of Oahu, Hawaii sim and LZ Productions.

[12:08] Madison Carnot: I'm Madison and I'm a resident of NOwhereville. Kind of a new media gal so I'm just here to listen in since I usually have to miss these!

[12:08] You: anyone else care to introcue yourself to Pat?

[12:08] You: Hi Alanagh!

[12:08] Irisgrl Saphir: Hi from Iris Saphir, resident and here for the event

[12:08] Aurora Llewellyn: I'm Aurora Llewellyn and I co-host a bipolar group on Support for Healing and dance at the Twisted Orchid

[12:09] You: Welcome Iris, welcome Aurora

[12:09] Vorren Voltaire: I am Vorren Voltaire, builder, consultant and co founder of The Playpen voice club

[12:09] You: Anyone else? We can get rolling if not.

[12:09] Alanagh Recreant: :) I am Director at Uthango Social Investments in South Africa - nonprofit company with a special virtual worlds project in SL... not here in business capacity today ;)

[12:09] You: Shy people!

[12:09] LadyFarrah Giano: I'm LadyFarrah. I go by Lady. I am founder of the Temple of Lust.

[12:10] You: Temple of Lust! Sounds great!

[12:10] LadyFarrah Giano: heh

[12:10] You: We're a little more low key here on Athena Isle.

[12:10] You: But without further ado, let's introduce Pat Davis. She is the CEO of Passion Parties and a relationship expert. No question is off limits but we will all maintain a tasteful demeanor. Right?

[12:11] PatDavis Braveheart: everyone has a passion diva inside, some tucked away more, my job is to teach how to bring out diva to play for you and partner to enjoy

[12:11] You: Hi Pat, welcome to Athena Isle. Please let us know more about what you do.

[12:11] You: Can men have Passion divas too?

[12:11] PatDavis Braveheart: everyone has a passion person - his may be passion dude

[12:11] You: Vorren, we don't want to leave you out!!

[12:11] Vorren Voltaire chuckles

[12:11] You: So tell us about your company Passion Parties?

[12:12] You: And the URL is http://www.passionparties.com

[12:12] You: if you want to do research or explore...

[12:12] PatDavis Braveheart: passion parties offers a fun confidential place to see , touch learn about ways to enhance their love life!

[12:12] Teak Wood Chair Multi-Sit 2 whispers: Touch the seat to change animations.

[12:12] You: or buy something!

[12:12] PatDavis Braveheart: yes and to buy bedroom accessories.

[12:12] You: I tell people it is like a Tupperware party with sex toys

[12:12] You: I wonder if Tupperware appreciates that comparison

[12:13] You: haha

[12:13] PatDavis Braveheart: we call it the ultimate girls night in and the guys wait anxiously for their return

[12:13] PatDavis Braveheart: in home party plan is the perfect environment to purchase and learn about these items

[12:13] You: QUESTION: How many reps do you have at Passion Parties holding the parties?

[12:13] PatDavis Braveheart: over 15,000 in US and 2,000 Canada, over 10,000 parties per month

[12:14] You: QUESTION: How much can a good rep make from selling product?

[12:14] You: I figured I'd ask all the biz questions and leave the sex questions to all of you

[12:14] PatDavis Braveheart: up to you , from $1,000 a month to my top rep that makes $400,000 annually

[12:14] You: That is a great income!

[12:14] PatDavis Braveheart: for as little as $10

[12:15] Alanagh Recreant is lost of the website... trying to regroup

[12:15] You: QUESTION: So what are the most popular products?

[12:15] PatDavis Braveheart: for as little as $100 you can start a business with Passion Parties and make 40% of ave $500 party

[12:15] Alanagh Recreant: lost in :)

[12:15] You: Alanagh, very funny!

[12:15] PatDavis Braveheart: Pure Satisfaction is #1 - enhancement gel -makes faster and stronger orgasms

[12:15] Twstd Ruggles: oops sorry

[12:15] You: Easy to get lost in those products, I'm sure

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[12:15] Alanagh Recreant: no... CG... what it funny is that you only wanna ask business questions!

[12:15] PatDavis Braveheart: don't forget it is national orgasm month in October -

[12:16] Alanagh Recreant: :P

[12:16] You: I'm just getting started Alanagh

[12:16] Alanagh Recreant: hehe... ok :))

[12:16] You: Everyone else is so shy!

[12:16] PatDavis Braveheart: do you want some top 10 Diva tips?

[12:16] You: QUESTION: So what makes for a great orgasm?

[12:16] You: Sure!

[12:16] Aurora Llewellyn: Is anyone else hearing a voice presentation about Cysco?

[12:17] You: Aurora - maybe you have your sound on? I turned my volume down

[12:17] PatDavis Braveheart: remember that 75% of women need clitoral stimulation

[12:17] Twstd Ruggles: just turn off your media player

[12:17] KrisBott Gears: It's probably the screen, if you turn off your multimedia player

[12:17] PatDavis Braveheart: don't be afraid to add toys to help with that need

[12:17] You: Funny ot have a Cisco Systems soundtrack to a sex talk

[12:18] PatDavis Braveheart: Being sexy is how you feel not how you look is a great thing to remember

[12:18] You: QUESTION: How commoon is it to have a box of sex toys under the bed?

[12:18] Cybergrrl Oh pushes the box back under her bed.

[12:18] PatDavis Braveheart: lots of people have toys and hence the box under the bed

[12:18] LadyFarrah Giano looks under her bed.... I think it's very common for me :P

[12:18] Aurora Llewellyn: lol, mine is top shelf of closet so kid does not find, lol

[12:18] PatDavis Braveheart: you also need variety in toys just like in your shoes, different ones for different occasions

[12:18] Twstd Ruggles: welcome

[12:18] Alanagh Recreant reflects... I almost missed orgasm month!

[12:18] You: QUESTION: How do you introduce sex toys to your partner who hasn't used them before

[12:18] Twstd Ruggles: ops

[12:19] Twstd Ruggles: LUU

[12:19] PatDavis Braveheart: lubrication is the first toy accessory as wetter is better

[12:19] KrisBott Gears: LOL almost missed orgasm month

[12:19] You: Wetter is Better - can I make a tshirt with that?

[12:19] PatDavis Braveheart: first never bring anything into bedroom bigger than him and start with a couples toy

[12:19] KrisBott Gears: oh wow

[12:19] You: Size DOES matter when it comes to sex toys and your partner's feelings

[12:19] Twstd Ruggles: good tip

[12:20] KrisBott Gears: QUESTION: Example of couples toys?

[12:20] PatDavis Braveheart: a couples toy could be a vibrating ring that makes him a human vibrator and gives you clit pleasure as well

[12:20] LadyFarrah Giano: Great tip

[12:20] Twstd Ruggles: LuSvoboda, please have seat here with us when u can se it

[12:20] Cybergrrl Oh makes a note about that vibrating ring

[12:20] PatDavis Braveheart: also add editables

[12:20] You: edibles?

[12:20] You: She did mean edibles!

[12:20] KrisBott Gears: editables is for SL ;-)

[12:20] You: Edible undies

[12:20] PatDavis Braveheart: bring all 5 senses to the bedroom, sight ,sound, taste, touch smell

[12:21] KrisBott Gears: QUESTION: Recommendations for sound?

[12:21] You: QUESTION: Can we buy products online as well or only from a rep?

[12:21] PatDavis Braveheart: big tip - biggest sex organ is tongue and I mean for talking - communication is key

[12:21] KrisBott Gears: Sorry, I'll try to speak in full sentences, I'm stuttering

[12:21] You: hahaha

[12:22] PatDavis Braveheart: sound - favorite music and as well as the oohh and aws from responses

[12:22] You: I think the groaning works best

[12:22] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: Are you edible products low calorie?

[12:22] PatDavis Braveheart: buy on line but will go thru a rep

[12:22] PatDavis Braveheart: no purchases direct from company as we want you to get the great service that a rep offers

[12:23] Aurora Llewellyn: QUESTION: I'm married to an older man who is starting to have problems with erections and orgamsn. Help with making our sex life still fun withouth pressure on him for performance?

[12:23] PatDavis Braveheart: calories aren't as important as vaginally safe which they are, yes low call

[12:23] Twstd Ruggles: ok ty

[12:23] PatDavis Braveheart: c-rings are a great addition and slow it down for him, start with more foreplay for him

[12:24] PatDavis Braveheart: normally women need 20 minutes more foreplay than men

[12:24] You: QUESTION: What about allergic reactions? How can you test before using?

[12:24] PatDavis Braveheart: remember foreplay begins in the morning with a wink, touch to each other, set the mood in the a.m.

[12:25] Irisgrl Saphir: Tuning in to Aurora's question--are there many reps/parties/ideas for older couples?

[12:25] PatDavis Braveheart: all products have ingredients listed and are generally safe for all

[12:25] You: setting mood in the morning is great advice!

[12:25] PatDavis Braveheart: if have specific allergies, just read lable, we don't have issues

[12:26] PatDavis Braveheart: i have been married 47 years and it is never too late to spice it up, communication is huge key here

[12:26] You: QUESTION: do you sell any videos, too?

[12:26] Chrissia Tyles: hello

[12:26] Twstd Ruggles: helo Chrissia

[12:26] You: Hi Chrissia

[12:26] Alanagh Recreant: QUESTION: Is the mailorder business stronger than the party component?

[12:26] Twstd Ruggles: grab a seat once u can see them

[12:26] PatDavis Braveheart: in my book, the Passion Parties Guide to Great Sex, lots of tips and techniques for all ages

[12:26] Chrissia Tyles: Cybergrrl, may i invite a guest?

[12:26] You: yes, Chrissia

[12:26] Chrissia Tyles: thank you

[12:27] PatDavis Braveheart: Videos - some mild instructional, have to go elsewhere for video

[12:27] You: Everyone, you can click on the poster of her book to purchase it from Amazon

[12:27] You: Or click on her poster and go to Passion Parties web site, too

[12:27] PatDavis Braveheart: party plan better than mail order because you get to talk and ask questions to your needs , more personal and much more fun

[12:27] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: Any suggestions for the ver tired mom who takes care of kids all day and wants more energy for fun time at night with hubby?

[12:28] PatDavis Braveheart: you can buy book faster at passionpartis.com web site

[12:28] You: QUESTION: What about for same sex couples? Do you target them in your marketing or serve them specifically?

[12:28] Chrissia Tyles: how do i get in

[12:28] Chrissia Tyles: ?

[12:28] Twstd Ruggles: we are over here

[12:28] PatDavis Braveheart: doesn't matter who your partner is or if you are flying solo, you can have fun and enjoy sex

[12:28] Chrissia Tyles: sorry, Pasky

[12:28] Pasky Magic: np

[12:29] PatDavis Braveheart: book also gives products to use with tips with a passion pantry

[12:29] You: QUESTION: How do you spice things up after kids? Women's bodies change so much - difficult to get revved up again

[12:29] Irisgrl Saphir: "passion pantry"--what a great idea!

[12:29] PatDavis Braveheart: have to set time for it - don't let life get in the way of your relationship

[12:29] Alanagh Recreant smiles at River

[12:30] PatDavis Braveheart: have date night even if you have to trade off with other parents, they need date night too

[12:30] River Kaestner smiles back

[12:30] Twstd Ruggles: good idea

[12:30] You: QUESTION: What about kids? How do you play with toys with kids around?

[12:31] PatDavis Braveheart: you need to take responsibility for your pleasure, and your pleasure will pay you back

[12:31] Twstd Ruggles: hi Jaharta

[12:31] PatDavis Braveheart: passion parties are so much fun and offer a giggle with education

[12:32] You: QUESTION: What if there is not a passion parties rep in your area?

[12:32] PatDavis Braveheart: amazing how many people don't understand their bodies, like how to find the elusive G Spot

[12:32] PatDavis Braveheart: Then if not a rep, you need to be that rep. that is how we grow a lot in the company. Very easy to do.

[12:32] Twstd Ruggles: oops sorry

[12:32] Alanagh Recreant: QUESTION: Are you also in other countries? (thinking.... business opportunity!)

[12:32] You: QUESTION: How DO you find the GSpot?

[12:32] PatDavis Braveheart: Just in Canada as international now

[12:33] You: QUESTION: How do you become a rep?

[12:33] PatDavis Braveheart: G spot is called UFO of body parts, but it is there

[12:33] You: I always learn so much from Pat!

[12:33] PatDavis Braveheart: we also have a g spot creme to help plump it up to find it and make it more enjoyable, only company that has this creme

[12:33] Twstd Ruggles: wow

[12:33] PatDavis Braveheart: using g spot toys help as well

[12:33] Twstd Ruggles: teehee

[12:34] PatDavis Braveheart: if you have had a g spot orgasm, you know how great it is and if not, is worth searching for

[12:34] You: And that is what I found at the Passion Party I attended - I learned a LOT

[12:34] You: QUESTION: I heard the G Spot orgasm feels like peeing

[12:34] You: is that tru?

[12:34] PatDavis Braveheart: diagram of body parts will help you find it

[12:35] LadyFarrah Giano thinks it feels better than peeing

[12:35] PatDavis Braveheart: yes some think it is urine, but is g sport ejaculation - can be up to one quart - amazing.

[12:35] You: QUESTION TO ALL: So is everyone learning something new?

[12:35] You: Don't be shy - throw out your burning question...so to speak

[12:35] Aurora Llewellyn: Definately

[12:35] Vorren Voltaire writes down everything for later use

[12:35] You: If any of you have a blog, I sure hope you blog about this, too! I will link to it from my blogs if you do.

[12:35] PatDavis Braveheart: great sex is like dining, sometimes fast food, sometimes lengthy dining - quicky vs long lovemaking

[12:35] River Kaestner does the same as Vorren....

[12:36] You: we will have the transcript on our Athena Isle blog as well

[12:36] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION:How great is the business opportunity? Is this 2nd income or can it be only income for the rep?

[12:36] PatDavis Braveheart: just make sure to deep alive the magic in your love life, keep each other's interest,

[12:36] Alanagh Recreant: QUESTION: Can you share with us some of the unintended/unforeseen benefits/values that clients get from parties?

[12:36] Vorren Voltaire: Question: Have you found more men getting involved in the passion parties?

[12:36] You: If you want me to remove your avatar name from the transcript for privacy reasons, please let me know by IM

[12:36] PatDavis Braveheart: include talking, cuddling, sharing, trying new things

[12:37] Aurora Llewellyn: QUESTION: OK, you have the kids out of the way, you have the toys ready, how can you get past the awkwardness of starting lovemaking

[12:37] PatDavis Braveheart: Education is biggest thing we hear about parties and being with just other women makes them comfortable to chat about sex

[12:38] You: Twstd, you might have been away when she said up to $400,000 a year or as little as you want

[12:38] PatDavis Braveheart: start with massage, using tasty massage creams, get relaxed and then nibble the cream, fun

[12:38] PatDavis Braveheart: remember sex is not rocket science, relax, have fun and enjoy

[12:38] Twstd Ruggles: oh ok thanks...must of been when i crashec

[12:38] You: Great questions everyone!

[12:39] PatDavis Braveheart: at a party you will learn techniques that maybe you have no one to talk to about and ask questions

[12:39] Irisgrl Saphir: QUESTION--are passion parties ever with our men, or just for men? Girls only?

[12:39] You: Vorren Voltaire: Question: Have you found more men getting involved in the passion parties?

[12:39] PatDavis Braveheart: men are involved in being the other half of the partnership and enjoying the products that the women bring home

[12:40] PatDavis Braveheart: we do have a few men reps, but our company is based on women helping women and men of course are receipients

[12:40] You: Aurora Llewellyn: QUESTION: OK, you have the kids out of the way, you have the toys ready, how can you get past the

[12:40] Irisgrl Saphir: QUESTION are the guys usually OK with that or need special ways of intro?

[12:40] You: IrisGrl the parties are just for women

[12:41] PatDavis Braveheart: actually men love for the woman to take more initiative - they find that exciting

[12:41] Chrissia Tyles: and these are done out of the homes?

[12:41] Chrissia Tyles: like the Avon and Tupperware in the past

[12:41] PatDavis Braveheart: parties are mostly done in the homes, however, some may be after work in office, but mostly in homes

[12:41] You: QUESTION: How can I turn my bedroom into more of a boudoir?

[12:41] PatDavis Braveheart: hostess gets lots of free products too

[12:42] Alanagh Recreant: QUESTION: I believe I missed this, but are these parties also in SL... I am thinking about the massive educational value here!

[12:42] Alanagh Recreant: follow-up... I mean, are there RL reps in SL as well?

[12:42] You: Alanagh - that is what I've been hoping to convince Pat to do! And get some virtual versions of her products in here. I'd host it here on Athena as a store/workshop area

[12:42] PatDavis Braveheart: bedroom changes, get all laundry out, all clutter, make pretty, drape scarf over lamp, light candle, spray sheets with silky sheets (we have many flavors)

[12:43] Jaharta Tigerpaw: Question: searching pleasure, searching the g spot.;searching to get..is it not exactly what men are doing since 10 000 years and bringing women on second plan, in the shadow because originally women they have pleasure first without men... without masturbation too... when you become fertile, when you give birth... and to buy something to get something is typically male..no ?

[12:43] PatDavis Braveheart: set the mood is important as brain is important sex organ too

[12:43] Chrissia Tyles: the interior design makes a big difference in a bedroom

[12:43] PatDavis Braveheart: passion parties in second life would be a great idea, happy to work at that

[12:44] PatDavis Braveheart: no matter the age, there are always questions that you just don't have anyone to ask

[12:44] PatDavis Braveheart: we don't have virtual passion parties, but what fun would that be....I am game

[12:44] You: Jaharta Tigerpaw: Question: searching pleasure, searching the g spot.;searching to get..is it not exactly what men are doing since 10 000 years and bringing women on second plan, in the shadow because originally women they have pleasure first without men... without masturbation too... when you become fertile, when you give birth... and to buy something to get something is typically male..no ?

[12:45] Alanagh Recreant: CG - GREAT plan!

[12:45] You: See, Alanagh, she is GAME!

[12:45] You: Whoo Hoo!

[12:45] PatDavis Braveheart: virtual still not as personal as a like party where you can touch, feel, taste the products

[12:45] Twstd Ruggles: i have Passion party with friends atleast once a year...its alot of fun...if anyone wants to see a clip from our last party you can check it out on youtube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSg-y8F0M78

[12:45] Twstd Ruggles: :)

[12:45] You: Pat is one of the coolest CEOs I've ever met. And I've interviewed hundreds and hundreds.

[12:45] Alanagh Recreant smiles.... will talk later... I am GLAD PatDavis

[12:45] Chrissia Tyles: doesn't too much "education" take away the naturalness of sex?

[12:46] PatDavis Braveheart: never too much knowledge, combine that with relaxing and you have a great combo of fun

[12:46] You: QUESTION: I'm moving to Tok Alaska - very remote Alaska. If I held a Passion Party, how do I keep it very discreet so nobody in the very small town gets embarrassed? Should I limit attendance and keep it private verbal invite?

[12:46] Alanagh Recreant believes the education is part of liberation... we see the importance of it here in Africa with many women not knowing enough

[12:46] Alanagh Recreant: it is almost a rights issue in my opinion

[12:46] Chrissia Tyles: good point

[12:47] PatDavis Braveheart: you would be surprised how excited the remote area would be to see a Passion Party. don't prejudge people, all are curious

[12:47] PatDavis Braveheart: remember Passion Parties are so tasteful, you will never be embarrassed by having had one, actually your friends will thank you

[12:48] Alanagh Recreant: QUESTION: What is your best seller?

[12:48] PatDavis Braveheart: remember we don't come with manuals, so guys and gals can have more fun with added tips and ideas

[12:48] PatDavis Braveheart: Pure Satisfaction #1 and bullet in top five and also GiGi, male masterbation sleeve a top seller

[12:49] PatDavis Braveheart: we have items from $10 to $150, so can fit everyone's budget and pleasure

[12:49] You: Xmas presents!

[12:49] PatDavis Braveheart: have some new holiday items to assure a ho ho ho orgasm holiday season

[12:49] You: I'd love to put a vibrating ring in my husbands Xmas stocking!

[12:49] Twstd Ruggles: :)

[12:50] PatDavis Braveheart: have a candy cane toy that everyone will think is part of the holiday decorations but has "added benefits"

[12:50] Twstd Ruggles: haha

[12:50] PatDavis Braveheart: ring of ectasy is the couples toy you want

[12:50] PatDavis Braveheart: animals make a difference - turtle heads give more direct clitoral stimaulation while butterflies give labial stimualtion.

[12:51] You: QUESTION: How do we find a rep in our area? I want to find one in Anchorage Alaska before I move to Tok. To stock up!

[12:51] PatDavis Braveheart: who knew the animal kingdom had added benefits.

[12:51] PatDavis Braveheart: go to passionparties.com and click you want a rep, if you get one out of your area, she can direct you to your area.

[12:52] PatDavis Braveheart: can also call 1-800-4- passion and ask our company rep for rep nearest you

[12:52] You: Ah thanks! helpful!

[12:52] PatDavis Braveheart: we have reps in every state in US and Canada. We are #1 sensual party plan company in north america

[12:52] Alanagh Recreant smiles

[12:52] You: We're almost out of time...get your questions out there before too long or you'll be kicking yourself later!

[12:53] PatDavis Braveheart: time flies when you are having fun. I am just now catching on and time almost up

[12:53] PatDavis Braveheart: Just like sex, sometimes over too soon

[12:53] Cybergrrl Oh laughs

[12:53] KrisBott Gears: I want to chime in that inworld Passion Parties would be really cool

[12:53] LadyFarrah Giano: I agree.

[12:53] Twstd Ruggles: i just wanted to say i think your company is awesome andi have ben to many pleasure parties and Passion Parties is the most reasonably priced than the other companies and their selection is bigger as well.

[12:54] You: We like BIG selections

[12:54] PatDavis Braveheart: we are tasteful as well

[12:54] You: But I'll keep in mind that size is important when bringing a toy into the bedroom with a partner

[12:54] PatDavis Braveheart: some like big seletions,some like variety, we have it all

[12:55] You: Hey, wouldn't it be great to do a TV show on SLCN.tv called Great Sex with Pat as the host?

[12:55] PatDavis Braveheart: have to learn to type without spell check...

[12:55] Twstd Ruggles: lol that would be great

[12:55] KrisBott Gears: That would be great

[12:56] Alanagh Recreant votes YES

[12:56] PatDavis Braveheart: I do a lot of interviews and this one is fun and I love it

[12:56] PatDavis Braveheart: I have so much to share as do our Passion Consultants and we are happy to spread the passion

[12:56] You: Any last questions before we say our farewells to Pat? And of course, hope she will be back soon!

[12:56] Twstd Ruggles: thanks for coming Pat

[12:56] Twstd Ruggles: `*~*`WooT WooT`*~*`

[12:57] Alanagh Recreant: thank you for letting me know about this talk

[12:57] You: Now that she is all set up, she can come back any time!

[12:57] LadyFarrah Giano: Thank you Pat

[12:57] Alanagh Recreant: enjoyed it

[12:57] KrisBott Gears: Yes thanks so much!

[12:57] PatDavis Braveheart: Just check us out at passionparties.com....enjoy

[12:57] You: Of course, running a multimillion dollar company might keep her a bit busy

[12:57] Irisgrl Saphir: Thanks----such fun idea!

[12:57] Aurora Llewellyn: Thank you

[12:57] You: Make sure you click on the posters here to get to her site and to buy her book!

[12:57] You: Everyone - thank you so much for being here.

[12:57] Alanagh Recreant nods and slips out... thanks!

[12:57] Twstd Ruggles: yes thanks everyone for coming today

[12:58] You: And special thanks to our hunky security guy who kept things SAFE for us

[12:58] Vorren Voltaire: Thanks for having us. Great event.

[12:58] PatDavis Braveheart: better to buy book at Passion Parties, as Amazon on back order sometimes
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pat Davis, CEO of Passion Parties, RETURNS to Second Life

Back by popular demand! Pat Davis, CEO of Passion Parties!

Stop by Athena Isle on Tuesday, October 20 at 12pm SLT to meet Pat Davis, president of Passion Parties, "the North American leader of at-home party business specializing in sensual products" - an $80 million+ company in the U.S.

Earlier in 2008, Davis released the Random House best-selling book The Passion Parties Guide to Great Sex. The book utilizes real-life tips and techniques to improve couples passion she has learned over the years working with tens of thousands of her consultants and the hundreds of thousands of women Passion Parties has helped.

Get your questions ready for this lively text-chat roundtable discussion!
Fnd out more about Pat's company at: www.PassionParties.com.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Transcript: Majorie Brody - A Woman's Guide to Reward & Recognition

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[12:06] Cybergrrl Oh: THE ONE RULE: Please type QUESTION before you ask a question so we can keep track. If you have a comment, jump in any time.
[12:06] Marjorie Quandry: Welcome Alasgal
[12:06] Cybergrrl Oh: Marjorie Brody is an award winning author, executive coach and world class speaker.
[12:06] Cybergrrl Oh: She has written a number of books but today we'll be focusing in her book "Career Magic: A Woman's Guide to Reward & Recognition."
[12:06] Cybergrrl Oh: You can find out more about her work at http://www.marjoriebrody.com
[12:06] Cybergrrl Oh: Before we go on, let's intro ourselves
[12:06] Cybergrrl Oh: Me first
[12:06] Cybergrrl Oh: I'm Cybergrrl Oh
[12:07] Cybergrrl Oh: I co-own Athena Isle
[12:07] Cybergrrl Oh: and I host these roundtables
[12:07] Cybergrrl Oh: Let's go to my right
[12:07] Cybergrrl Oh: Please intro...
[12:07] Twstd Ruggles: Aloha, I am TWstd Ruggles.
[12:08] Twstd Ruggles: I am co owner of the non profit sim Oahu, Hawaii
[12:09] Twstd Ruggles: Marjorie i am done
[12:09] Marjorie Quandry: I'm Marjorie Brody, the author, and CEO of BRODY Professional Development in Philadelphia...
[12:09] Twstd Ruggles: oh ok :)
[12:09] Marjorie Quandry: I picked my avatar name, because this is all a quandry to me!
[12:09] Cybergrrl Oh: lol
[12:09] Twstd Ruggles: lol
[12:09] Marjorie Quandry: But, I am here to answer your questions ....
[12:09] Rain Ninetails: wow, I'm Rain Ninetails, and I am interested in online business and exteding it to rl
[12:09] Marjorie Quandry: and if it involves more time, I can answer you offline ...
[12:10] Marjorie Quandry: Finished
[12:10] Cybergrrl Oh: next
[12:10] Alasgal Gourdou: I'm Alaskgal Gourdou
[12:10] Twstd Ruggles: Welcome Goldie
[12:10] Goldie Katsu: Thank you
[12:10] Cybergrrl Oh: Hi Goldie
[12:11] Alasgal Gourdou: New to SL - as you can tell from my too cool hair
[12:11] Twstd Ruggles: :)
[12:11] Irisgrl Saphir: Hi Alaskgal, I started as Harajuku Gal, too and look at me now!
[12:11] Cybergrrl Oh: We're just doing intros
[12:12] Cybergrrl Oh: Is Goldie the last one to do an intro?
[12:12] Goldie Katsu grns
[12:12] Twstd Ruggles: i think Irsigrl is next
[12:13] Cybergrrl Oh: Thanks!
[12:13] Irisgrl Saphir: SL froze my computer --sorry; looking for new career path in USA, seminars or editing, etc.
[12:13] Twstd Ruggles: great
[12:13] Irisgrl Saphir: before we get into it, where will the transcript be?
[12:13] Cybergrrl Oh: The transcript will be on Athena Isle blog but if you want to be removed, I can always do that
[12:14] Irisgrl Saphir: removed?
[12:14] Cybergrrl Oh: some people want privacy
[12:14] Irisgrl Saphir: No, I keep up with AI blog
[12:14] Cybergrrl Oh: Great!
[12:14] Irisgrl Saphir: got it--no, I'm fine in not removed
[12:14] Cybergrrl Oh: ok
[12:15] Twstd Ruggles: Goldie its your tun for intro
[12:15] Goldie Katsu: I'm Goldie Katsu I've been in SL for a while and I'm really here just to learn.
[12:15] Twstd Ruggles: cool!!
[12:15] Goldie Katsu: I do building and scripting and *points above her head* linden bear hunting.
[12:16] Twstd Ruggles: :)
[12:16] Cybergrrl Oh: Linden bears!
[12:16] Cybergrrl Oh: OK, glad to meet and see everyone
[12:16] Cybergrrl Oh: I'm going to start with the questions
[12:16] Cybergrrl Oh: Then Twstd will take over
[12:16] Cybergrrl Oh: THE ONE RULE: Please type QUESTION before you ask a question so we can keep track. If you have a comment, jump in any time.
[12:17] Cybergrrl Oh: Marjorie, we're jumping in
[12:17] Marjorie Quandry: Ready
[12:17] Cybergrrl Oh: QUESTION: What is an executive coach?
[12:17] Marjorie Quandry: A person who works with leaders/execs within organizations and ...
[12:17] Marjorie Quandry: corporations so they can acheive their professional best
[12:18] Cybergrrl Oh: QUESTION: What inspired you to write your book?
[12:18] Cybergrrl Oh: The Career Magic book
[12:18] Marjorie Quandry: I believe in making things happen ...
[12:18] Marjorie Quandry: rather than waiting for them to happen ...
[12:18] Marjorie Quandry: I'd noticed much frustration from women ...
[12:19] Marjorie Quandry: who were uncomfortable with self-promotion.
[12:19] Marjorie Quandry: I wanted to teach them how to do it.
[12:19] Alasgal Gourdou: Question: do you know where this discomfort comes from?
[12:19] Cybergrrl Oh: QUESTION: What exactly is Career Magic?
[12:19] Marjorie Quandry: We as women believe the myths .... we heard when growing up.
[12:19] Cybergrrl Oh: Twstd will help track questions
[12:19] Marjorie Quandry: Things like "It's not nice to talk about yourself ...
[12:20] Marjorie Quandry: whereas young boys do something well ....
[12:20] Marjorie Quandry: and beat their chest. ... that seems to be accepted ...
[12:20] Marjorie Quandry: girls are more sensitive to what others think of them...
[12:20] Marjorie Quandry: one upmanship has historically not been accepted for females ...
[12:20] Marjorie Quandry: this carries over into our professional lives. Cybergrrl .... to answer your question ...
[12:21] Marjorie Quandry: Career MAGIC is about having choices ...
[12:21] Marjorie Quandry: in order to do that, people have got to know what you want ...
[12:21] Marjorie Quandry: and what you are capable of doing.
[12:21] Marjorie Quandry: Do you want me to explain the MAGIC formula now?
[12:21] Cybergrrl Oh: Yes!
[12:22] Cybergrrl Oh: We want our magic
[12:22] Cybergrrl Oh: ;-)
[12:22] Marjorie Quandry: The M in MAGIC stands for Manner ...
[12:22] Marjorie Quandry: THe way you come across to others ...
[12:22] Marjorie Quandry: how you walk, how you talk ... how you meet people ...
[12:22] Marjorie Quandry: and how you treat people
[12:22] Marjorie Quandry: The "A" represents advocates ...
[12:22] Marjorie Quandry: people who know you, believe in you ....
[12:23] Marjorie Quandry: and are in the position to hire you, promote you ...
[12:23] Marjorie Quandry: give you referrals, put you on teams, etc. -- in other words ...
[12:23] Marjorie Quandry: your personal salesforce
[12:23] Marjorie Quandry: The G in MAGIC is about growth ...
[12:23] Marjorie Quandry: if you aren't green and growing, you are ripe and rotting ...
[12:23] Marjorie Quandry: It is critical to be a lifelong learner, always looking for ways ...
[12:23] Marjorie Quandry: to enhance your knowledge, increase your skillset ....
[12:23] Marjorie Quandry: and be willing to take risks
[12:24] Marjorie Quandry: The I in MAGIC is to get involved within your organization, industry, and community
[12:24] Marjorie Quandry: In places and activities where you will meet potential advocates ...
[12:24] Marjorie Quandry: and develop skillsets
[12:24] Marjorie Quandry: the key is NOT just to join, but take leadership responsibilities
[12:24] Marjorie Quandry: FInally, the C ....
[12:24] Marjorie Quandry: is about creating Commentary...
[12:25] Marjorie Quandry: In order to get brand recognition, you need to be perceived as an expert ...
[12:25] Marjorie Quandry: So, speak up at meetings, volunteer to speak at association meetings ...
[12:25] Marjorie Quandry: and write articles within company and industry publications
[12:25] Marjorie Quandry: That's the MAGIC formula
[12:25] Marjorie Quandry: I can personally attest to the fact that it works!
[12:25] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: How can I get Career Magic?
[12:26] Marjorie Quandry: Are you talking about my book or the philosophy?
[12:26] Twstd Ruggles: philosophy
[12:26] Marjorie Quandry: The book can be ordered from the shopping cart at ...
[12:26] Marjorie Quandry: brodypro.com.
[12:26] Marjorie Quandry: As far as the philosophy ...
[12:26] Marjorie Quandry: Start working on each of the letters ....
[12:27] Marjorie Quandry: The good news is that the concepts are universal ....
[12:27] Marjorie Quandry: and applicable within all industries and all career levels
[12:27] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: Why do you think some women sabotage their chances of getting recognition and rewards?
[12:28] Marjorie Quandry: I think many women are uncomfortable with being ...
[12:28] Marjorie Quandry: in the forefront, and others unknowingly do things ...
[12:28] Marjorie Quandry: that limit their power and potential
[12:28] Marjorie Quandry: Some examples include ...
[12:28] Marjorie Quandry: having a voice that's too soft ....
[12:29] Marjorie Quandry: using rising intonation at the end of declarative sentence ...
[12:29] Marjorie Quandry: so it sounds like you're permission or a question ...
[12:29] Marjorie Quandry: They use "power robber" words like "I guess what I'm trying to say is ...
[12:29] Marjorie Quandry: Or, "I hope ..." "maybe" sorta" "kinda"
[12:30] Marjorie Quandry: They don't "own" their own success
[12:30] Marjorie Quandry: WHen it comes to dressing, frequently, women are too provocative ...
[12:30] Marjorie Quandry: which focuses attention on things other than their achievements
[12:30] Marjorie Quandry: They don't always speak up at meetings ....
[12:30] Marjorie Quandry: That's enough for examples ...
[12:31] Marjorie Quandry: Other questions?
[12:31] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: What can each of us do today to get more recognition and rewards in our career?
[12:31] Marjorie Quandry: Be clear about what you want ...
[12:31] Marjorie Quandry: and don't be afraid to let others know.)
[12:31] Twstd Ruggles: Does anyone have a career issue or question related to our topic that they'd like to ask Marjorie?
[12:32] Marjorie Quandry: While you're gathering questions ....
[12:32] Marjorie Quandry: One thing I was surprised to discover when I wrote this book ...
[12:32] Marjorie Quandry: I was surprised by how my concepts applyto entrepreneurs, administrative assistants ...
[12:32] Marjorie Quandry: and corporate professionals ....
[12:33] Marjorie Quandry: it was also surprising to learn that even women in ...
[12:33] Twstd Ruggles: wELCOME cHEPOOKA
[12:33] Chepooka Laval: thank you!
[12:33] Marjorie Quandry: senior level positions often have trouble self promoting.
[12:34] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: Do you find that women struggle with showing their success without coming off looking too over confident or even conceeded?
[12:34] Marjorie Quandry: Yes ....
[12:34] Marjorie Quandry: there is a fine line and a double standard ...
[12:34] Twstd Ruggles: i think so too
[12:34] Twstd Ruggles: how do we stay on the right side of that fine line
[12:35] Marjorie Quandry: keep producing results ...
[12:35] Marjorie Quandry: stop getting ready to GET ready, just DO it ...
[12:35] Irisgrl Saphir: QUESTION How to overcome fear of approaching new age/business group as a freelancer?
[12:35] Marjorie Quandry: and have faith in yourself and realize that you won't ...
[12:35] Marjorie Quandry: please everyone.
[12:36] Marjorie Quandry: Irisgrl, introduce yourself and start creating ...
[12:36] Marjorie Quandry: relationships with people that are in these groups ....
[12:36] Irisgrl Saphir: Ah faith in yourself when you're on thin ice---that is the hard part
[12:36] Marjorie Quandry: have samples of your work, and testimonials.
[12:36] Alasgal Gourdou: Question: is there a danger in being too self-promoting? Or is that my girl-myth talking?
[12:36] Marjorie Quandry: My question to you, Irisgrl is why do you have such a negative outlook?
[12:37] Marjorie Quandry: Yes, you can be too self-promoting, Alasgal ...
[12:37] Irisgrl Saphir: Because I was out of USA for long long time and out of my depth here
[12:37] Marjorie Quandry: Look for ways to develop advocates, so they can promote for you as well, Alasgal
[12:37] Marjorie Quandry: As for Iris ....
[12:38] Irisgrl Saphir: I like the "develop advocates" idea--new one
[12:38] Marjorie Quandry: US culture is much more forgiving about self promotion. ...
[12:38] Marjorie Quandry: than most other cultures
[12:38] Marjorie Quandry: If you wait your turn, you might never get it!@
[12:38] Irisgrl Saphir: "develop advocates" before self-promote sounds like a good route for me
[12:39] Marjorie Quandry: it's really looking for ways to help others, so they are able ...
[12:39] Marjorie Quandry: to "sell" you.
[12:39] Goldie Katsu: I think there is also a question about what it means to "Self promote"
[12:39] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: We have a lot of writers here today. Who is your book publisher and how did you get this book published?
[12:40] Marjorie Quandry: Self promotion is making others aware of what you're capable of doing ...
[12:40] Marjorie Quandry: and what you want to do ...
[12:40] Marjorie Quandry: it is BRAND recognition.
[12:40] Marjorie Quandry: As for my book .... my first 6 books were published by large NY publishers ...
[12:40] Marjorie Quandry: After that, I decided I wanted both control and to make more $ ....
[12:41] Marjorie Quandry: so I started my own publishing firm for my books called "Career Skills Press." ....
[12:41] Marjorie Quandry: We're in bookstores, won awards, and on amazon.com...
[12:41] Marjorie Quandry: It's much more profitable this way ....
[12:41] Twstd Ruggles: GREAT!!
[12:41] Irisgrl Saphir: So self-publishing works?!!!
[12:41] Marjorie Quandry: in fact, I had a large publisher approach me ...
[12:41] Marjorie Quandry: several years ago, wanting to buy the rights to one of my books ....
[12:41] Marjorie Quandry: What I heard what the advance would be, I told him ...
[12:41] Marjorie Quandry: "If you want to add a zero to that, I'll be happy to talk!"
[12:42] Twstd Ruggles: LOL
[12:42] Twstd Ruggles: great answer
[12:42] Marjorie Quandry: Self publishing can work ... if you have means of distribution .... don't forget my training company helps sells these books, too -- for our programs ....
[12:42] Marjorie Quandry: and my audiences ....
[12:42] Marjorie Quandry: as a professional speaker

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[12:42] Irisgrl Saphir: QUESTION do you do appearances like book signings?
[12:43] Marjorie Quandry: Yes, when I have to .....
[12:43] Marjorie Quandry: but do much better by being interviewed by radio, TV and in magazines (and now SL!)
[12:43] Irisgrl Saphir: Ah--great tip!
[12:43] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: How can your advice help women who own their own business?
[12:43] Alasgal Gourdou: Thanks Marjorie - I must go but this have been very interesting to think about.
[12:44] Marjorie Quandry: First ... remember, I do own my own business -- BRODY Professional Development ....
[12:44] Marjorie Quandry: and I apply these techniques regularly
[12:44] Marjorie Quandry: Secondly ....
[12:44] Twstd Ruggles: ok Alasgal..thanks for coming
[12:44] Marjorie Quandry: in the book, I interviewed other entrepreneurs ...
[12:44] Marjorie Quandry: and business owners ...
[12:44] Marjorie Quandry: and got their insights and examples, as well.
[12:44] Marjorie Quandry: Thanks Alas! Feel free to visit my site/email me anytime.
[12:45] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION:How can your advice help women who don't work? Such as stay-at-home moms?
[12:45] Marjorie Quandry: It will help stay at home moms or non-working women ...
[12:45] Marjorie Quandry: be involved within their own communities ....
[12:46] Marjorie Quandry: this can also help to build a resume, in case at some point ...
[12:46] Marjorie Quandry: they want to start working full or part time
[12:46] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: What are some of the worst things a woman can do in terms of her career?
[12:46] Tajah Arashi: yes...yess
[12:46] Marjorie Quandry: Let others define her potential ....
[12:46] Marjorie Quandry: not go after what she wants ....
[12:47] Marjorie Quandry: Keep waiting to be "perfect" ...
[12:47] Marjorie Quandry: Not delegating or hiring or asking for help on the home front ...
[12:47] Marjorie Quandry: That's it ...
[12:47] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: How can a woman repair any career setbacks?
[12:47] Marjorie Quandry: Please define "setback" because my answer will depend on the situation
[12:48] Twstd Ruggles: Well say they started off not very confident and now she wants to be able to change that so other people see her confidence.
[12:48] Marjorie Quandry: Oh ... OK .....
[12:49] Marjorie Quandry: Start behaving differently ....
[12:49] Marjorie Quandry: at first people will think that's strange ...
[12:49] Marjorie Quandry: but consistency will make the difference.
[12:49] Twstd Ruggles: QUESTION: What is an example of Career Magic that you have experienced in your own career?
[12:50] Marjorie Quandry: I was able to leave the hallowed halls of academia ...
[12:50] Marjorie Quandry: after 22 years of teaching, to start a training corporation ...
[12:50] Marjorie Quandry: serving the Fortune 100-500 (and others) ....
[12:50] Marjorie Quandry: that took "balls" !
[12:50] Twstd Ruggles: wow
[12:51] Twstd Ruggles: how did u get them to let u in the door
[12:51] Marjorie Quandry: And, I had NO corporate experience
[12:51] Marjorie Quandry: Lots of phone calls ...
[12:51] Marjorie Quandry: Doing a great job ....
[12:51] Marjorie Quandry: Asking for referrals ...
[12:51] Marjorie Quandry: Building a network ...
[12:51] Marjorie Quandry: of advocates. ...
[12:51] Marjorie Quandry: and applying the MAGIC formula that I've laid out today
[12:52] Twstd Ruggles: great!!
[12:52] Twstd Ruggles: well that is last of my questions...does anyone else have any before we wrap up?
[12:52] Tajah Arashi: I'm sorry i missed the first half
[12:52] Marjorie Quandry: I'd like to mention my newest professional development "product" after questions are over .....
[12:52] Twstd Ruggles: hi Tajah its ok we will post entire forum on the blog
[12:52] Tajah Arashi: thx
[12:52] Twstd Ruggles: ok great
[12:52] Twstd Ruggles: so anyone else? last call
[12:53] Irisgrl Saphir: Glad I came..
[12:53] Tajah Arashi: great advice i may frame some of your statements for my wall
[12:53] Marjorie Quandry: First, thank you ALL! .....
[12:53] Marjorie Quandry: For making my first SL experience an interesting one.
[12:53] Chepooka Laval: thanks Marjorie!
[12:53] Tajah Arashi: Please come back!
[12:53] Marjorie Quandry: Tajah -- sounds great ....
[12:53] Twstd Ruggles: thank you again for being here Marjorie
[12:54] Marjorie Quandry: I want to let everyone know ....
[12:54] Twstd Ruggles: I look forward to reading your book.
[12:54] Marjorie Quandry: About BRODY BOOST Camp ... my new public career development ...
[12:54] Marjorie Quandry: seminars ... coming this fall in the Philadelphia area ...
[12:54] Marjorie Quandry: Thanks , Twstd!
[12:54] Twstd Ruggles: you're welcome
[12:54] Marjorie Quandry: It's BRODY Boost Camp ......which will be held October 30th ...
[12:54] Marjorie Quandry: and again on Nov. 13 ....
[12:55] Marjorie Quandry: I will share the secrets and strategies that can boost careers ...
[12:55] Marjorie Quandry: and expand visibility for individuals ...
[12:55] Tajah Arashi: could you do a camp on SL we have Linden dollars...
[12:55] Marjorie Quandry: Check out www.BrodyPro.com for the details. Any SL citizens who IM me TODAY ....
[12:56] Marjorie Quandry: will receive a 10% discount off the early bird price ...
[12:56] Cybergrrl Oh: Wonderful!!
[12:56] Marjorie Quandry: Tajah ... I am now exploring doing business in SL ....
[12:56] Marjorie Quandry: Anyone who wants to be added to my RL mailing list .... please email me or IM me soon ....
[12:57] Marjorie Quandry: And, copies of Career MAGIC can be bought by visiting Estore at www.brodypro.com ....
[12:57] Marjorie Quandry: I'll autograph it, if you contact me ....
[12:57] Twstd Ruggles: wow thanks so much
[12:57] Marjorie Quandry: Thank you all again! Remember ....
[12:57] Goldie Katsu: Thank you all.
[12:57] Marjorie Quandry: go out and MARKET Your MAGIC!
[12:57] Twstd Ruggles: `*~*`WooT WooT`*~*`
[12:57] Tajah Arashi: Thank you for spending time with us.
[12:58] Marjorie Quandry: My pleasure.
[12:58] Goldie Katsu: Yes, thank you Marjorie.
[12:58] Marjorie Quandry: I'll be on SL until 4:30 ET today ... for those interested ....
[12:58] Goldie Katsu waves goodbye "I'm off to my next meeting"
[12:58] Twstd Ruggles: thanks everyone for coming today
[12:58] Tajah Arashi: Bye goldie
[12:58] Marjorie Quandry: bye!
[12:58] Twstd Ruggles: bye goldie
[12:58] Cybergrrl Oh: Bye Bye!
[12:58] Cybergrrl Oh: everyone - thanks for being here
[12:59] Marjorie Quandry: Thank you Cybergrrl again for inviting me!
[12:59] Cybergrrl Oh: Thank you so much for being here
[13:00] Cybergrrl Oh: The transcript will go online in a few days