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From the Haphazard Twitter Files of MsBookish.com (No. 4)

Recently I was doing some digital cleanup, and I discovered I’d set up an IFTTT recipe last year that sent every tweet I made, excluding @replies, to a spreadsheet in Google Drive.

And then I remembered why I’d done this.

You see, way back in 2009 (yes, 2009!!), I’d started a new feature here on the blog: From the Haphazard Twitter Files of MsBookish.com. The point of the feature was to post all the links I’d tweeted in the past week. I published the first edition of the feature on May 29, 2009, the second edition on February 16, 2010 and the third edition on March 1, 2010. And then … I kind of stopped.

But in May of 2014, I must have thought about reviving this feature, because that’s when I set up the IFTTT recipe. I know this because the first entry in the spreadsheet is dated May 17, 2014. And then I kind of forgot about The Haphazard Twitter Files again. Until I realized I had the IFTTT recipe running all this time.

So I thought, since I’ve been recording this data anyway, I might as well do what I’d been thinking about doing last year, and start posting this feature again. Yes, it’s definitely taken me a while, but here it is. Welcome to the Haphazard Twitter Files of MsBookish.com!

Here are the links I tweeted this week, from January 9 to January 15, not including links to my own stuff here on the blog or on Tumblr. (In tweets where I neglected to introduce the link with some words of my own – bad tweeting habit! – I’ve included commentary in brackets after the link.)


Much better than letting everything accumulate in my inbox: The Five Cardinal Rules of Email Productivity


I’m going to try this! The New Habit Challenge: Optimize Your Sleep For More Creative Thinking

A wonderful read: 6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them #creativity

Starting the Creative Life Afresh (a great read on coming back to a creative life)

Writing and Journaling

Seven Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems #amwriting

I really like this idea of a Snippets Journal! The Snippets Journal Begins #artjournal #journaling

Noteworthy Authors Writing Longhand #amwriting

Great read on collecting papers for your journal What About All of That Paper? #journaling

Bookish Things

Yes. Long live the ebook – it’s a champion of the printed word

Cressida Cowell is fired up by the joy of words (an interview with author Cressida Cowell)

Big list of 2015 releases: Mind-Blowing Science Fiction And Fantasy Books To Watch Out For In 2015

RT @florinda_3rs: All hail your new time-waster, via @TheMarySue “The Princess Bride Is Now a Mobile Game, as You Wish(ed)”

This looks like an interesting app: E-reading app Addr: when annotation’s what you need…

:) 27 Hilarious Literary Corrections That Will Ruin Your Trust In The Media (very funny, some of these!)

Harry Potter: new edition, new look for Ron, Hagrid, Hermione and Malfoy (can we say, booklust?)

Words From the Past Illuminate a Station on the Way to Freedom  (about the notebook of abolistionist editor Sydney Howard Gay labeled Record of Fugitives and other documents author Eric Foner used as research for his book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad)

Spirit and Mindfulness

Love this: Thriving Is All About Enjoying the Process Purposefully

Frédéric Gros: why going for a walk is the best way to free your mind (I put his book on my TBR)

Small things do make a difference! 8 Scientifically-Backed Ways That You Can Choose To Be Happy


A perfect way to start the year! The War of Art #Giveaway

Great giveaway at TIF TALKS BOOKS! GIVEAWAY: Candlewick Top Picks (chance to win a 6-pack of YA books from Candlewick)

(Update: Jill at Rhapsody in Books is also offering the same great giveaway so if you want a second chance to win a six-pack of YA  books from Candlewick, click here – I just tweeted it today, but her giveaway will end before my next Haphazard Twitter Files post, so I wanted to add it to this one.)

Hmmm. It looks like I’ve been quite busy on Twitter lately! And if I’m going to start posting this feature regularly, I’d better start remembering to consistently add commentary when I tweet a link …

By the way, click here to follow me on Twitter if you’re not and would like to. And if you’re interested in setting up an IFTTT recipe to send your tweets to a spreadsheet on Google Drive, this is the one I’ve been using – but I see that it sends ALL my tweets to my spreadsheet, excluding @replies, so I’m going to give this one a try, as it sends just the tweets that contain links.

From the Haphazard Twitter Files of Ms. Bookish (Edition No. 1)

twitterimage This has been my first full week “back” on Twitter, and so far so good – it’s been a lot of fun, I’ve met a lot of great people, and best of all, I’m learning new things. Including the fact that I have a disturbing tendency to use a lot of exclamation marks when I’m confined to 140 characters (I don’t think I want to know what this implies about my writing style …)

But anyway, I like to put everything to good use, so I thought I’d play around with this new series that I am tentatively entitling “What I Learned on Twitter This Week” “From the Haphazard Twitter Files of Ms. Bookish”.

(I’m writing this as a draft post that I’ll be adding to all week, so I might come up with a snazzier title, but my brain has been on overload for a while now so probably not. So, okay, maybe this new title’s not snazzier, but I quite like it. Anyone ever read From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? Loved that book when I was a kid!

Here’s what I picked up this week on Twitter – they aren’t all “bookish” but they’ve enriched my life nevertheless.

  • How to get hold of quotes when you’re reviewing the audiobook version. BethF (@bethfishreads) gave me this great piece of advice: use the “search inside” feature at Amazon or Barnes & Noble to look for specific quotes.
  • So, what if you haven’t actually read the book? How to lie about books is a must read. It’s hilarious – I was laughing out loud all the way through – and the tips might actually work (the kitten one, definitely – oh, and the one about Dune, too). And remember: “There’s no shame in lying about what you’ve read. There’s only shame in getting caught. Then you look like a doofus, and an illiterate one at that. And there are few things upon which the literate world heaps more scorn than doofi.” Via @greybon
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Haven’t read the book, but now I want to read it AND see the movie. (Although Rebecca tells me the book doesn’t actually feature an inventor. Still, looks like fun.) Via @imlostinbooks
  • Maybe I should be getting an MP3 player. I know, I know. I love my iPod. But if there’s a way to do a little rewinding on it, I sure don’t know how. But I can do this with an MP3 player – which is exactly what I need.
  • A Twitter television series. Is the world really ready for a Twitter TV series? It boggles my mind when I start thinking of the scripts and characters … But as it turns out, it’s not exactly what it sounds like.
  • Book adaptations on the big screen. Ten books to read before they hit the big screen – interesting to see what Hollywood considers good movie material. Via @laurengibaldi
  • And speaking of which: 13 book to film adaptations the authors hated – complete with the trailers! Via @LJBookReview
  • No more overdue books! (Or at least, that’s the hope …). Library Elf sends out overdue and pre-due notices via email, and luckily my library is supported. I am beyond thrilled about this. I had a little bit of a problem setting up my account, and then I used the username I use to log-in to my library, rather than my library card number, and it worked! Via @Vasilly.
  • Free audiobook downloads. You get to download Merrano of the Dry Country, by Louis L’Amour, Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House book) and The Sword of Hades, by Percy Jackson, all in audio, if you sign up for the Random House Audio newsletter. Via @randomhouse.
  • Writers on writers. Videos of writers Salmon Rushdie, John Grisham, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan and David Foster Wallce talking about different aspects of writing: Writers on Writing collection. Via @randomhouse.

So far so good. I’ll have to see where Twittering takes me, but it’s been a fun week so far.