July 18

It’s two weeks since I de-twittered. What a strange couple of weeks. I’ve read several articles about social media’s addictiveness, how it molds its users, changing their identity.

Of course, everyone believes it doesn’t happen to them. Same way no-one believes advertising is effective in their case. This, of course, is not true. If advertising was ineffective companies would not pour millions into promoting, or having specialist companies promote, their products. The truth is we are all affected by the things we interact with, whether we realise it, accept it, it or not. And our personality, as well as our level of interaction, determines to what extent we are affected.

For me, social media is not a healthy thing to be around or to become addicted to. Having removed it I feel the urges to respond to news or snippets in the way my brain has become used to, that snippy, hopefully witty, or insightful epithet or rejoinder. What I’ve realised is how limiting that is to the overall thought process. Having flashed a response and communicated it to the world the matter was sidelined, no further thought or consideration. Now I find myself taking longer to think about a story, about its ramifications and potential impact. So that’s all good.

On the writing front I’m part way through revision of a 1k word story written for the Codex Flash – Saviour of the Universe 2018 competition. No details, as we write under pseudonyms during the competition period. However, From a base story of just under one thousand words, I’m up to about 1700. I need to finish it asap – the next round starts on Friday.

Also, I’m still mid-story with my return to the cycle of US state stories. Tennessee is the target of the tale and I have the full story arc sketched out. It should have been written by now, but holidays and the competition above have got in the way. Still, it’s good to have things bubbling away.

My ME is playing havoc with my sleep patterns at the moment. A few hours here, some overnight, a couple in the afternoon. I’m not sure if it’s been amplified by the muggy evenings, but it’s frustrating.

With regard to the weather, how great is this heat? So delicious!

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