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 of view.
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 alternate timeline.
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 super-elaborate prank.
*- 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.