Twitter Is The New CB Radio!

My father recently commented about Facebook & Twitter as being a waste of time. I pondered his statement.

CB Radio from Wikipedia

CB Radio- like the one my father had in the 1970's.

 “Gee, Dad. What was that “thing” you yacked on non-stop during my childhood in the 1970’s. That “thing” in the living room that blared loud voices at all hours of the night and you leaped over furniture to grab the mouthpiece that was attached to a bungee cord & radio set. Not to mention the 40×20 metal frame antenna eyesore that was erected at the top of a telephone pole on our front lawn. Remember the flack we took from the neighbors at such a spectacle?”

Yes, it is true. Twitter has become the CB (Citizen’s Band) Radio of the future. Back then, users went by handles- much like our Twitter names today. My Twitter name is @redheadnews for example. In the 1970’s, my father made friends with people all around the United States & Canada- perhaps even beyond that! The radio was popular with long haul truckers, too.

Today, I have an interesting “Twitter Family” with friends such as @mist_writer, @PrudenceMacLeod, @TinaBoscha, @BRandleas, & @Clive_SJohnson…to name only a few. While I have a few thousand followers, there are only a few that I keep regular tabs on. Would that be acceptable socialized stalking? -I ponder yet again.

If my new character Molly Watkins had a Twitter handle, I surmise it would be something like @takenocrap or @womanincharge. She will make her debut in just a few days, so we can ask her when the time arrives.

So you see, Dad, the more things change the more they really stayed the same! -Minus that ostentatious monster gadget on our front lawn!

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The Inspiration For “Molly Watkins”

I’d been writing a lot of “serious” stuff when the inspiration for The Molly Watkins Chronicles hit me from out of the blue. Instantly I knew that I had to write about her.

On August 17, 2011…we lost our beautiful yellow lab, Molly Mae Watkins. She was a ripe eleven years old and full of personality. My children- as well as myself- were devastated. At the time, I pushed my grief to the back of my mind and carried on- through the days, weeks, holidays, etc.

Then one day…I thought about her. I realized that I could make myself feel better if I put pen to paper (okay, words on computer) and expressed my feelings by telling stories about Molly- if she had been a human.

Molly had spunk! She didn’t care if the other three dogs wanted her treat or if they wanted to be in her “spot”. Her disposition was always good; a free spirit. Of course, she was adamant about getting that treat in the first place:) She’d bark to remind you to toss her a bone or to get her a fresh bowl of water. . She didn’t care for car rides. Simple, basic things made her happy, like having her ears scratched or chasing a ball.

We miss Molly a lot. But at least I can revisit some of her “dog days” by creating a character that reminds me of the joy she brought to our lives in those eleven short years:)

Molly Watkins is a series of steampunk novellas and the main character, Molly Watkins, will have some fun adventures- just like my Molly did.

I miss you, Molly Watkins!