My clone is, if anything, less inclined to talk about himself than I am. (You’re surprised, aren’t you?) Yet I have to somehow get him to answer a bunch of questions for a few blog interviews — without causing him a lot of stress, because even author interviews are a bit too much like marketing his novels, and when he thinks about the business side of being a writer, he can’t think about, y’know, writing.
He passed 60K words on the WIP yesterday. (Would it be weird if I said I metaphorically happy-danced in the post-apocalyptic ruins of Disney World? Yeah, probably…) He’s been writing every day lately, and I do not want to derail that. On the other hand, author interviews! Publicity for him and his novels.
(There’s also the little matter of me needing to answer a few interview questions, too, because a blogger contacted me a week ago and asked if she could interview me. She did mention that she wouldn’t mind if my twin answered those questions, too. Maybe I can make that happen.)
It may seem otherwise, considering how verbose I can be on this blog (yeah, sure I’m gonna keep all my A-Z posts under 300 words), but I’m not comfortable with social media. Most of the people I’m “friends” with on Facebook are writers who don’t actually know me [embarrassing fanboy moment narrowly avoided], and I seldom know what to say even to the ones I do know. (*waves to LR, who just recently taught me a new bit of writer jargon: Tuckerization.*) Twitter… I feel awkward re-Tweeting, or replying even to Tweets that seem to be addressed to all and sundry rather than a small group of that person’s friends. I feel as if I’m intruding on the world’s largest private conversation.
Actually, most of social media feels like that for me.
And the (very good) advice to ‘Remember that people on social media are just human beings like yourself’… Joking aside, that still doesn’t make me feel reassured. Humans are difficult to talk to, even when I don’t have to deal with the conflicting signals of their words versus their voice inflections versus their body language versus whatever emotions they’re broadcasting. On the other hand, not having voice inflections and facial expressions to enhance or clarify meaning makes it chancy at times to guess what is meant; it’s not as if the English language has a punctuation mark for sarcasm, for example, and a lot of people would misuse it anyway.