I have to admit, I'm still figuring out social media, especially Twitter. I don't think I'll ever become a "Twitter personality", in part because I focus a lot of what I "have to say" here on the blog, or don't say publicly. Plus, when it comes to any issue I care about, by the time I reach Twitter, it's been said better and smarter by someone else.
I wouldn't say I'm overly choosy about who I follow-- on
Twitter or elsewhere-- but I don't like a particularly crowded feed.
So anyone I follow who is a high-volume poster, they better be posting
things I want to read*, as well as things that I'm not likely to find
elsewhere. Which is why I follow @saladinahmed and @lisabolekaja,
who both post and re-tweet things that I, in my relatively sheltered
life, might not otherwise be aware of. So I value getting their points
I'm also a big fan of @NussbaumAbigail, partly for her twitter feed, but mostly for her blog Asking the Wrong Questions.
I don't always agree with her points of view on things (though I think
she's spot-on when it comes to Battlestar Galactica), but I really enjoy
reading her thoughts.
Outside of the twitterverse, I've become mildly obsessed with John Green's Crash Course on YouTube,
especially the World History episodes. Honestly, if you're a writer
doing any sort of large-scale worldbuilding, it's a great, well, crash
course in the basics of the rise of civilization. I mean, most of it
was stuff I essentially knew, but getting a refresher in a
charismatically presented package helped re-frame my thoughts.
Finally, for something different and fun, I'm also a big fan of Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox.
Scott and his wide array of musician friends take modern pop songs and
reframe them in old and different styles. It's like peeking into an
In other news: ARCs of Thorn of Dentonhill
have arrived! I now have an actual, tangible THIS IS A REAL BOOK
thing. I'm now almost completely sure that I'm not the victim of some
I could tell you stories of the person I briefly followed who had set
up a series of twenty-odd randomized autotweets plugging her books.
Every day, three to five times a day, one of the same "BUY MY BOOK!"
tweets. DON'T DO THIS.