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I tell the story of the worst decision I have ever made in an office across twenty-five tweets coming spins the story of a difficult boss with a wounded ego and a solution actor Brian Dennehy hatched which required a publicity shot of said, boss the door opened. I swear to you even the phones stopped ringing for a second. Susan inhaled. Ho. She screamed gave Brian a picture of my mouth that that is right. She managed to give him a picture of her bosses. Mom. Well, her boss was not happy as you heard. But on Twitter people love the story. It's been re tweeted I just checked a little under eighteen thousand times somebody tweeted that they had seen death of a salesman on Broadway in that. This story was almost as dramatic that tweet was from Lin Manuel. Miranda. It is possible to joy faint. I now know so Quinn Cummings decided to write more small stories like that one a departure from her usual work, and from the usual thing you come across on social media. I spend a lot of time writing jokes about politics. It's been good for my career. I've ended up doing some ghost writing. I've written political jokes for other people. This is fantastic. But what I can also do is remind people that life is not just politics. I started to think of my stories as a chance to be human again, you can hear about my complaining about the local grocery store, which is a Fellini film or getting the dog to the vet. I tried to make them very ordinary. It's it's a respite you might be the first person I've ever interviewed to describe Twitter as a respite from political craziness. We are living through. You know when everyone else is making us egg. So for the most part, they're funny. But I do write about the fact that my mother was an emotionally manipulative narcissist. You might be staggered at the amount of people who write to me, privately and say, I can't tell that story because mine is still alive or I can't write the story because mine died, but my family will yell at me for speaking ill of the dead. But thank you for writing this because you make me feel better. And does it feel as though you're trivializing really important stuff in any way by breaking them down into a series of tweets? That's a really good question. My answer is if you feel that a trivializes it feel free to follow me. I wasn't suggesting that at all. No, no, no, no, no, no Twitter gets so much criticism for being a place where people just fire off whatever random thought pops into their head. It's it's a hard place to work or something like your mom, dying that came out more. Abrupt than I meant for it to what I'm saying is it is a relatively new artform, medium, whatever it is you want to call it and people are figuring out what they like their if what I do makes people uncomfortable. I totally understand. I'm not going to change. Do you write the whole tweet threat out in advance? Then break it up into tweets. Yes. I'm very careful about how I constructed there are certain sentences. I want to be by themselves because they're a joke line. If I structure it new certain way on piecing. How you read it? It's important to me that I do this right because I have people now supporting this underwriting it on patriot. Explain what patriotic patron is the equivalent of a tip jar. You can reach out to your supporters and say would you be interested in giving me a dollar a month? And then one. Dollar is taken off your credit card every month. It's fascinating hearing you describe the effort to figure out a business model here, you're a professional writer, you deserve to get paid for. What you write? None of us have figured out. How to do that on Twitter? I got a kid in a liberal arts college. And even as a vegetarian those lentils add up. If I'm not white knuckling every month. It's a lot easier to write better jokes to you. Eventually if you're trying to make a living here have to figure out a way to tell these small stories on a bigger stage. She was the sing if I write an essay now, and I say here I've written it over on medium. Just click over and read it. The odds are low that they will click if I can figure out in this time of great change how to be adaptive and a little creative. I can wait and see where my opportunities are writer Quinn Cummings talking to us about the small stories. She Sarah's on her Twitter feed. Thanks so much. 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