About a year and a half ago, I became momentarily famous around the world.
But not in a good way.
Now I have become famous again. It is in a much much better way.
I am not directly famous.
My dog Theo is getting the credit.
But I swear – I solemnly swear – that I helped him a little. Don’t believe his denials.
First. My Infamous Fame.
Here’s my post from August 2016:
FAMOUS – BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY
I love to write.
I love being able to create a world of my own. I love telling stories. I love the feeling when I come up with just the right word or phrase.
I love writing. I love what I’ve written. All of it. The good and the not-so-good. The words are mine and I find great pleasure in them.
And I also love being read. I love an audience. I love making someone laugh. Or touching someone with a heartfelt paragraph.
Of course, when something gives you this much satisfaction – and bliss – you do it for the sheer joy of it.
Recognition is secondary.
But oh, I will confess, I have an egocentric little piece of my brain that would love to be famous for something I have written.
And it has happened!
And not just in my little corner of Connecticut. Last week I became an international sensation.
On August 10, someone who logged on as “Your Friend” commented on my blog,
“You made it to a finnish newspaper”
And this “friend” added a link.
Oh boy, I thought…perhaps they have picked up one of my best blogs – maybe the one about visiting a nude beach (I still get hits to my blog from that one), or maybe one of the posts about my sweet puppy, or one of my pieces about being happier as I age. Or maybe the one I am most proud of – my essay on living with childlessness.
So with great anticipation, I clicked on the link.
And there it was. My tweet from a few days earlier.
Yes, my Olympic tweet.
A fortunate photographer had captured two of the German Field Hockey players standing side by side, and their names delighted the most tasteless and silly the of internet world.
And out of the probably hundreds (or maybe thousands) of the crassest of tweets, Finland chose mine!
What an honor!
I thought about the enormity of my Finnish fame for a few minutes.
Then I googled:
Nancy Roman Butt Fuchs
And OMG, my fame was everywhere!
“Kindisch” — Ja, I sure am.
And the U.K.
And dozens right here in the old U.S. of A.
Can you imagine?
Maybe I am famous all over the world right now!!!
My Dad would be so proud.
Thankfully, I did not use my maiden name.
AND NOW – My current claim to fame!. Or rather, Theo’s.
There is a Twitter person called “Thoughts of Dog” (@dog_feelings). This Tweeter has over 600,000 followers. And for good reason. His (or her?) tweets are just Perfection.
He tweets daily (sometimes more than once a day) on the thoughts of his sweet, generous, ungrammatical dog. The dog-thoughts brighten up the whole Twitter world – which is often a most depressing place.
And a month or so ago, I started tweeting back.
I always start, “Your fren Theo here.” (As Thoughts of Dog always uses the word fren – for both his real and imaginary frens.)
And since my twitter image is my dog – well, it works pretty perfectly.
And my responses are often well-liked by Thoughts of Dog’s many followers.
And two days ago I thought I hit the jackpot. Here’s the original tweet and my response.
Well, more than 100 Likes! Nowhere near Thoughts of Dog’s 40,000, of course, but pretty good! Although I was wishing that Theo could have shown a little more class.
But it turns out that was just a little taste (so to speak) of Theo’s coming fame.
For yesterday, Thoughts of Dog posted a tweet and Theo couldn’t wait to jump in and comment.
Yes. Theo crudely confessed that we have yet to have company he hasn’t peed on.
And Twitter really, really likes him. More than 600 likes and still counting.
Oh, Theo! You silly rascal you!
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