Sunday, April 6, 2008

What title!

Words written today: 871
What I'm Listening to: Fall Out boy, "this ain't a scene"
What I'm reading; My WIP, which is coming together.
I was talking to a friend of a friend a few months ago and the topic of social networking sites, like My Space and Facebook came up . I'm not against them because they help me stay in touch with my friends and family. (This coming from the girl who has people scattered over the face of the earth like seeds.) But I do think you need to have commonsense when using these sites.
Which brought on the topic of people moving farther away from home than they ever have before, and becoming disconnected from their families , and cultures.
It's happened to me, at heart I'm still an island girl, but I like the anonymity of living in a big city. Though I still occasionally long for all of my friends being in one place. After all it would be wonderful not to have to think about what country code to dial. Which is utterly selfish of me because, not everyone can end up in the same place and not everyone is meant to have the same life.
I know if affects how I react to others when I go home. I generally feel disconnected, it almost as if I'm feeling my way again with this person after all I've lived in the USA since 1996. It always amazes me when someone is amazed that I remember them, i usually do, its just sometimes I can't remember a name until I actually talk to them for a while. or in one embarassing moment called someone by the wrong name.
What about you, are your family and friends scattered , or all in the same vicinity?
How do you think it affects your relationships, with them and others?
Weird questions! I know.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Happy b-day ,First conference experience to me!

Total words written so far today: 248 (I just started work today people)

A few weeks ago I celebrated my 29th birthday. One year older, Woohoo. I don't care what anyone says I still feel as if I'm 16. oh happy birthday! Tonya, sorry I'm late.
Ok, I was a conference virgin, but that was before this past weekend. I attended the Southern Lights conference , put on by the First coast Romance Authors. It was a wonderful introduction to the world of conferences. but that could just be because they had Suzanne Brockmann there.
Yes my one of my all time favorite authors, was there with her husband Ed Gaffney. I do have Ed's "Premeditated Murder" on my to be read list.
Cheryl Alldredge also known as "Charlie" did an excellent job along with the rest of the committee putting on this conference. Barb and Alyssa, had the master list of appointments organized and kept us all in order, in addition to giving out great advice.
Many thanks to
Tracy Montoya, Simone Elkeles, Terri Ridgell, Linda Bilodeau, Cheri Norman, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Maggie Toussaint. Who helped newbies like me polish our pitches. Be back later to finish this up, the kids are ill and need my attention.