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02 March 2010 @ 11:14 pm
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There’s a top ten writing rules meme going around. I’m pretty sure I could come up with ten, but the one my mother most often reminds me of is “A famous writer once told me you can’t fix what’s not on the page, so you better get writing.” I suspect that’s pretty much the most important one, for me.

Facebook’s latest new improved interface is so clogged up I’ve largely stopped using it for anything besides updating my own status, which is really boring. Not sure how much longer I can convince myself it’s worth the bother. Twitter’s interface is less irritating, but the status update problem remains the same. It’d be much easier (for me, you understand) if people would just read my blog….

Um. It’s been a really very quiet few days. I haven’t left the house since Saturday, which can’t be good. Yesterday I went back and re-read what I’d written for SPIRIT DANCES (Walker Papers #6) and decided it started in the wrong place. I had, however, very cleverly also previously written a couple other chapters which I’d thought were starting in the wrong place, and now I think they maybe started in the right place after all. So after a bit of jiggery-pokery to get things settled together tidily and today’s word wars, the manuscript is already suddenly 75 pages long. This is an unusually nice way to start writing a book, and if I can figure out how to do it again in the future without much effort on my part I shall repeat the experience. (It’s the “not much effort” bit that’s tricky…)

ytd wordcount: 77,000

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: listlessquiet
blitheringpooksblitheringpooks on March 2nd, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
"not much effort" is indeed a blissful phrase.

Twitter bothers me because I find it unsettling to know that people respond to tweets and the original tweeter never knows it, unless they happen to be following each other. On facebook, blogs, etc., if somebody responds to something you say, you know it. On twitter, not so much, which I find... offputting.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on March 2nd, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
all you have to do is hit the @name function, and you can see if anyone has responded whom you aren't following.

I rather like Twitter -- it's like a group IM that you can dip into or not at your leisure, and you can find if anyone said anything to you that you missed (as above). It's fun for connecting to readers who might not otherwise e-mail (I've gotten more fan-tweets than I have e-mail this year, in fact) and there's a lot of really funny stuff going on our there (Following the guys from Mythbusters alone is worth the price of admission)

Facebook I'm rather meh on, but so far I'm hanging in there.

I still love LJ, but sometimes all I have energy/time for is the quick tweet, not a thought-out post.

blitheringpooksblitheringpooks on March 2nd, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about the @name thing. That is much better.

Seeing a long string of comments that actually are sequential makes sense to my fuzzy brain, so I probably will continue to prefer facebook whether I keep up with it much or not, but this definitely improves my understanding of twitter. Thanks.
Min: Retro/WeirdTalesphantomminuet on March 2nd, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Personally, I prefer the blog.
ctearecteare on March 2nd, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
I read the blog. I don't have the patience for facebook. I've avoided twitter so far.
Jeff Linderjslinder on March 2nd, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Might I suggest TweetDeck? It's free and really makes it easier to keep an eye on FB/Twitter feeds..
Wolf Lahti: antimonywolflahti on March 3rd, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
I dropped both Facebook and Twitter a while ago.
It was the right decision.

I have several other blogs around, but they go unused because just about everything I have to say I say on LiveJournal. It may not be the best, but it's the one I started with, and spreading my opinions around to more than one site is more trouble than it's worth.
rfrancis on March 3rd, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
This is more or less how I've decided to roll:

Facebook - it's just there for contact with certain friend groups (basically SCA, church, and family.) I turned on email notification on EVERYTHING so I never feel obliged to actually look at it. (I do drop in once in a while, but I actually read the "top news" feed just to see what people are actually jawing about. I don't even try to follow everyone's updates.)

Twitter - this is my "creative contacts" tool. I blurt out from time to time progress reports on what I'm up to. I primarily (if not purely) follow people who are involved in creative endeavors that interest me, pro, amateur, whatever. Once again, I make no effort to keep up 100%; I just dip my bucket in the river now and again. I do check for @-replies to me. Sometimes. Mostly.

Buzz - is just an enhancement of Google Reader.

Livejournal - is entirely friendslocked. This is where I open up about stuff I don't want the world to see me talk about. Sadly, that's all too often health any more, but I need that outlet, so what the heck. My livejournal friendslist overlaps hugely with my longtime online homies, mudders, etc. (It was nihilistic_kid who got me to come here, so there you go.)

Tumblr - is the closest thing I have right now to a normal blog. It is easy for me to use and I've nailed down crossposting from it to LJ, FB and links to twitter and all that jazz. So I think I'm keeping it. It has no particular theme or purpose except for me to share of the cool; it is sort of replacing the Sturgeon's Law podcast, really, although for some reason I decided NOT to keep using the sturgeonslaw.tumblr.com one and instead start this one. Weird.

So, it's sort of like I have a plan. Kind of. In practice I just flail at all of it. (Never mind the Joomla site I have barely gotten started on rfrancissmith.com to be my "look at me, look at me" site...)
16:9 1.78:1 OAR: Ryusixteenbynine on March 3rd, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Facebook and Twitter both annoy me to no end, but other people use them so I'm kind of stuck using them to draw attention to the thing that matters most to me: the website.

The top-10 rules thing is pretty dippy, because a lot of it is more about things they prefer to do or not do, rather than things all writers should do. That doesn't need ten slots.

1. Write.
2. Revise.
3. Promote.
4. Live it up a bit.
5. Learn something.
6. Take everything from the previous steps and go back to the top.
HL Henriksonveilofgrace on March 9th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
This has er, little to do with your actual post. I was compelled to write and give a couple thumbs in the stratosphere for "Walking Dead." I usually read the Walker Papers when they come out, but didn't have the fundage. So I was finally able to get myself a copy a couple days ago, and settled into the tub to read tonight.

My husband had to come in to make sure I wasn't drowning because I was laughing so hard. For whatever reason, Jo's "llama face" smacked my funny bone. Repeatedly. With intent. Haven't had that happen in a looooooong time. So thanks! :D It took considerable effort not to drop the book in the tub, but I emerged successful. Now I have to see if I can go back to reading without giggling so much I can't see the words...

I'm hoping I can turn Demon Hunts into my parting gift to me from my book money before it turns into diaper money. Fingers crossed!
kit: walkerpapersmizkit on March 9th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I'm glad you're enjoying it so much!