One of the things I’ve found myself worrying about on this Twitter Hiatus, is how other people are doing physically, emotionally, and so forth. It was only yesterday that I realized I could y’know… just email people and ask after their well-being. Which, was frankly a rather uncomfortable realization. How long have I just been stalking my friends on social media rather than actually showing my concern? I must be a really crappy friend to a whole lot of people because I have been neglecting on the ones not on social media entirely, and pseudo-neglecting a great many people by simply seeking their updates rather than reaching out. Ouch.
Why is the act of sending a simple “thinking of you” email feel so difficult all of a sudden? Why is using the phone to call someone a paralyzing idea? I don’t actually have a real hang-up about either… I just don’t do them. Even intellectually knowing that it really doesn’t matter WHAT to say, just that it matters to say something… isn’t helping me get over this hurdle. I guess it’s just going to be one of those things that’s difficult until it suddenly isn’t anymore. I just need to suck it up and reach out. I need to reach out ESPECIALLY since I don’t need anything from anyone. Hell, I don’t even need an email in response… I just need people to know I care.
Quotes of the Day:
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t. And believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”—Harvey MacKay
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”—Virginia Woolf
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”—Bob Marley
THINGS YOU SHOULD LOOK AT:
New Episodes of Gortimer Gibbons Life On Normal Street
March Flash Madness: Voting is over, but the stories will be up for another month before going into an anthology to benefit the SFWA’s Emergency Medical Fund to provide financial assistance to writers in medical need.
THINGS FOR YOUR EARS:
BOOK YOU SHOULD PREORDER:
Revision by Andrea Phillips – I have read this and it is an excellent near-future SF novel with a female protagonist I would not describe as typically strong. To be honest, the protagonist is kind of a dork and you want to shake her sometimes, but she’s the sort of protagonist who seems like a real person and her mistakes are the kind we’ve all made. Luckily most of us aren’t actually rewriting reality when we make them…
THING I WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO DO TODAY:
Reach out specifically to just one person you haven’t talked directly to in awhile just to say Hi.