Together, it is a word like none other. We are stronger together. Life is easier together. Together, we can change the world. The word itself, provides me with a sense of inclusion. A sense of connection with others. And that is the power of togetherness.
In the northern hemisphere, we are about to embark into the dark, cold, solitary pattern of life that accompanies winter. We will spend more time indoors. Hot beverages will abound by the gallon. We will find ourselves snuggled up under blankets, watching a fire, a hockey game, or a favorite movie.
There is much to be said about the simplicity of the winter months. I adore the chai tea season simply for the ability to sip a warm beverage that tastes like Christmas in a cup. Solitude, however tends to creep in as the days get shorter. Togetherness is a part of the human experience so this winter season, I am looking to grow my community, from the comfort of my writing desk that is.
I wasn’t always certain of the power of social media. I would scoff at cute, but time sucking videos. Don’t even get me started on the bizarre habit of sharing photos of what you are about to eat. Let’s just say that approach works for a foodie, or a food blogger. Most of us however, aren’t interested in what is on your plate unless you are about to share some our way.
This past year though, has offered me some exceptional opportunities to connect with others through social media. I have made friends all over the world and with that I am able to experience a little of what life is like elsewhere through the eyes of these new connections.
We love to chat about books. What we’re reading. What we are about to read. The more we connect the taller my “to be read” pile grows. But we also talk about life. What it is like to be an author? Where our writing takes us through travel. Our habits and our guilty pleasures. Did someone say chai?
We connect to offer support, encouragement, and the occasional fire placed beneath the buttocks. We are social by nature, solitude by chosen profession, and always excited to connect with our readers.
Readers are the life blood of any author’s life. They allow us the pure joy of being able to create. Readers, I think, spend almost as much time thinking about our characters as we writers do. That is a simple joy that goes deep into the heart of a writer. If we’ve touched your heart, we’ve done our job and nothing, simply nothing makes us happier.
So, let’s do this. Let’s connect and get to know one another better. I promise you a glimpse into my writing process and my life. Life is the best teacher and if we can share our experiences with each other, both the successes and the failures, I’m certain we will become fast friends.