February 28, 2016
How I Reconnect With You - Bruce Atchison
One way to reconnect is to meet writers for lunch. I live in a tiny hamlet. Consequently, I have no writer friends locally. Being legally blind, I can't just drive to the city to meet writers. Whenever the county gives me a lift on the seniors' excursions to Edmonton, I often invite any writers there to meet me for lunch. We've had plenty of good fellowship during those meals.
Another way I reconnect with people is through e-mail lists. I like e-mail because I answer the letters and posts at my convenience. Phone calls invariably disturb me so I tend not to enjoy them. Neither do I call people unless I need information or to impart relevant news.
For those who like to attend meetings but can't due to distance or inclement weather, Skype meetings are an excellent tool. With a camera and a headset, we writers can schedule a meeting and enjoy the next best thing to being together. I've yet to do this but I'm hoping to some day.
Reading blogs is another handy way to reconnect. I enjoy reading writing tips as well as commiserating with my peers. As we read in Galatians 6:2, Take on yourselves one another's troubles, and so keep the law of Christ.
As you can read here, writers need not be alone. Folks like us can meet vicariously through technology when it's impossible to meet face to face. Though lunch meetings are the most enjoyable method of companionship, we still can fellowship one with another anywhere in the world. How nice it is to be a twenty-first century writer.