On the drive from North Carolina to Arlington, Virginia, the outside temperature was 114 degrees. Inside Maeby the Audi, we did our best to keep it in the 60’s. Cause that’s just how we roll. We hit some bad holiday traffic heading into the DC area, which made us late (later than normal) for our interview with Bethanne Patrick, @justbethanne.
Bethanne Patrick will always be one of my favorites because she introduced the world to the hashtag #fridayreads. (I was introduced to #fridayreads by following @joe_hill. Big #ff to him if you like books, sci-fi, zombies, humor or awesomeness.) Every Friday, up to 10,000 people use the hashtag. It’s a great way to find new books, and random hashtag users are selected to win free books every week. We met Bethanne at One More Page Books, @justonemorepage, an indie bookstore that is exactly the kind of place I would spend all my time/money if I had my way. You can find them here: http://www.onemorepagebooks.com/home.html Eileen, the owner, is amazing.
We caught Bethanne right before she left for vacation, which of course included a lot of reading. She walked us through the store, introducing us to books and mentioning the various authors that were on Twitter. When you use the #fridayreads hashtag, you’re encouraged to include the handle of the author. It’s a great way to find talented writers on Twitter, people like Neil Gaiman @neilhimself, John Scalzi @scalzi, Maureen Johnson @maureenjohnson, and Margaret Atwood @margaretatwood. Not gonna lie – Margaret Atwood once answered a question of mine about research, and it made my day.
For dinner, we headed into DC to meet up with @kept_simple, who I can confirm is an adorably well-behaved dog. (Check out his avatar.) He doesn’t go by his real name on Twitter, but he’s the genius behind the @GingrichIdeas account. The account gained an impressive following during the Republican primaries, due to tweets like “Three marriages only weigh as much as one on the moon.” It was a satirical look into the mind of Newt Gingrich and his grandiose ideas, and I mourned the end of Gingrich’s bid because it meant an end to the account. @kept_simple has only a fraction of the followers of his parody account, which I think is a travesty. If you’re not following him, you should really take a look at your life.
The night ended with us at the Best Western Iwo Jima in Arlington, and an unbelievably impressive thunderstorm that only Evans and I got to appreciate. Hassan fell asleep in his clothes, including glasses, face down on the bed, laying the wrong direction. We had to be up and out less than five hours later.