My father and my sister came up to the Catskills with me on Sunday. They returned home to Pennsylvania this morning. So for some weeks to come… I am home alone in the Catskills.
There’s lots to do around the house. I was busy earlier. That is why this post comes now – in the late afternoon, New York time.
I hope there will also be plenty of time to try to put the finishing touches to THAT manuscript.
I have also been paying attention for the last few weeks on my new Twitter to the #writingcommunity hashtag. I do it partly because I am intrigued by it mostly because I had previously never been convinced there is really something called a “community of writers” out there. Why? I posted this in 2018:
The term “passive-aggressive” may well have been coined by someone observing a jealous author reviewing another’s work. Having years ago encountered some of my uncle’s “fellow” writers, I never forgot what pompous and self-important individuals some were. I recall overhearing more than a few chats that went a lot like this:
Mike: “I read Lynn’s new story after she asked for input. I don’t know where to start. I’ll be nice, though. But God…”
Uncle: “She’s alright. She’s better than me in lots of ways. I can’t spell for s-it. Sylvia always tells me that.”
[Later, after Mike had gone home.]
Uncle [to me]: “Known him years. He’s an okay guy, but can be such an a-shole. She writes fine, better than him. I think he’s always just pissed off she’d never sleep with him.”
I’m also detecting a bit on #writingcommunity Twitter that all that may have changed in that latter department is that, uh, today – unlike the 1980s-90s – there is, well, Twitter:
I don't know who needs to hear this today, but Twitter is not a dating service. It's cool if you want to try and us… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Aurora Thornton is Querying (@Aurora_T_Books) September 08, 2019
That said, I do see value in #writingcommunity Twitter. My uncle – a HarperCollins and others published crime novelist – would have, I suspect, LOVED it. As we scroll, we are prompted to think and we may also discover we don’t do what “everyone else” does:
All these years I’ve been hoarding notebooks never knowing that I’m not alone. Apparently, every writer hoards no… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Mims the Word (@mims_words) September 09, 2019
I haven’t used a paper notebook since college. I don’t think I have even written anything lengthy longhand since the (pre-computer) Clinton administration. My writing is all tapping on keyboards: I hoard Word documents and iPhone Notes.
Having replied to that one on Twitter itself, I noticed some others… which I thought I’d address here on the blog:
🎉 Your book just got optioned to be made into a movie! Who do you want cast as the lead? Show us with a gif or pic.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Lamora Coons ✍️📚 (@LamoraCoons) September 07, 2019
I might have ideas. But once the book is optioned, I have probably conceded that decision to those who will produce the film. If I had any say, I’d prefer a main cast few had ever heard of… because everyone deserves a big break. 🙂
Do you keep track of all the books you’ve read over the years? If so, what’s the best way to track your reads? I cu… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
📚 Troy Berlin ☕️ (@troyberlin) September 08, 2019
I don’t use Goodreads. And I have been reading books since – alas – long before the existence of spreadsheets. That said, reading is, I believe, not just about enjoyment, totaling up how many you have read, or even about knowledge.
Books we own become treasures of a sort. They form as well a record of our lives:
I will say also if I see a book on a shelf somewhere and I can’t remember having read it, it must not have been worth reading.
#WritingCommunity How did the last character you killed die? Poison.—
Victorique Crawford is working things out (@EndlessMidnigh1) September 08, 2019
I don’t kill anyone. If death comes on a page, it happens as a consequence of the story.
Stephan J. Hahn (@stephanjhahn) September 08, 2019
That moment when the manuscript is complete enough to PRINT out a paper copy. I print only that one copy. It is then I find I first truly feel, thanks to seeing it in three-dimensions, that I have actually written the novel.
What genre is the book you're writing? How's it going?🤓 #WritingCommunity—
Nicole C. Moon (@nickicmoon) September 08, 2019
Romantic historical fiction…
…and how’s it going?: I may be about… TO LOSE IT! LOL!
Ashley Bochman (@ashley_bochman) September 09, 2019
I don’t think as a kid I ever dreamed of being anything work-wise.
#WritingCommunity, have you included any of your own life stories into one of your works?—
Dru Healy (@DruHealy) September 09, 2019
How does a writer NOT do so? I don’t feel you can dream it all up out of thin air…
You are as a writer almost surely borrowing from personal experiences, or from those you know, even if you fail to realize it.
My book is coming out in 2 days. TWO DAYS!!! What did you do to prepare for your launch?—
Dr. Tara Sanderson (@drtarasanderson) September 08, 2019
Previously I posted about it on here, and if I was then using them, Instagram and Twitter.
After those social media mentions, I may have had a drink.
Drink or not, I also sat pondering “my achievement.” Gradually I started to feel increasingly sad and empty. Finally, I ended up wondering: “Dear God, what do I write next?” 🙂
I hope you are having a good day, wherever you are. 🙂