“You’ve Just Crossed Over Into … The Twilight Zone”
Twilight Zone marathons always bring an influx of new followers to my Twitter page, and this year’s extravaganza on Syfy was no exception. About 500 additional fans joined in the fifth-dimensional festivities, enough for me to break the 14,000-follower mark.
If you’re one of them, welcome! I thought a quick orientation post might help.
Why? Well, sometimes people express surprise that I tweet about anything other than The Twilight Zone. Some, in fact, are surprised that I tweet at all when there isn’t a marathon on.
But I didn’t create my Twitter page simply to live-tweet TZ marathons. I did it to share quotes and facts from ALL of Rod Serling’s works, and to do it year-round. They’re primarily from The Twilight Zone, of course — that’s his crowning achievement. But I also draw from Rod Serling’s Night Gallery (the horror series that followed TZ), as well as Serling’s pre-TZ teleplays, movies and books.
In short, if it’s related to Serling in almost any way, you’ll see it on my page. And you’ll usually see me doing it periodically throughout the day.
There’s no staff. It’s just one man, with a full-time job (one that has nothing to do with Rod Serling), using Twitter as an outlet for
an obsession a serious hobby.
How do I decide what to quote and when? On most days, I default to the “anniversary” episode for that day. I’ll highlight the one that first aired on that day in, say, 1962, and follow it up with quotes and facts from that episode (and a few unrelated ones thrown in for good measure).
On anniversary-less days, it’s more or less random. Or I might focus on a common theme. Either way, of course, the goal is to entertain — both myself and you.
There are two rules I set for myself early on, and you’ll find that I’m religious in observing them:
- If a quote or fact has been used in the last several months, I won’t reuse it, except for a very specific reason (such as a marathon or a special event). I hate “quote accounts” that recycle the same item too frequently, so you won’t catch ME doing it — at least not deliberately.
- I edit quotes for length only. This one is non-negotiable. I often have to shorten a quote to make it fit, but I never, EVER change the wording. If I can’t edit it for length and make it fit, I refuse to rewrite it, even a little bit.
When space permits, I add the season and episode number for those who want to look up the episodes. For example, #S3E14 means it’s the 14th episode of Season 3, or “Five Characters in Search of an Exit.” Either way, you can always ask me what episode a particular quote is from.
TZ fans often comment how much they enjoy the marathons and wish they could occur more frequently. My Twitter page is a modest attempt to do just that. We may not be able to watch The Twilight Zone non-stop, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have it in our Twitter timelines 365 days a year.
I hope 2016 brings us many opportunities to enjoy the best television show of all time — and to celebrate all things Serling. Here’s a toast … to that “signpost up ahead.”
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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!