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Do You Connect Physically or Virtually or Both..?

March 24, 2014
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articlesI read this blog piece a few days ago    http://tatterhoodblog.com/2014/03/16/siri/ , which resonated with me on many levels. We are fortunate to have the ability to connect with people from all over the world with the click of a button. Barring time differences we can speak face to face with them as well as converse via various technologies unthought-of in quite recent history. Technology can be a burden but also a gift. Personally, I have met other writers from as far away as America and Warsaw, to name just two. People I would never have met any other way. The American writer posted on a non-writing site and our reponses to a topic were so familiar we began emailing each other. After several months, we found out our lives were mirrors of each other’s life experiences. This culminated in us visiting each ‘homes and becoming firm friends. We call each Soul Sister. The young woman from Warsaw, blogged how she felt alone in her writing, this was a call I could not ignore, so responded with a membership to my writers group as we have virtual as well as local members. www.wfscsherwoodpark.com  She has since managed to publish her work and enjoys the connection with other writers. This is the positive side of the internet, as well as research possibilities for anything under the sun, we care to find out about. Our curiosity for knowledge can be satisfied with almost no effort at all.

However, not all connections can become physical ones and that is the shame of the internet. We cannot jump on a ‘plane at the drop of a hat in order to travel to far away countries to visit these contacts, for the most part. Our ‘relationships’ are limited to short conversations and ‘funny’ facebook posts. In short it is not a’ true’ friendship with shared experiences but that being said, still important connections for a host of reasons.

Do we hold these ‘virtual’ relationships above physical ones though?  Are we so wrapped up in them that we do not connect with those around us?

How many of you open a conversation in a coffee shop, on a train or bus, even in the food store? People around us are as interesting as those on the computer screen. Has technology taken this ability away? I remember watching my Mother striking up conversations with complete strangers all the time. As a shy child I found this alarming but as I grew up I realized without human contact, we become isolated in a crowd.

We should not be afraid to connect with people – everyone has an interesting story to share after all. Who knows it might be a story idea.

What has been your experience with internet contacts?

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A New Project…

December 31, 2011
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Castle3[1]With my children’s book, Rumble’s First Scare (www.dreamwritepublishing.ca) out in the big world of readers, I have turned my attention to another project. As you may know I set word or picture prompt every week for my writing group’s web site (www.wfscsherwoodpark.com) and from those ‘small acorns’ of ideas and shorts come larger pieces of work. Rumble is actually an extension of a prompt for Halloween. My current work is a fantasy novella which sprang from one prompt and then several – well to be exact, seven other prompts – which leant themselves to continuing the story. In the last couple of months I have become immersed in a world of an evil witch and a travelling troubadour whose latest story has hidden meaning and power.
This is my enjoyment and my passion, to create a tale that will mesmerize my reader and hopefully have my characters stay with them long after the last page has been turned. In your writing what excites you? Do you write for your own enjoyment or to enthrall others?
I trust 2012 will be good to you and full of words.

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