A long time ago, I wrote a rant about Twitter, or more correct, a rant about authors who doesn't do anything but spam the feed with the same annoying ads again and again.
Old Twitter Rant
After reposting the rant because it is still as correct today as it was when I wrote it, I did a little experiment on Twitter. I went to my home page on Twitter, and every time I saw a promotion I clicked on the author. If 8/10 of the last posts they had posted was all promotions, then I unfollowed them.
In less than 20 min, I had unfollowed almost 40 people (which in return, has given me some 20 less followers.)
And it kind of makes me sad. Because some of these people are brilliant authors, but not only that, I know them to be funny, articulate, and kind people. I know they are people with good things to say, good things to share. I respect their opinions, even if I'm not always agreeing with them.
But instead of showing the world who they are, they chose to spam twitter with the same boring ads over and over again. Instead of doing what authors through time has so often been doing, being the voices that help shape the world. They have become like those seagulls from finding Nemo, all shouting "MINE, MINE, MINE, MINE" hoping their voice will somehow miraculously be heard over the others.
I'm not saying that being "you" is going to instantly make you famous. Hell, some of these authors have tens of thousands followers, even though I have no idea why because all they ever do is drowning your feed, so you never see the posts from those who actually have something interesting to say. No, being heard, even when you're saying something worth listening to, is hard as fuck. In a world where so much "noise" is cluttering the internet, it can be hard to be heard.
But for the love of all that is holy to you, don't be part of the noise problem.
Beause let me tell you, that after I deleted those 40 people from Twitter, my feed is suddenly filled with interesting posts, posts I never saw before, because the seagulls of twitter drowned them in their constant screaming.
As those who follow me on twitter and Instagram knows, I'm working hard on editing Dragon Slayer. And while I'm editing I like to hear music (while writing I often have a movie running, but editing is more a music thing for me.)
And I might have become a bit obsessed with this guy - Rag'n'bone man.
He makes awesome music and it just makes my editing flow. The awesome thing is that he covers a pretty wide range of music. Most people right now, probably know him from this song:
And that is one of my favourites, but personally I love this one even better.
So yeah, I might have become addicted to this guy's music. But it's all good and at least I'm editing :D
Which leads me to this next thing - a short snippet.
With a cold beer in my hand, I turned around, ready to confront that damn annoying alpha. “I hope you have a good reason for your little stunt?”
Last night, me and a bunch of other awesome writers known as the @QuillWriters, played a game on twitter. We are a newly formed group, but one of our goals is to have a game running on twitter each Tuesday.
Last night it was #WordsOfUnusualSizes and there is a lot of them. Not only really long words, but words that just looks funny, or have some special meaning.
First I found my new favorite word.
Sure I have read it before, but never really noticed it until last night, and now I love it. I’m still trying to figure out how to ever use it in a text, but one day. One day I will succeed.
-Que evil mastermind laugh-
Other great words were:
-hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia : the fear of long words. I mean, come on, that one is just plain evil.
“Hey Bob, what should we call the fear of long words?”
“I don’t know, John, what about longwordsphobia?”
“Nah, Bob, I’m not sure it got the right sound, we need something sounding more latin.”
“You might be right, John. What about diuverbaphobia?”
“Oh, I know, Bob. We are going to call it hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.”
“What a brilliant idea, John.”
*Que high-fives all around*
- Sesquipedalian: A person who uses overly long words (Which was quite fitting in the context of last night’s game).
We even got around Shakespeare:
- Honorificabilitudinitatibus : The longest word Shakespeare ever used.
One word I really wanted to use, but was too long to put in a twitter, was this one:
-Lopadotemakhoselakhogaleokranioleipsanodrimypotrimmatosilphiokarabomelitokatakekhymenokikhlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptokephalliokigklopeleiolagōiosiraiobaphētraganopterýgōn : This completely stupid word was used in an ancient Greek play, to describe a dish. How was it made, you ask? Well the writer simply took all the ingredients and put them together to form one word. (the original Greek one, was only 171 letters long, whereas the translation above is 183 letters long)
And a last one, because why not (zoidberg)
The opening line to the play from 1743 by Henry Carey:
"Aldiborontiphoscophornio! Where left you Chrononhotonthologos?"
If you want to know more about us Quill Writers and what we are up to next Tuesday, you can find us on:
Researching and browser history.
You know how people always joke about, if they ever die, they want their best friend to go delete their browser history for porn?
Well, I do a lot of weird research for my writing, and one of the things I have researched is poisonous plants, and how to generally poison people.
I have learned a lot of interesting things, about a lot of gruesome ways to kill people with common plants.
There is the lovely belladonna, a nice looking plant with some cute little flowers and tasty looking black berries that some say even taste kind of sweet.
Of course, this sweet and nice looking flower can kill you. From the roots to the leaves to the berries, every single part of the belladonna is poisonous, unless of course you're a cow or a rabbit.
The fact that furry, cute little rabbits can eat this plant without facing painful death makes me believe there must be some kind of devilish magic involved.
Watch out for the killer rabbits.
Of course, belladonna have had it's uses through the ages.
Woman used an extract from belladonna as an eye drop, because it made the pupils bigger, making the eyes seem more seductive.
And we even used this poisonous plat to treat sick people, especially mixed with opium.
Oh, you're sick you say. well here, have some drugs and some poison. I'm sure you will feel much better soon.
Okay, back to browser history. When I die, I hope people will look at my browser history, and that they will learn three things about me.
1) I know all the good porn sites
2) I spend way to much time researching ways to kill people
3) That they were lucky they never pissed me of and ended up poisoned.
Have a great day, and don't eat any plants you don't know, kids. It might just be a poisonous killer, looking like a fluffy little pink friend.
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