Welcome to my not-so-regular feature, From the Haphazard Twitter Files of Ms. Bookish (and yes, the title is a tribute to a one of my favorite books, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg).
I recently discovered that the Tweetdeck iPhone app now lets me email tweets to myself without leaving the app – a real time-saver, and ever since I started using it, I’ve accumulated a lot of great links – kind of a method of bookmarking when I’m not on my computer, plus great for writing up this feature (so it might be a more regular one from now on!).
Because, as it turns out, my favorite time for going on Twitter is in the morning, when I’m relaxing with a cup of coffee and not quite ready to get up and start doing things.
I don’t know about you, but I find such great links through Twitter – things that I might never have caught sight of otherwise. I know some people think Twitter is all about tweeting personal, irrelevant stuff (“Just had a bowl of soup for lunch. Yum.”) but it’s not just about personal updates (although yes, I do enjoy a smattering of those, too – it humanizes the whole experience for me). It’s such a great place to find interesting links (of course, much depends on the people you’re following – but on the positive side, you’re fully in charge of that!).
- Author Kate Scowen is looking for teens to interview for her upcoming book for and about teenagers. (Via @AnnickPress)
- This contest makes you work for it, and I’m not sure of the end date, but you can win these gorgeous Art + Design titles. (Via @ChronicleBooks)
- Watching the English, by Kate Fox and Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong, by Jean-Benoit Nadeau: two books I added to my wish list as a result of a Twitter conversation with Jackie of Farm Lane Books.
- Here’s something fun for younger kids – answer the question “can you think of an animal that would enjoy a story, and why might reading to them be difficult?” and be entered for a chance to win a signed, original sketch by illustrator Andrea Wayne von Königslöw. (Via @AnnickPress)
- Darcy Pattison’s tips on plot, plot layers and subplots. And the tips are helpful even if you write by the seat of your pants like I do! (Via @inkyelbows)
- I discovered the Procrastinating Writers blog and Twitter account via @WriteSuccess. Procrastinating Writers offers up some good posts on how to get your butt in the seat of that chair (which is really my one and only problem when it comes to writing) – for example, this post lead me to Nancy Rawlinson’s post about using start-up lists as a tool to get you started writing.
- Free novel-planning and novel-writing worksheets: Book in a Month worksheets! *Note: PDF file (Via ProcrastWriter)
- YALitChat Ning group – I’ve signed up but haven’t had a chance yet to browse through the site. At first glance, though, it looks like a great resource! (Via @galleysmith)
Other Fun and Interesting Stuff
- Seth Godin and Steven Pressfield on what’s really holding you back. (Via @MaureenCole)
- For iPhone lovers, here are the winners of the 2009 Best App Ever awards – find the “best” app in 56 categories. (Via @iPhoneLife)
- In case you’re hungry, this recipe for Parmesan-Herb popovers looks delicious. I’ve emailed this one to my husband and hope to be tasting this soon! (Via @AndrewsMcMeel)
- For those of you with kids learning about biology (or if you love biology yourself), you can download Immune Attack, an educational video game that introduces basic concepts of molecular and cellular biology to middle school, high school and entry-level college students, created by the Federation of American Scientists. Mashable writes about this game and Second Life in How Social Gaming is Improving Education. (Via @mashable)
Are you on Twitter? What do you like best about it? And here’s the link to my Twitter page!