Monday, August 1, 2011

Thank you Al Gore!



I love the internet!! There are so many things in my life that have been made easier because of it. I can work from home and still be here for my kids every day. I was able to help my daughter with a school project because I have a friend in Australia because of the internet. I can figure out when Sons of Anarchy starts up again because of the internet. AND I have made friends that I know I will have forever on the internet.

I was on a sort of vacation…again (the benefit of working from home is that “home” is wherever my laptop is!) for the past few weeks. Every year during the summer I load up my kids and make a trek to my in-laws for a couple of days, and then head to my mom’s to stay with her for about a week. I love this trip because; a) my mom does all the back to school shopping for my kids and b) since my mom still lives where I grew up, I can usually get together with some old friends.

This year, however, I was lucky enough to get together with some great new friends that I’ve made because of the internet. In fact, while I do have some really good “real life” friends (heading out on a girls’ weekend trip with them in a few weeks and I can’t wait!!), I have several women (and a few men) that I’ve met on-line who have become very important to me.

Earlier this year, I was invited to a Facebook group by a friend from high school. There were about twenty or so people in this group, some of whom I knew from school, and others that knew my friend from other parts of his life. The funny thing is that even though I only actually knew about 3 or 4 people, there were several that I found I had a connection with. It was kind of a “Six Degrees of Separation” thing. One woman was married to my best friend from high school’s cousin (who also went to school with us) and another actually hung out with my brother in-law in high school.

The three of us have become really good friends on line over the past seven months. We PM almost daily and share a lot of things among the three of us about things going on in our lives. I’ve come to consider both women as close friends, and was so happy to spend several hours talking and laughing with them while I was “home”.

This was the second time that I’ve been lucky enough to meet up with my new friends, and it’s just one of those situations that felt like we’ve been friends for years.

There’s always that moment right before you meet new people, especially people that you consider friends in a virtual world, that you have a moment of panic right before actually coming face to face with them that maybe they won’t like you in person, or that maybe they aren’t who they portrayed in person. And when you are a writer…the different scenarios that flash through your mind are frightening!

So, when I knocked on the door of another friend that I had met in the Facebook group and had been come pretty good friends with, I was nervous! But, everything was great! We took our kids to a local miniature golf course where they played and we talked. We talked and laughed all morning until of course the whole “ticket spending” thing when our kids started fighting…oh well, just another thing we have in common!

So, I want to thank Al Gore for inventing the internet and allowing me to be a writer and to make some great friends!

I’ll be announcing the winner from Lisa Sanchez’s Author Extravaganza giveaway later this week, and next week I’ll be talking about Rom Con, which I will be attending next weekend! And don’t forget that the Summer Lovin’ Anthologies benefitting Save the Tatas Foundation is still available from Omnific Publishing. There are some REALLY great stories , including my SWAT boys and all the profit goes to such a great cause! If you want to get in on a chance to win signed copies of both anthologies, go follow Omnific's new Blog. Today is a new feature called "Ask an Editor" where you can ask all the questions you've had about the process.

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