A lot of people curse the internet.
I actually love it (most of the time). I distinctly remember how it used to take DAYS to hunt down some obscure item the old-fashioned way: Looking in newspaper classifieds, calling dozens of shops via the telephone company’s Yellow Pages… Or asking around in hopes that a friend or two might know where to steer you. It was all so time-consuming. Now I can find a plastic part for my Mom’s 1973 food chopper (the one she REFUSES to get rid of) on eBay in about 3 minutes.
Still, with all my love for the eBays, Amazons and other ways to hook up straight with the manufacturers or sellers of obscure treasures… I totally DISLIKED the idea of Twitter– even though I freely admitted when I was slamming it that I’d never used it. Maybe it was my unnatural hatred for all things that Paris Hilton seemed to fancy (I recently crossed wanting a FERRARI off my list because she bought one)… Either way, I never gave Twitter a fair chance.
Then Inveterate Media Junkies happened and Twitter was a necessity to get the word out. Still is. On most days, when Jose and I tweet heavily– the site can get an extra couple thousand hits just from Twitter– mainly because the members of the IMJ Nation so steadfastly and kindly retweet our messages. (Special Thanks to ALL TIME GREATEST IMJ Nation “Retweeter” PhilBetaGamma.)
It’s helped that Twitter evolved too. People who insisted on detailing every centimeter of their movements have been replaced by lots of fun people who genuinely try to be entertaining and smart. And Twitter is how I discovered the fantastic talent and wit of IMJ’s latest columnist— the super smart, funny, extremely engaging author HEIDI RUBY MILLER. Then I told Jose about her. And we started retweeting lots of Heidi’s great tweets… And that led us to her fabulous blog.
I finally got a chance to email Heidi and tell her all about Jose and I, about Inveterate Media Junkies… About the greatly support we get from the IMJ Nation™… And I asked her to write a monthly column for us.
And she accepted!
How lucky are we, huh?
Not only did she accept but she came back with TONS of wonderful ideas… NONE of which I am going to share here because they are just too good to let out of the bag prematurely. I’d rather every one of you just see them come to fruition. Inveterate Media Junkies is moving into exciting times– and Heidi’s a big part of all that. Jose and I would really appreciate it if every member of the IMJ Nation would extend a warm welcome to Heidi too! Look for her the first article for her new monthly column– Heidi Ruby Miller’s Geek Girl Underground– next week!
Heidi Ruby Miller has been putting too much sex in her Science Fiction since 2005 because she believes the relationship is as important as the adventure. She loves high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel, loud music, and video games. Heidi also teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and her novel Ambasadora was her thesis there.
She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for a Frank Lloyd Wright house.
You can read her author interview series at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.
She lives near Pittsburgh with her writer husband, Jason Jack Miller.