Sometimes truth is better than fiction. And there is no better way to share our weird truths than social media. Especially in the form of Twitter story time threads. Just search “story time thread” on Twitter and you will get all sorts of people telling all sorts of stories: harrowing, hilrarious, heartwarming. Everything.
You know who else does story time? Authors. There’s all sorts of bonus material from writers on Twitter, often about things that have happened in their own lives.
For example, earlier this week, Roshani Chokshi simultaneously made her followers hungry and melted their hearts by sharing the story of her recent engagement. (Read it and you’ll understand.)
Ready for a short Twitter anthology? Some are heartwarming, some are funny, some are deadly serious, and some will gross you out. Sit back and relax. It’s story time!
Sit back and relax. It’s story time!
The tale of Adam Ellis’s worryingly recent haunting by a ghost child called Dear David. (Adam, I hope you’re still alive when this post goes live.)
So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me. (thread)
— 𝔞𝔡𝔞𝔪 𝔢𝔩𝔩𝔦𝔰 (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017
The origin story of Cassandra Khaw’s obsession with teeth. (Don’t read this if you’re scared of teeth or dentistry.)
Story time! About my obsession with teeth! mute #teethcat if such things make you squeamish.
— Cassandra Khaw (@casskhaw) June 21, 2017
That time when Seanan McGuire rescued an alligator lizard from an unlikely place.
Okay, okay, who wants to hear about the asshole camper with the lizard in his leg?
— Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) August 22, 2015
The time Daniel José Older (who used to work as an EMT) and his colleagues saved a man who dropped dead on the A Train platform. (You can read the non-Twitter version of that thread on Older’s blog.)
60 year old, healthy looking man drops dead on the A train platform. Bystanders call 911, fire gets there, starts CPR, crowds gather, stare.
— Hiatusing Daniel José Older on Hiatus! (@djolder) May 4, 2012
On a lighter note, the time Older decided to write a brand new installment of a movie franchise.
Magic Mike XVII: Hogwarts.
— Hiatusing Daniel José Older on Hiatus! (@djolder) September 24, 2016
That time Sarah Gailey took apart Steampunk cosplay. (Not technically a storytime, but I snorted.)
[Me, admiring the gold buttons on your mourning gown]Wow cool of u to straight up admit to murdering your husband
— Sarah Gailey (@gaileyfrey) October 25, 2016
When Ryan North and his dog Chompsky were stuck in a hole and couldn’t get out until Twitter saved them. (The hole… er.. whole thread is collected here.)
If I climbed into this in the rain to get this picture and now couldn't get out, what should I do? Hypothetically pic.twitter.com/g5jdjbed5B
— Ryan North (@ryanqnorth) August 18, 2015
When Patrick Rothfuss helped a little girl design her dream Playmobile character.
My little boy playing with a little girl: a family friend almost exactly his age.
Playmobile is a marvelous thing. pic.twitter.com/nKS9LdhdDZ
— Pat Rothfuss (@PatrickRothfuss) April 17, 2016
And of course, that time Chuck Wendig helped Sam Sykes sort out a problem at his summer camp counselor job.
@ChuckWendig yo, can you help me out
— Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears) July 28, 2017