Posts tagged ‘thoughtsonmyriadthings’

October 25th, 2010

Let's Go Tweeting! (But Don't Forget Your Helmet!)

by Madeleine Rex

This month’s issue of Writer’s Digest was epic. Actually, most of them are, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised. Anyway, I found a myriad of potential blog topics. One of which was Twitter.

Oh, yes, Twitter. The online drug that serves us in so many ways. A procrastination tool of the highest quality (140 characters and everything!), a way to stalk people we admire without being arrested (Kidding…), but, most of all, Twitter is one of the ultimate ways to find kindred spirits. Like beings. Other writers.

I am one of the very few people in my high school who doesn’t have a Facebook account. I don’t particularly want one, plus I get a weird thrill from the resistance. Ultimately, though, I don’t have a Facebook because it wouldn’t be as helpful. Sure, I could talk to the kids in my Geometry class for hours on end (because, let’s face it – I’d be a Facebook junkie if I ever got one. It’s just the way I am – I like to talk.), but they’re not writers or avid readers. They’re not the people who I could get loads of good advice from, and they’re not the people who quite understand why I’ve written books and write book reviews. No – those people are on Twitter.

My point? Join Twitter. It certainly will get in the way of your finishing the laundry, but it will also lead to fantastic relationships with people like you. And don’t argue that you’re not in search of kindred spirits because you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t.

Joining isn’t the end of the fun, either. In fact, that’s precisely what WD was talking about – Twitter etiquette. What’s okay? What’s too casual? What’s too personal/impersonal? Where do you draw the line?

Some of the folks in the article agreed that you shouldn’t talk about your personal life at all…

… Draws the line at the parts of his life that are wholly separate from his writing.

And that’s where I don’t completely agree. Of course, keep what you want to be private out of the public eye. Be comfortable because otherwise your friendliness and openness will sound forced, not to mention the fact that you won’t have any fun if what you’re saying is unnatural. However, I like to read author comments and chat with authors about totally random things. Examples:

  • What their favorite kind of egg is.
  • The movie they watched when they were thirteen that frightened them so much that they slept with the light on for the first time since second grade.
  • The crappy pizza they ate last night.
  • Their favorite TV show.
  • Their new shoes.

All of those are hypothetical, but they’re all things I would talk about. They’re the sort of inconsequential things I’d talk about with friends, and that’s the way I like to think of the people I chat with on Twitter. I certainly wouldn’t get on there and say terrible things about people because that’s terrible etiquette in general, but of course I mention my family and teachers [etc.] once in a while because they’re part of my life. They’re people who come along with the Madeleine Package, and that’s what you’re getting when you follow my Twitter feed. What you don’t get from good feeds says a lot more about them:

Not Okay.

  • Rude comments about other people. That’s simply not okay anyway.
  • Complaints about agents and editors (named). Unprofessional.
  • Weirdly personal comments (or inappropriate ones) that you wouldn’t tell your real life friends either.

Those are just three broad examples, but they encompass a lot. Don’t be mean. Don’t insult. Don’t say grossly inappropriate things. <– Rules of the playground.

There are exceptions to every rule. If you write books about grossly inappropriate things, then grossly inappropriate things on your Twitter feed would be expected (though I probably won’t follow you). In general, however, these are the major Twitter guidelines, in my opinion.

The Keys: Don’t be mean, insulting, or terribly inappropriate. Do be friendly, helpful, and casual. Treat the people you tweet with as pals, not necessarily as co-workers. Don’t feel afraid to tweet about random things because other people out their probably like Eggs Benedict, too.

May 24th, 2010

20 Things to Say

by Madeleine Rex

I read this post on Steph’s blog ages ago, when I first heard of her and devoured half her blog posts in twenty minutes (yeah, it’s that good). This post isn’t book related, but I’m extremely excited to do it.

Below are twenty things I want to say to certain people-who-shall-never-be-named. I’m going to try to be blunt and honest (or at least more blunt and honest than I’d be to people’s faces). If you want to take a whack at this, go ahead, and I’d love to read your posts!

Here you go, 20 things I’m way too smart and/or cowardly to say:

  1. Dude, pull up your pants. Do you realize butts look better when they’re in pants?
  2. I really am nicer than I seem. I think.
  3. I think you’re an idiot. (Which sounds like a contradiction to #2, but, yeah, read #2)
  4. Sometimes, you need to try a little less to be someone you’re not. You rock as-is.
  5. I think you dress like a hooker. I’m sorry, but have you seen your shoes? Wrong impression.
  6. I love you even though you drive me totally insane.
  7. You know that thing you said a few weeks ago that you already forgot about? That hurt my feelings, and I cried.
  8. I think your accent is really cool. Can you teach it to me?
  9. The color of your fake-blond hair reminds me of the cheese powder for mac&cheese.
  10. Tomorrow, I want to give you a hug. But I won’t.
  11. Please, I’m begging you, please stop being a jerk.
  12. I love that you work so hard to be a good person. Not that you’re not a good person, but you still try hard to be even better.
  13. I love you so much that I cry (actually, I do say this. To my parents).
  14. I’ll be nice to you, but you actually annoy me. Sorry, but I’m human just like everyone else, remember?
  15. I’m not perfect. I wish I was, but I’m not. Thanks for thinking so, but I thought I’d give you a reality-check.
  16. When you laugh, I want to laugh, and when you cry, I want to cry.
  17. I think you’re a wonderful person. Period.
  18. Thanks for being my best friend because I know I’m really a pain sometimes. You should be granted saint-hood for putting up with me.
  19. Please, please don’t disappoint me.
  20. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.

As I said, I would love to read your posts like this; just give me a link! It’s so relieving to be able to just say it.

So, free yourself, let the words tumble from your mouth, and do it in a safe, no-body’s-going-to-think-I’m-crazy way.

I’m running out of books to review because I prefer to review books that I’ve read more recently. I’ll try to zoom through three or so books this week, but I’m also going to be writing more, so we’ll see! Happy reading, happy writing, and happy living!