Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Twitter vs facebook

 Twitter versus facebook - a poem

Tweet tweet. 

One hundred and forty characters, in which to share your thoughts. 
See something
Tweet about it,
It is shared across the world. 

Status update

Everything from personal to professional to 
Proof of how wonderful your friends are.

Photos of babies and rants about irresponsible dog owners
Virtual coffee mornings
With the occasional poke. 

I love both twitter and facebook (especially since I can access them on my phone - helps me stay in touch with the world). The way I see it though, they aren't really in competition.

Twitter is where I share  my thoughts.
Facebook is where I share my life.

Facebook is for the personal, for my close friends and family. Twitter is for everyone else. My tweets are there for all the world to see. My facebook profile is hidden behind walls of privacy settings.

Twitter is also linked to my professional identity. Me as a writer, a creative writing facilitator.

Facebook is personal. It's where I share my feelings about being a mum, among other things.

When I enter twitter, I am a slightly different person to the one that wanders around facebook.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Other writers...

So I haven't had much time for writing lately, so I figured I could take the opportunity to tell you about some other very talented writers...

There is the darkly talented Jo Robertson, co-author of Casting Shadows, who has released a volume of horror short stories.

Behind the Shutters is a great collection of short stories set in that most horrifying of landscapes - the seeming innocence of suburbia. The opening story, My Name is Graham Roper, is my favourite. It is the perfect example Jo's darkly humorous writing. I dare you to read this book and not laugh out loud at one page, then cower in terror at the next!

Behind the Shutters is available from Lulu and Amazon.

If fantasy is more your thing, you could always read The Kingdom of Malinas by E.J. Tett.

It is a Young Adult fantasy, but I found there was plenty in it for adult readers - particularly if you like your female characters feisty, and not damsel-in-distress types.

The Kingdom of Malinas is the first in the trilogy: the second book, The Empress Graves , is also out. The final part will be out soon, so now would be a great time to read the first two!

The Kingdom of Malinas and The Empress Graves are available from Lulu and Amazon.

Also available is Magenta Shaman by Lily Childs, available on Amazon for kindle download.

So go check these writers out, have a read of the wonderful work they have to offer!