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Are there other writers you ‘stalk’ on social media? Who and why?


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I don’t follow celebrities very often. Once in a while, I wonder what ever happened to an actor I used to like and I’ll google them, but generally, I don’t have any google alerts for celebrities. I have other things to do. I don’t seek them out on social media.


For a long time, my one exception was the comedian Christopher Titus. He was a funny guy in his performances and equally hysterical in his social media interactions. Unfortunately, Donald Trump destroyed him. He does a periodic podcast that is painful to watch. It starts with the Great Orange is evil, dwells on “the Great Orange” did this (6, 5, 4, 3, 2 years ago), and then slams a Great Orange sighting. The Great Orange has not been president for two years now. Could you find another topic that’s actually funny? Chris, I loved your rants about your family, your ex-wife, and the human condition. You managed to treat sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in a humorous way. I didn’t mind if you threw in an occasional political insight. When Trump was running in 2016, you were mildly funny on the topic and I expected you to move on after the election, but you just kept focusing on rage rather than jokes. A steady six-year diet of “hate Donald Trump” has gotten stale. Meanwhile, Biden is just the sort of person you used to eviscerate hilariously and you never deal with it. There’s nothing to distinguish you from the majority of comedians not being funny and I’m sorry you’re one of them. I no longer watch you and I wish you were still worth stalking. If you insist on focusing on politics, go back and review some of your hero Johnny Carson’s monologues. He knew how to tell jokes about politicians that made both their opponents and supporters laugh. Frankly, though, you should find some human condition topic and let fly. Do what you excel at and I might stalk you again.

My current exception is probably the fantasy author Kate Elliott, aka Alis Rasmussen. Not only does she write great books, but she actually interacts with her readers via Twitter and I love her insights about her characters and the plots they live through. She even managed to make a romantic cyberpunk hold my attention for three books in part because she threw little bits of trivia out on Twitter that created intrigue for the next book. I admit, her young adult novels don’t interest me, but that’s just a matter of taste. I still like her Twitter interactions and her book set to publish this spring The Keeper’s Six looks like vintage Elliott worth reading.

So now you know what gets my attention.

Posted January 30, 2023 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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