Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Life fails and twitter

If you're a reader of this blog, you know my life is a long series of fails.

The highlight my last weekend was The Phineas and Ferb movie (which was freaking amazing).

But it was also loaded with fails most notably I was in Victoria Secret with my hands full of underwear during an after hours super sale when I heard someone call my name.  It was a former student.  Yeah.  That's the exact reason WHY I went to the after hours sale, so I wouldn't run into any students.

Oh the pitfalls of being a teacher.

Yes, life is a long series of fails.  That's what makes the perks that much better.

Now adays we take our fails and our wins to the internet, as proof of this blog.

And everyone is entitled to internet fails, posting a comment that shouldn't be shared.  Mistakes happen.  That's fine.

As a teacher I never mention my students by name.  EVER.  I have taught nearly 1500 kids and my descriptions of them is always vague.  The student I met with my hands full of underwear could be any of the 1500 students, I didn't say gender, a physical description or even how old the student was.  I also didn't say anything negative about the student either.

Why? Because it's super unprofessional!  Teachers can lose their jobs over saying the wrong things. And I won't get into any discussion about double standards or morality codes or anything like that.

That being said, as a writer we are told time and time again, don't publish your query stats, don't talk about your query process on your blog and most importantly don't bash agents on your blog.

I agree.  It's very bad for business and quite frankly it makes you look like a downer and a whiner too.

However I've noticed on twitter that some agents aren't following the same rule.  Now this could be ME over analizing their comments because that's what I do.  But I've noticed some comments who seem directed towards one query or one writer and it's not exactly positive.

But every time I read a post from an agent I think, "is she/he talking about me?  Did I do that? I did, didn't I?"  I am in fact that ego driven I assume every tweet is about me.  Which logically I know can't be the case, but the problem is the tweet is about someone. 

Sure we all snicker at query fails.

We all shake our heads at newbie's mistakes.

But it's easy to forget that the newbie doesn't know any better, and that we were all newbie's once.

Believe me, I totally understand the silly frustration of an agent's job, I mean,  I'm a teacher after all.

That's one of the reasons why I'm not outraged or screaming at the top of lungs and using all caps in this blog post.  I get it.  I really do.

I've started to unfollow agents.  No hard feelings.  I'm just clicking the unfollow button. That's all. 

I'm not about to stop using twitter, how else am I going to avoid writing my book?

Life is full of fails, the important thing is to learn from them.

I am going to be buying all my underwear online from now on.


  1. Well said. I've noticed agent comments I felt shouldn't have been displayed online. I'm just glad I wasn't querying them.

  2. Agree about the negative agent remarks! I've always wondered if they were talking about me, too. And YES--I totally get the awkward moments of being a teacher & seeing your students out and about. I saw one of mine when I was wearing a really, really short skirt...

  3. Hi, Erinn. My wife is a teacher who works out of town (15 minutes away). We tried to coax her into taking a job in town, but she said that she was worried about having a parent/teacher conference each time she went to the grocery store, Post Office, etc. She didn't mention Victoria's Secret, but I'm sure it was in there somewhere.
    Take care.