By Linda O. Johnston
I’ve mentioned here before that I used to attend a lot of writers’ meetings and conferences, including monthly lunches with my wonderful Writers in Residence friends.
Well, we still get together monthly for a “lunch” – one that’s online on Facebook. It’s definitely enjoyable. And that’s kind of how all my get-togethers with writer friends are going these days.
I miss seeing them in person!
Yes, writing is a solitary existence. We generally sit in front of our computers and let whatever’s on our mind spill out onto the keyboard so we can read it on our screen. And edit it. And add to it.
And it’s not like we can no longer run ideas by our writer friends. Thank heavens for the internet and text messages and, yes, phones.
Still, it’s different these days.
But hey, thanks to my wonderful husband, who added a camera and microphone to my new computer, I can now attend Zoom meetings and be seen and heard. Not that I always want the others in a meeting to be able to see all my expressions, and I have to use a false background to prevent the windows in my actual home background from letting light in to blind anyone who looks at my frame. But I can always pick up one of my dogs and let whoever I’m talking with see them, too! And I’ve also been interviewed on Zoom for an upcoming YouTube program, where I’ll be talking about cozy mysteries.
I’ve always recognized that people are versatile–and these days we have to be especially versatile. And wise, hopefully. I don’t appreciate people who get together in large groups now, particularly without facemasks and not staying a decent distance apart. That can be dangerous not only for them, but for others, too.
But I appreciate how resourcefully we’ve come up with ways to communicate with others, including other writers. I look forward to when we can do it safely in person again. Meanwhile, a virtual hi to all of you out there. Stay safe!
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