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Online and Offline Worlds Collide

I’m not what you would call an extrovert, at least not in person. That’s probably one reason I’m drawn to the Internet and writing.  Online, through my blog or on social networks like twitter, things are different. It’s not that I’m hiding, but there is some sort of barrier, some sort of separation or comfort zone for me. Behind my computer screen people don’t know how uncool I am and believe me, I’m pretty uncool.

I can tell a joke or share a link with some amazing people online. I can have conversations and these amazing people will converse back. It’s kind of cool, which makes me feel kind of cool.

But what happens when the online world crosses into the offline world. That’s what happened to me today when Erica Ehm, founder of the Yummy Mummy Club (@yummymummyclub) wanted to talk to me about my writing, on the phone. I read the e-mail twenty times and each time I felt my pulse quicken. I mean we’re talking Erica Ehm, from Much Music fame.

I remember watching her on TV, talking to musicians like they were her best friends (some may have been). I mean, she’s like a celebrity to me. And now she wanted to talk to me. No wonder I was a little anxious.

I paced back and forth thinking about the email. Then I thought about a post Caroline from ParentClub (@parentclub) made about stepping outside your comfort zone and taking risks. And really, what’s the worse thing that could happen over the phone. Erica Ehm might discover my dark secret; she might discover how uncool I really am.

But I did it, I called. And you know what she’s really nice. I didn’t expect her to be nasty but somehow I just envisioned her being different, more celebrity like. She was personable and casual and cool. It was a great call and I think I kept my secret intact. That is until the moment comes where I get to meet her in person. Then the pacing and hyperventilating will probably start over again.

Twittering

I’ve been playing catch-up with my poem’s for the Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day competition. Yesterday’s prompt was to write a poem based on a hobby. Since I seem to spend so much time on twitter lately, I thought I could classify that as one of my hobbies.  And writing a poem about twitter, I of course had to try and write each line within 140 character limit. So here it goes:

 

twittering

 

i sit quietly in front of my glowing computer screen, reading, replying & typing messages to friends & strangers only known by screen names.

 

i condense my thinking, remove unwanted words like pronouns. does my meaning get lost? do you understand what i am saying in 140 characters?

 

if i follow you, will you then follow me? tweet me a reply and i will retweet it to others. others who follow me and may then follow you too

Tweet this

I work from home. I don’t miss rushing out the door to get the kids to daycare before my client meeting, which gets cancelled five minutes after it’s suppose to start, so the creative and technical team are pissed — at me, then it’s rescheduled for 5pm, which I can’t make so I try teleconferencing in but my phone battery dies halfway through the call…Well you get the idea.

If there is one thing I miss from working in the office and don’t really get from my home office set-up, I’d have to say the chatter. Not the noise, I can use a radio for that. No, it’s the casual chit-chat with people in the office. Exchanging a joke, an update or sometimes nothing of real substance at all. It’s fun and a break from work.

Then I found twitter. To be honest, it’s more likely I found via some other mom’s blog (‘cuz as you know from one of my previous post I just don’t live up to the standards that other moms set). Curious, I joined. Hey, this is what I was talking about, what I was missing at home, pure idle chit-chat; the exchange of ideas. I can pop in and out whenever I want. There’s always someone there willing to share. A tip on how to get my kids to eat veggies. A joke about cows. An link to an interesting article.

One such article that was posted bySharon DeVellis (of the YummyMummyClub.ca) intrigued me  – Twitter for writers http://www.theglobeandmail….

I love writing, that’s why I started blogging to begin with. The idea of trying to write something creative within the 140 character limit of twitter was a challenge I couldn’t pass up. It’s almost like one of those creative writing exercise you had to do in school. So I tried:

Before sticking the knife in he read the micetype, ‘artificial flavouring’. He dropped the jam on the floor and ran from the room screaming.

Ruff. She had to pee. Ruff. She scratched at the door trying to get out. He looked at her and sighed, ‘For the last time, you’re not a dog,’

She moved the pencil gracefully along the bottom rim of her eye. First the right. Then the left. RED LIGHT. Screech. She slammed the breaks.

Finally quiet. Warm mug in her hand. Sigh. A big sip. A voice. ‘Mom, where’s my science project? Urine sample? Sitting on counter?’ MMUPHHH!

I found it much harder than I thought. Some are good. Some not so good. Some pure crap. But I enjoyed it. It was fun. Give it a try and see what you come up with. And if you happen to see one of mine, let me know: Good, Not So Good, or Crap (that’s okay, I can take it).