It’s not that I’m anti-technology. I’m not even super technology impaired, although mildly. I’m just slow to join the rest of the crowd. I drag my feet, because I like to watch other people, and see what they’re doing, and how it’s going for them. We were the last house on the block to get a Nintendo when it came out. I swore I’d never like DVDs more than VHS. I don’t have a Twitter account. Yet.
And here’s why: I’m lazy! No, that isn’t it, not really. But I am strapped for time. I’m struggling with managing the time that I have, and I’m easily distracted. I used to read blog comments where people said, “And of course I’m reading blogs instead of writing!” I thought, how bizarre! Why read when you could write? Why procrastinate??
And now here I am! I’m trying to do House Things (feed the kids, flag down the school bus, wash marker off of the walls) and Friends/Family Things (phone calls, thank you cards, letters, attending important events) and Writing Things (actual writing times, editing, submitting, querying, keeping track) and, oh yeah, watching Vampire Hunter D here and there. But noooooo, I’m on cakewrecks! Noooooo, I’m reading Pictures For Sad Children and checking my email and Private Messages all of the time! I’ve lost my ability to concentrate. I have the attention span of a gnat.
And now there’s Twitter! I’m torn! One one hand, it’s one more thing to keep up on. On the other, I love writing stories for the Twitterzines, and it would only be fair to, you know, have a Twitter account. And it would be awesome to see what other people are doing…if it doesn’t get annoying. So I guess here are my questions: Twitter? Yay? Nay? For those of you who have it, do you enjoy it? Is it a stress? Is it a marketing tool? Is it another fun thing to do? Do you want to kill people who tweet a bazillion times a day? (I’m going to discretely remove some Facebook friends because of that. Do I care about your personal hygiene? I mean, really?? Update your status once or twice, but MAN, go for a walk, or something!)
Give me info. Give me answers. (Doing my best Cate Blanchett in Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) “I want to knoooooooow!”
In other news, I was up at 4:30 this morning. (Thanks, kids! Expect retribution.) So I queried on three pieces that have been out forever, and did a little more Duotrope Stalking. Two more magazines had folded, so I’m counting them as rejections. I also submitted a poem called “Resting in your Throated Hollows”, so my submission count is now 31. I’d like to get it up to 40 again, so I’ll give it a good faith effort. Meanwhile, I just got off the phone about doing a presentation at a local library, and tonight I have the city Writer’s Group meeting. I’m excited for that, and especially for the Coke that I intend on consuming. Mmm mmm mmm!