Why I Am on Tumblr.

This week, I did it: I took the Tumbl.

I often feel the need to justify decisions like this, even if it’s only to myself - YOU HAVE WRITING TO DO! WHY ARE YOU FRAKKING AROUND WITH GIFS OF PUPPIES IN SWINGS AND HORROR MOVIE SCENES REPLAYING INTO INFINITY???!?

So here’s why.

Last week, I had coffee with my agent for the first time. Which was amazing. Because she is amazing. I mentioned that I found it hard to find time to blog, since what little writing time I can claim for myself is typically taken up with the actual prose, the writing and the editing of short stories or my novel.

She suggested that I get on Tumblr.

Now, I’ve been told at least a dozen times before that Tumblr is awesome and I need to drop everything and GET WITH THE PROGRAM RIGHT AWAY. Here’s why it made a difference this time:

Right before that, I had been at Barnes & Noble on Union Square North, browsing the YA section, and there was this group of young women, 15-16 years old, talking loudly and excitedly about their favorite books, and their passion for and encyclopedic knowledge of books was really contagious, and a reminder of where I want to be as a writer and a reader, and how differently a teenager experiences a book from how an adult does. And every sentence ended in Tumblr.
Tumblr, it seemed, was a place where people went to talk about and share and learn about the things they loved.

And I love a lot of things.*

To probably-misquote my agent: “It’s not so much about you as a writer sharing your process and your perspective with readers. It’s about you as a person sharing things you like with other people who might like them too.”

Well, that I can get behind. So thank you, nameless girls who love reading and Tumblr, and thanks, agent.

And now I’m on Tumblr. And of course, just like with Twitter, because some OTHER Sam J Miller already took my name, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE POSTED LIKE ONE THING EVER, I had to go with something else. So I’msentencebender. Just like on Twitter.

I’m not going to abandon this blog. I’ll still have lots to say, INCLUDING weekly check-ins on the most awesome stuff I’ve Tumbld, but different platforms call for different content, so I’ll be doing different stuff here than I do on Tumblr, or Twitter, or Facebook.

See you there!

- Sam J M

* Some of the things I love, in no particular order: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Battlestar Galactica, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Neuromancer & Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, Beethoven, Castlevania, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Chocolate War, sexy men with or without clothes on, Metroid, Mega Man, Zora Neale Hurston, Virginia Woolf, Ted Chiang, The Hunger Games trilogy, His Dark Materials, Susan Sontag, Will Grayson/Will Grayson by David Levithan & John Green, Whitney Houston, everything by Octavia Butler, Cloud Atlas, Anna Karenina, Godzilla, Donna Summer, Alfred Hitchcock, Candyman, The Twilight Zone, Sergei Eisenstein, Macbeth, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, US-China relations, Richard Avedon, the Great Gatsby, everything James Baldwin ever wrote, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bette Davis, Fritz Lang, King Kong, Orson Welles, Ennio Morricone, Sergio Leone, Carl-Theodor Dreyer, liberation struggles throughout history, Yasujiro Ozu, Madonna, Marlene Dietrich, Smokey Robinson, The Crystals, The Ronettes, Fugazi, Sade, PJ Harvey, Double Dragon 2, Dragon Warrior 3, Adrienne Rich, Federico Garcia Lorca, Greta Garbo, Jane Eyre, Kenji Mizoguchi, Anno Dracula, everything Sigourney Weaver has ever been in, Dziga Vertov, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Babel, Du Fu, Ninja Gaiden, NES, SNES, Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis, Jackie Brown by Quentin Tarantino, dinosaurs, sharks, science fiction & fantasy in general, Dorothea Lange, A Separate Peace, Civilization & Its Discontents, The Brothers Karamazov, Julio Cortazar, Jean Genet, Alan Hollinghurst, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Spike Lee, Roman Polanski, Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, AI, The Clash, Johnny Cash, The Pixies Nirvana, Israel/Palestine, coffee, tea, SO MUCH MORE.

“My problem is that all things are increasingly interesting to me” - William Gibson.

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