- Katherine Mansfield, "The Woman At The Store" (1911)
2012 was a marathon for me (lit festival; novel; MFA; my last year in 3 MFA-affiliated jobs), and bittersweet, personally, as it’s likely my last year in Amherst, but exhilarating, and dissonant to have that against the persistently nasty tone of political news, and the periodic horrors outside the Valley.
The corner of the Internet I know best has changed a lot this year; many people are blogging less, and finishing or soon to publish books; many writers already with books have joined Tumblr. It seems to me that a year ago one was more likely to find people who favored Tumblr or Twitter; now—and I find myself posting this way—there’s more platform jumping, depending on posts. More sustainable for both platforms, probably; more resilient against blogger fatigue. For community, different.
I’m really curious what the long-term consensus, and, hopefully, verifiable findings, will be on social media’s influence on Obama’s reelection. It seemed to me, live-tweeting, watching spin room falsehoods fall, at least in the echo chamber I was in, that the difference from previous elections was seismic.
Just this last week I started writing short stories again for the first time in nearly a year. I find my sentences breaking, my sense of stories’ shapes shadowing out differently than they have before.
2012 arrived with so many ridiculous associations (#mayans), so many real hopes and fears (#election2012). 2013? Likely, it’s only the wind at my back of personal endings, and relief at the election outcome, but I feel hopeful, generally, as I haven’t since starting this Tumblr. Fingers crossed. Happy 2013!