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Anonymous said: How do I stop being upset by/obsessing about the fact that you don't follow me back on Twitter? Seems like some meaningless shit I should be able to let go of, idk.
I’ll tell you what’s worse - the moment you realise you’ve been following someone out of politeness and they’ve unfollowed you. Why was I listening to their boring rubbish? Pah! Pah!
Don’t worry. I get this too. It’s especially funny when I realise they’re following Jamie and not me (or vice versa). You just have to let go. People use their twitters in lots of different ways. There’s people I know pretty well in real life I don’t follow.
Me? I follow a lot of people and I don’t think I’m capable of following many more. I probably need to strim my list a little.
I still have “Wait - am I not following them? I totally should be” moments though. I also don’t follow my new followers, so I’m occasionally surprised by someone messaging me in a “Crap! XYZ is following me! Why am I not them?” moment.
Just relax. Life is too short to worry about social media malarkies.
This is a pretty well articulated summation of how I feel, most of the time, about social networks.
Facebook is for social obligations, Twitter is for casual conversation, Tumblr is for… other stuff.
I can’t get worked up about whether or not someone is following me on Twitter. I talk about ALL the things I’m interested in on there, and I know that makes me too high-traffic for a lot of people, so why would I feel bad if someone I know, or don’t know but care about, follows me?
(Related: Someone fairly well-known that I LOVE - super talented, super funny, and just really cool - followed me over there the other day, surprised that they didn’t already, because we talk quite regularly there - usually because I’ve commented on something they’ve said.
I was actually a bit worried about it, because at the moment they know me as someone who is engaging on a small range of topics that they’re interested in, and now they’re going to be exposed to the full weight of my twitter activity.
I warned them of as much. One of my favourite people on Twitter, who is actually quite well-known on there, and I’m half-telling them, only half-joking, that they might not want to follow me.
This is not the sort of thing I imagined happening when I was at school 25 years ago.)@3 months ago with 31 notes | Comments
Y’know what Tumblr? Last hours before Dr Who are a pretty good time to listen to the Spoilers ep of Unanswered : http://unansweredpodcast.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/show-17/
Great advice on spoilers and spoiler-shaming. And we don’t spoil ANYTHING doing it.@9 months ago | Comments
Anonymous said: I'm trying to break into comics, but one criticism/concern I've already been getting in the early stages of the drafts of my current story is how difficult or tricky political commentary can be for the reader and publisher. The political commentary of social justice through the character's and their lives is the defining attribute to what I believe makes my story truly shine. What advice do you have for any writer who is writing a story with an unconventional political message?
if that is the critique are getting from your friends then I bet your characters are lecturing.
The trick with political messages or commentary is to make it so subtle that most people wouldn’t even notice it. people hate being lectured to. even when people are being lectured about things that they’ve heartily agree with. most people, when they are reading their comics, are looking for escapism or something fun or moving that makes them appreciate the world.
and just like you wouldn’t want to be stuck at a party with someone lecturing you with their political commentary, you don’t want to sit and read it.
that’s why most of the world hates Bill Mahar :)
now a lot of comics, and a lot of my comics, do reflect the world around us. most of my issues are social but I would be lying if I didn’t say that they influenced my work. and often I am writing characters who have the opposite opinion of what I believe socially and politically and I’m writing them to kind of discover how someone could think that way.
but what I don’t do is lecture.
It may just be that I’m noticing it this week, but between this post, and Si Spurrier’s recent comments, it feels like we’re getting to the nub of what I think of as one of a writer’s key roles/obligations, to the reader but most of all to their stories and characters.
Basically, if your character or story is just a direct mouthpiece for your own opinions, unless you’re really, REALLY inventive, you’re better off writing a blog post than a fictional story.
(Si Spurrier’s comments approach this area from a different angle, but the core message I took from it is the same: You shouldn’t be able to infer that the opinions that come out of a character’s mouth are always those of the writer, and the writer shouldn’t always be putting their opinions into the mouths of every one of their characters.)@11 months ago with 41 notes | Comments