Amatopia makes a great case for abandoning social media altogether:
Remember: many of these big tech companies are in bed with politicians and act at their behest, or have the cash to influence these politicians to vote for stuff that benefits big tech.
He has a point, but I’m not quite ready to completely cut the umbilical. There’s a fair few communities out there that have backup contingency plans for when the big hammer falls, but for now these places are the de facto public square. Conservatives tucked tail and slunk out of the meat space public square of entertainment, and I’m not quite ready to yield the field to the left just yet. Not while there remain noses to tweak and real-time conversations to help me understand how to improve my writing and storycraft.
That said, I’ve stepped back away from it a bit to refocus here and on my writing. It’s a lot easier to avoid the time sink when you feel the heavy hand of the muses pressing against your back. Man are they pressing me these days – the writing of my latest book has rocketed up into the stratosphere – this one’s a blatant throwback to the pulp era with all sorts of the usual tricks stirred together with more contemporary world-building and the over-the-top fantasy stylings that make this novel as much a mystery as an action piece, and holy cats did Cirsova set me straight on how to produce a legitimate pulp love triangle.
More as it develops, if you just can’t wait, here’s a taste of what to expect: