This is How You Handle Arbitrary Milestones on Social Media

And now you know. Go ye forth and do likewise.

By John Scalzi

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32 replies on “This is How You Handle Arbitrary Milestones on Social Media”

They are wonderful animals and you have taken many nice pictures of them.

But these particular photos, I think, are not photos we would want to put in one of those souvenir capsules they send into deep space, as representative of life here on Earth….

That’s 21.72 tweets per day, or roughly one per hour.

50,000 tweets at 70 letters per tweet is 3,500,000 letters.

Average of 7 letters per word is 500,000 words.

A median-length novel is 65,000.

That’s 7.7 novels you could have written !!111@%!!!!eleventy


To give historical context to What Not the Reddit Chris’s back of the envelope: my late friend and collaborator Isaac Asimov wrote 363 days per years (wife #2 forced him to take 2 days off, during which he had withdrawal symptoms), typing for 10 hours at 90 words per minute… AND SELLING EVERY WORD.

Erm, Go ye forth, surely?

That’s a lovely picture of Ghlaghghgee. It’s times like this that I sorely miss chang who is not chang.

Oh, and congratulations on the monumental transitional moment :).

Well, I think Daisy is saying, “OMG, and I have to live with this maniac!” And Ghlaghghgee is saying, “Yeah, he does get into these moods, doesn’t he?”

Something in this thread triggered this: I’m now imagining a Scalzi-written Doctor Who episode called “The Doctor and the Dudebros,” where the Doctor realizes the menace he’s up against isn’t actually alien at all, but just a bunch of MRAs. He gives them a peek at the Untempered Schism, and they see what losers they are and implode.

Have to wait for the post-Moffat era, of course.

Yes, John really could have written 7777 more novels if he hadn’t been Twittering, but the reason he moved to Ohio is writing is considered an agricultural activity there. John actually receives federal crop subsidies not to write. This helps keep the price of fiction high enough to support writers in reasonable comfort. (Theoretically. In practice, it’s the John Scalzis and the Stephen Kings of this world who reap the benefits, and the struggling family word farm continues to suffer.)

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