Finding Something Friday on Love-Hate Relationships (I’m Talking to You, Twitter)

Here’s the thing I found today: I love Twitter.

I love how this HUGE community of people come together and share thoughts on just about everything. I follow lots of writers, editors, and publishers, so I find tons of tweets relating to the subject I love best. And I LOVE how these folks find submission opportunities, or book giveaways, or funny little videos or vastly interesting blog posts that I would never find myself.

But I also hate Twitter. Because when I sit down at my little desk, telling myself that I will only look at Twitter (and if I’m being perfectly honest, Facebook, too) for fifteen minutes, PROMISE, and then I get up to stretch TWO HOURS later, I am not happy.

But a part of me is happy. Because I’ve learned so much that I didn’t know before. It’s just that I’m paying for that knowledge when I finally finish my To Do list at 12:30 AM. Whew. Anyway, that’s how I found a tweet that took me to Steve Buttry’s blog.

Steve Buttry happened to be interviewing Roy Peter Clark, the man behind Writing Tools, which was published as a book–and now Mr. Clark has a blog of that name over at Poynter.

Of course, you can peruse all those delightful links, because really, there’s lots of good writing stuff there. Or you can go directly to this shortcut of the 50 Writing Tools, Quick List. Where you will find that number 2: Order words for emphasis, is the rule that Mr. Clark finds terribly important for all writers.

In the end, it was all worth it, right? (Or…It was all worth it, in the end. Right?)

Writing and Zero Candy Bars

Now, I know what you’re thinking. And no, I don’t mean that fleeting thought you just had, wondering if you’ll still fit into that pair of killer capris from last year after eating an Easter basket full of chocolate. (P.S. You probably won’t. Go have another malted milk ball egg.)

I’m talking about the next thought you had. Namely, what does a Zero candy bar have to do with writing? Hear me out, ’cause I think I can make this work.

It all started with an innocent tweet along the lines of “why is it I always have to find a gas station to get a Zero candy bar?” As it happens, Zero is my fave candy bar. But I have to depend on a fill-up in order to come by said candy bar. In fact, a Zero just doesn’t taste the same without the smell of gas fumes intermingled with the chocolatey goodness.

So, one of my writer friends tweeted back, basically saying, “Yeah, what’s up with that?” LuAnn loves the Zero, too. But she lives out in the middle of nowhere (and by nowhere, I mean “Nebraska”) so getting a Zero is quite the jaunt for her. She was so riled up about the situation, she wrote an email to Hershey’s (Here’s where a little creative writing comes in). Hershey’s did not exactly share her riled-upness (I just made up a wordmore creative writing!).

Then I suggested that we should start a fan page on Facebook (even more creative writing!) And LuAnn, who is much more technically proficient than I, went right to work. And that is how I WANT MY ZERO CANDY BAR (AND I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO FIND A GAS STATION TO GET IT) began. If you’re on Facebook, and you love the Zero, then rush over and join the group. Cause the pen is mightier than the, um, just-complaining-and-not-doing-anything ploy. (See? TONS of writing going on here. In fact, I kinda outdid myself.)

Perfectly Good Reasons for A Missing Post

So, I was just conversing with a friend about blogging and such, and how I always try to post on Finding Something Friday. And then I went and missed my post on Friday. But I have perfectly good reasons that are, coincidentally, writing-related.

Reason One:

My very last ever Institute of Children’s Lit assignment was due on Friday. It was kind of a long and involved assignment that required not only a splendiferous children’s story, but also three different market analyses and a cover letter. I had more or less finished the assignment by Friday; all I had left to do was a quick edit of the more or less finished story, the three analyses and the cover letter.

Reason Two:

Facebook keeps sucking me into its vortex of virtual voyeurism. That may not sound like a legitimate reason, but believe me when I say resistance is futile. Unless you are the beneficent Mr. Hall. He left a message for me about Facebook…I’m not sure whether he’s making fun of my note system of leaving messages on the mirror, or if he’s making a statement about Facebook. Or possibly, Mr. Hall has managed to make two statements in one. For the sake of the kiddies, I attempted to convert certain letters to asterisks (no pun intended) before taking the picture.

Is Mr. Hall trying to tell me something? And if you happen to come across my ICL assignment, somewhere on Facebook, let me know, huh?