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I have banged on about Twitter and Pinterest here as well as, in my last post, Spotify – all great tools for sharing work, ideas, pictures and sounds within a community.  I have recently begun to dabble in Tumblr, a micro-blog site that lets you add all of the above.  So, why the need for another social network, you may ask.  Is this yet another ploy to avoid writing?

No, I earnestly answer.  The writing is going fine, thanks for asking – have topped 100K for the second draft of the second book (but who’s counting? Oh, yes, I am) and happily writing may way toward the end of the war.  And what Tumblr offers is a space for “less” writing, as it were, than a blog.  Here, you expect text.  Here, sometimes the photos are a bit wonky, a bit hit-and-miss.  Tumblr is fast.  It isn’t a space for blogging.  It’s for little thoughts, little ideas, little pictures, things that don’t merit a post, ragged bits of things that are flying about in the jumble of my head.  If you’d like to have a visit, click here for my Tumblr and see what’s there.  It’s called The Victory Stitch.

Are you listening?

There are lots of ways to connect with people through social media. Writing can be a lonely old slog now and then, particularly in that gap of time between when you want to dance round the room at having received fresh galley proofs of your first novel and the deadline for your second. I’ll admit, I often look for ways to escape.

One is through Twitter, where you can be as social as you like. You can listen in on great conversations, follow streams of thought or word games with hashtags, or you can connect with lots of other writers, also heads down at their desks or, like you, seeking escape. Today on Twitter, I announced a new playlist for Amity & Sorrow, a great idea from my publicist at Tinder Press. I write to music; I probably use it as a form of self-hypnosis, if I’m honest. I haven’t put the tracks I actually wrote Amity & Sorrow to, tempting as it was, for fear of hypnotising all of you. No, on this Spotify playlist there are songs that, I hope, conjure up the feelings of the two sisters, Amity and Sorrow. You’ll have to guess which song is which sister’s.  And if you want to win a galley of Amity & Sorrow, follow Tinder Press on Twitter with the book’s hashtag, #godsexfarming (Sorry – UK only!)

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