I am wrapping up this series by year’s end, and what I’ll miss most about it is interacting virtually with people I only know via social media. Sure, I still connect on Facebook, but there’s something deeper and more insightful when I send them customized questions for them to answer directly, on a subject we have in common, even if we approach it differently.
That’s what makes life, people, and writing so interesting, though. At least to me. Here’s an interesting case in point…
You meet the most interesting people online. Doesn’t matter who they are or where they live. Sometimes you just feel this creative connection with a complete stranger.
This is how I immediately felt when I virtually encountered the nightmarishly beautiful work of Canadian artist/author Betty Rocksteady. We also share an affinity for animals. I’m so glad we had this chance to chat…
by Will Viharo
First, an announcement: I’ll be wrapping up this series at year’s end. I’ve had the honor and pleasure of interviewing dozens of fantastic writers with varying voices, backgrounds, and agendas. It’s been a real education for me and hopefully for you.
I’m especially proud that I’ve been able to virtually chat with writers like J. David Osborne, whom I’ve never met in person, like most of this series’ subjects. I know him a lot better now, and I’m better for it.
It’s very instructive for writers to interact with one another and to feel a part of a broader community, whether online or in person or both. This way one doesn’t feel completely isolated from society, even if the act of writing itself is often like being stranded on a desert island, waiting for one's ship to come in.
Especially illuminating are the perspectives of those whose ship has sailed, but with them at the helm. They cast a beacon of hope for all of us left behind.
But then you discover that even popular authors like Canada’s Owen Laukkanen feel like they remain far, far from their desired destinations…