I like people. I love plants. Here is the difference: Plants never bore or exhaust me. More to the point, I never bore or exhaust myself with my own chatter when I'm face to face with a plant.
So I wrote a book about this idea, which will be published on February 15. Writing it was a completely delightful experience.
We'll see whether selling it is equally enjoyable. Since I am publishing this book in the modern world, no passivity is allowed. I am supposed to employ the full force of social media for its benefit.
Writing books, I am discovering, is a sociability test.
Which is, of course, highly ironic, as I'm sure umpteen people have already pointed out.
People only become writers because they are not as smart as they want to be in social situations and tend to think up the good remarks after the fact, alone in their rooms with their laptops. People who are really great on their feet become politicians or television anchors or college professors.
Which I suppose is the genius of social media. Facebook, Twitter, and blogs allow forethought, calculation, and some degree of revision to the self-presentation…as well as genuine interaction.
I would rate myself a 6 out of 10 on the sociability scale: Love a party, especially if you let me get a little dressed up! Love Garden Rant! Love the friends I've made by blogging!
And now, thanks to Sasha Smith, Rodale's delightful social media expert, I LOVE Twitter! My husband says I am spending too much time on Twitter. Undoubtedly. But it's as much fun as Page Six! And you don't just get the gossip for five minutes in the morning. It lasts all day long.
Apparently, I'm not done with Twitter and Garden Rant.
I also have to speak in public. That at least I'm professionally interested in, since I've made my living as a speechwriter since 1994. I've written a thousand speeches, I've watched a million, I've developed ten theories about what makes for a good speech. Now, we'll see if they work for a gardener, not a governor.
As soon as the domain parking gets straightened out, I'll also have a personal website, so people don't have to hunt here among all the other outstandingly uppity women to find out about my book. I'm going to try to make it useful for beginning vegetable gardeners, and do a garden diary there.
Oh yeah, and then there is Facebook, too. Facebook, too! God, I am already completely tired of myself, and I haven't even gotten started.
Why am I only a 6 out of 10 on the sociability scale? Because I am exhaustible.