One of the things I really miss about my old life working on newspapers and magazines is being surrounded by very bright, funny, interesting people all the time.
Most days now, I’m on my own all day. Talking to myself, because that’s how I write. I say all the dialogue out loud.
The afternoon I realised I was making conversation with the nice lady who works on the tills in M&S, because I hadn’t spoken to anyone for six hours, I began to wonder if this is a very healthy way to live.
But while I don’t have smart colleagues around me any more for jokes and proper serious conceptual conversations, I do have the most wonderful friends like that on Twitter.
There are loads of people on there I chat to all the time and we’ve never met, or only once.
Today I’ve talked to @ovationchris, @jillmansell, @nivengovinden, @philippaperry and in a nice bit of circularity, @keithaustin, who is one of the great people I worked with on the Sydney Morning Herald.
I also had three-way laughs with my pals @kathylette and @wendyharmer.
I love Twitter.
And Jill Mansell introduced me to this fabulous Tumblr, Humans of New York.