Saturday, May 21, 2011

Apocolypse Now??? Nope

Well, by now everybody is breathing a secret sigh of relief that the guy making all the noise about the Rapture happening today, May 21, 2011 was wrong.  It was fun having an unusual bond with everyone all over the world.  Twitter was all 'a-buzz' with jokes and sarcastic comments about it.  I confess, I jumped in with the majority and played along with all the funny comments.  I realized all everybody in the world wants is to exist and live in peace.  We want to be left alone to make our own decisions, good or bad and live the best life we can while we're here.
Thinking we might not have any time left as a world was both ridiculous and worrysome at the same time.  It made me stop and think, however fleeting, what it must be like to be a cancer patient who's only been given a number of days to live.  What would you do with the time you have left?  Likely, you wouldn't get to do everything you wanted.
I know I probably wouldn't.  I'd like to think I'd tell all the people I love how much they mean to me.  The sentence I just wrote gave me an idea.  What if we went through our Facebook friends list and had a 'friend of the day'.  Telling on our status how much that friend means to us or how we met.  I have hundreds of friends on facebook from high school, college and life.  Many are former students that have sought me out after they've grown out of our school and moved on to the rest of their life.  It's really great to see how they change and grow and to know I played a small part of that growth while they were in elementary school.
So, I think I have it now.  Since we seem to have a few more days left than we thought we had before, I'm going to start with the first person on my friend's list and try to tell one every day how glad I am to have them in my life.  Hopefully, I've been a positive force in their lives.  If I haven't been, I hope to change that and become one.
How does that sound?  I think it sounds like a huge undertaking, but if I don't get done with my list before the Rapture actually does happen, that'll be ok.  Hopefully, I'll get to tell the rest of them when we get where we're going. :)  (I love Brad Paisley by the way) 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Writer Friends

I've learned from being on Agent Query and Twitter and now Facebook, that writer's aren't just people that sit in their houses and are recluses to the rest of the world.  Where that stereo type came from, I have no idea, but I know in this age of global communication, it's just not true.  All the 'writer types' I've ever asked a question or talked with on Twitter and Agent Query are always the nicest people.  I'm not sure if I've just been lucky so far, since I am a 'newbie' to this community or I'm just smart enough to pick out the good ones...;)  Just kidding on that one. 
It's funny when I refer to my writer friends, they're 'writers' in my brain, while myself, I still don't see as a writer, at all.  I accept a lot of labels and titles, Mom, wife, daughter, music teacher, friend, co-worker, college buddy....but writer.....still trying to wrap my head around that one. 
Sometimes I feel like I'm just hanging around with all my writer friends on Twitter as an 'outsider', hoping the 'cool kids' will allow me in their club.  But in reality, it's not like that at all.  They have all been so welcoming.  Answering questions and just talking has been both a learning experience and a pleasure to get to know new and interesting people.  Alot of the people I 'hang' out with on Twitter and AQ have started a blog called, "From the Write Angle".  They've always got great and informative posts about writing and the business of.  If you didn't know about it, you should definitely check it out.  If I was really smart, I'd be able to link my blog to theirs, but so far, I haven't figured that one out yet...give me some time....I'll work on it. :)