What? Abandoning the social networks? Me? For those of you who know me--yes, I hear your scepticism. For those of you who don't--trust me, for me to talk about abandoning Twitter and Facebook is like a chocoholic abandoning all cocoa products. So why would I do it?
Well, in the Twitter world, there is a thing known as #goingdark. This signals that one will not be around for a while--and usually, if a writer uses it, it means that they are going into self-imposed purdah to work on a project, to edit, to think. In short, to do what writers do best--create.
Nicola Morgan's wonderful, witty and eminently useful and sensible guide to using Twitter. It's called Tweet Right and if any of you were thinking of venturing into that particular corner of the social networking playground, I'd strongly advise reading it before doing so. Now that I AM back, I've signed up to be one of Nicola's Twitter Angels. So if any of you want to come and see what it's all about, I'll be happy to help and advise. You can find me at @lucycoats. Unless I've gone dark again. In which case, you won't.
* a whole month is a LONG time for one who Tweets and Facebooks much more than she probably should each day.
Lucy's latest series Greek Beasts and Heroes is out now from Orion Children's Books