Okay, Facebook, take me away. I know there are comments to like, videos to laugh at, statuses to respond to. Twitter? Where are you? Surely there’s a compelling tweet I must read now. And favorite. And share! Sharing tweets is so neighborly. And I am in the mood to be neighborly.
I have to write a blog post. I don’t feel like writing a blog post. I’d rather be chatting with friends, exchanging witty repartee on Facebook. Come to me, social media! I need the distraction!
As long as there have been writers, there have been, I assume, distractions. And the need to resist them. Was it Mark Twain who said something about writing being the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair?
Wait a minute.…
Ahh. According to GoodReads.com, it was, in fact Mary Heaton Vorse who said, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” And yes, I looked it up. Just not in the mood to write right now.
Huh. I always thought it was Mark Twain. Who, then, was Mary Heaton Vorse?
Wait a minute….
Ahh. The link in GoodReads lists her as a “Libertarian socialist, labor advocate, suffragist, feminist.” She lived in New York from 1874 to 1966. Troubling times, sure enough. She certainly had enough to advocate for. And yes, I took a moment to tweet the link to her quote on Twitter. And to post it to Facebook.
You, too, might be looking for an interesting distraction from writing.