I occasionally take Twitter a little for granted. Not that I’m not appreciative of the way that it works for me personally, but I forget that it connects other people the same way. I came across a conversation between Neil Gaiman and Laurell K. Hamilton (Two of my very favorite authors. I credit Hamilton’s Anita Blake for a lot of my sarcastic replies growing up.)
I went through an entire SLEW of emotions here, people. In the space of about three seconds.
Wait, they KNOW each other?? They’re REAL?
Of course they’re real people, nutjob. You’ve been following Neil for years on Twitter, and even though it never occurred to you to look up and follow Laurell, she wasn’t a mythical being. You saw her on book tour. You totally stalked her autograph for A Kiss of Shadows! And it makes sense they know each other, they’re both celebrated authors in more or less the same field. Pull it together, subconscious me!
Aaaaaahhh!!!! Two of my favorite authors are TALKING TO EACH OTHER! Giving and asking ADVICE!! That is SO. COOL!! *kermitflail*
4. Weird sense of intrusiveness
Wait, they’re talking to each other. It’s a public forum, but they’re talking to each other. It’s not a conversation I’m a part of, but I can see it.
Most of the time when I look into a conversation thread, it’s between two or more people that I actually know in person and possibly even have a connection to what they’re talking about. This was one of the first times where I saw a conversation between people that I don’t know personally, but I knew OF both of them. Authors I feel a deep connection to. I’ve read their words, fairly obsessively, for YEARS; these weren’t simply celebrities that I only knew vaguely of.
It was very cool in a vaguely unsettling way, but an interesting reminder that the celebs/authors/actors who use twitter really do tend to use it in the same way we do; to talk with their friends in a less personal way than a cell phone.
On a totally different note, yay! Something other than a series from Laurell!! Hopefully! Maybe! Because honestly, much as I love Anita Blake and as much as I love Meredith Gentry, they both tend to descend into some serious #vaginalfantasy territory. I have other books for that. Laurell writes fantastic violence and politics, would love to see a book that focused more on that.