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i follow people on twitter because that's what every good stalker does. first.

Twitter lets me be who I really am. Anonymous.


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what people think I do #8

"You're a writer," he said. "That means you're unemployed." 


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i read my tweets to see what i'm up to

When you're posting on Facebook about your tweeting habit, there is no 12 step program for that.


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what people think I do

Courtesy of @laurenfromtexas, via Twitter:

"Best job description ever. 'What do you do?' 'Who, me? Oh, I jam words together in exchange for money.'"

Be sure to check her out online: http://laurenfromtexas.com

DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. Unlike me and all my pantsless ramblings.


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I don't know why you say hello I say goodbye

I’m very well connected.

Which is to say, I don’t have Obama’s Blackberry number or anything, but there are approximately 300 different ways to contact me at any time of the day or night, regardless of where I may be in the Universe. My Nexus One alone grants me vast connectivity super powers undreamt of by mortal man.

Here’s the thing …

I hate talking on the phone. HATE. IT. This isn’t a new thing for me. Practically since birth I have absolutely dreaded making “official” phone calls, and I have avoided lengthy conversations with all but my closest friends and family members.

This started off as a practical aversion. When phones were tethered to the wall by short, spiraled, constantly-tangled cords, I hated being chained to one spot all the time. So in our house, we had one of those un-Godly long (spiraled, tangled) cords that let you get from the kitchen to the sofa, tripping up anyone who dared walked behind you.

When we graduated to a cordless phone, I marveled at the ability to move around the house, with only a sudden burst of static to let me know when I had reached my boundaries. And as cordless phones improved, I was happy to go for longer and longer jaunts. I dreamt of the day when I could have a phone that let me be anywhere, just so I wouldn’t have to stay locked in place.

And now that dream has become an uber reality! I can be anywhere in the world and be on the phone! My roaming range has extended to nearly every corner of the Earth! I have achieved phone synergy! And I hate it.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m a WRITER. I like to spew words onto a page and sit back as they do all the work of communicating for me. I can tappity-tappity on my keyboardy and then send my thoughts out into the universe, for all to absorb. If what I’m saying makes no sense, or if I read it and think, “I can say that better, and with fewer swear words directed at the Pope,” then I can change what I wrote before it does irreparable damage.

Not so with the phone! Every word out of my mouth is unfiltered and unedited. I’m constantly spewing bells I can’t unring.

Now that I can get voicemails instantly translated into e-mails and send 911 calls as text messages I really can’t see a need to use icky analog vocal comms anymore. I think I’ll boycott them, phase them out. From now on, it’s texting and e-mail and maybe that Facetime thing every now and then. It’s tweets and FB status updates (how come there’s no cutesy term for that?). LinkedIn, Google Buzz, blogging, YouTube, Vimeo, Skype … jeez, I hadn’t even realized how many ways I have to NOT talk to someone.

I’m leaving for Europe in six days. This is as good a time as any to experiment with ditching traditional phone service and sticking with all-digital, mostly text-based stuff. If I survive, I will write the entire harrowing tale. If not, I’ll tweet about it. #sendhelp


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I made Steve Martin laugh

My work on your world is done. I am ready to ascend to the stars and bring pop-culture-related joy to the alien masses of distant galaxies.

This came on the heels of what I'm calling "a damned good day," at least digital-wise.

For the past couple of weeks I've been in talks with a SciFi celebrity TO BE NAMED LATER who has shown solid interest in recording Citadel: First Colony for the Audible.com release. That's cool, nay I say awesome, and I'll be making The Big Announcement(TM) when I have more to share.

Also yesterday I got kudos from Seth Godin over yesterday's blog entry. He also said that our ideas weren't quite the same, but I think that's just cover. Don't worry, Seth! We're cool! No lawsuits over intellectual property either way, right? Right?

Yeah, we're cool.

But it was a random comment to Steve Martin that gave me the biggest ego boost of the day. He was saying something about his iPhone syncing slowly. I wrote that my iPhone syncs slowly too, but mostly because it's actually the cardboard display from Best Buy. So it's still faster than the real thing.

Badump-bump.

Now, his response takes a bit of interpretation, but I'm going with "he laughed." Because, dammit, I want this as a win. He wrote:

@kevintumlinson Nice.

Eh? Eh?!? Laughter. I sense it. So do you. DO NOT DENY ME THIS MOMENT.

I even showed up on his website:

Steve Martin totally digs me.

See it? Right there under "Twitter." PROOF.

He's gonna take me to the Oscars, I just know it.

Now if only I could stop automatically typing his name as "Steve Marting." I don't know what that's about. Damned robot fingers have minds of their own.


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