This is how it went: About a week and a half ago, a stranger sent me a message informing me that they were offended by my Twitter profile. No explanation of why they found it offensive, either, because, y’know, that’s none of my business, right? My first reaction was, WTF?!?? (Yes, when I’m startled, I sometimes think using acronyms and excessive punctuation. It’s a very bad habit, but one which I find impossible to break. Almost as bad as pulling obscure novel quotes out of thin air at the least provocation.) But then I thought, Hey, most of my blog followers are people — maybe they can help me understand this!
So what is wrong with this Twitter profile?
SF/F author and editor. I’m not human, but I play one in real life.
I realize I’ve got an odd sense of humor sometimes (okay, more than just sometimes), but there’s a big difference — or should be — between “I don’t get it” and “How dare you!” I suspect it’s the latter part that’s the “problem.” I’d like to think so, anyway, because otherwise there are a lot more people whose Twitter profiles are provoking outrage — OUTRAGE, I tell you! — by saying things like “I write SF short stories for fun” or “Freelance fiction editor and baker of pies.”
(I’m not at all upset, by the way. In the past, I got death threats just for reading science fiction and fantasy — I’m not worried about some drive-by disapprover. But the sheer incomprehensibility of it is starting to bug me.)