A few things on my mind. First and foremost, my awesome husband finished the Ironman in Penticton today. It’s been 21 years since he last did the race, and here he is, looking none the worse for wear, in this photo which was taken at 10:39 of a 10:49 race. (Yes, that would be hours:minutes.)
After much discussion, we decided that it would be best for me to stay home with our youngest son, and for Ron and our older son to go to the race. A tough call, but that’s how it shook out. In any case, Twitter, and my brother in law, saved the day, with photos and updates every hour.
Now that the day is over, I hope I’m done with Twitter forever. It’s just too fleeting, too fluttery, too twitt-y for me. It moves too fast. I can’t figure out what people are talking about. Or why. Why aren’t they reading a book, or having a conversation with someone in the room with them, or enjoying a few quiet, twit-free moments?
Except now I know how useful it can be. Plus, I have two followers already. Shouldn’t I tell them what’s happening?
Keeping with my ludite ways, I also decided this week not to get a smart phone. Nope. Sticking with my dumb phone, thank you very much. Admittedly the Bell salesman was very convincing. I thought about it for a whole week. I was especially taken with the touch keyboard. Get this – you just slide your finger from letter to letter and it gives you a drop-down list of possible words. Amazing, don’t you think? Except, I’m a writer. Writing down words is what I do. If this technology goes much further, I’ll become obsolete. It was a dank and starry night. No! It wasn’t! That’s not what I meant!
As much as Facebook and blogging and the little piplups of “you’ve got mail!” do interrupt my work, I still somehow manage to preserve periods of time where I can string thoughts together without interruption. Long-chain thoughts, like deep breaths, are vital to what I do. Not only for fiction writing, but for my freelance contract work as well. Really, it’s where I add value to the organizations that I work for. They hire me to write for them, not because the people within the organization aren’t able to do it. But because they don’t have the big chunks of focused time that make that kind of work possible. See, they all have smart phones. I rest my case.
Well, thanks Twitter, for bringing me and my Ironguy closer together. And bye-bye. At least, until next time.