Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Goodbye for now, Facebook and Twitter
Yesterday I decided to suspend my accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
It wasn't because I felt unloved or because I became irritated by too many "I'm going out to eat now at X restaurant" posts or nonplused by too many arcane references to popular music (those fall flat on my deaf ears) or bored by big hellos to people I don't know or wearied by announcements of publishings or autographings by authors even more obscure than me.
It was because both services are an enormous time sink and because as a writer I am utterly undisciplined. That is a fatal combination.
You know how it is. You sit down at the computer at 5 a.m. intending to work on your latest manuscript, but first you'll see if somebody posted something interesting on Facebook or Twitter. Before you know it it's 7 a.m. and time for breakfast, after which you'll go work out at the fitness center and when you get home at 10 there's work to be done on the cabin and and and . . .
But I will be back, as soon as Hang Fire is finished.