It’s a lot of work to be a nobody.
Trying to keep up with the world as it is today means being a public figure. (Don’t worry, I have zero ambition to become a politician. I’m so accident-prone, I’d probably get impeached within five minutes for accidentally breaking something valued at a number worth more than my life and all my possessions combined.) In today’s world, it’s nearly impossible to meet an American without connecting through some form of technology.
- Desktops, laptops, “air” laptops
- iPads, tablets, readers
- Cordless phones, cellular phones, smart phones
Um… Since when did inanimate objects begin having fiercer competition than the Olympics?
The relationship between technology and its user is a fluid, living, organic being. Technology can create, shape (and sometimes disastrously fail) its users. Technology can make or break you.
One of my favorite director/producer/writer/guest lecturer and all-around smart guy, J. J. Abrams, once gave a guest lecture for Ted.com, discussing the idea of the “Mystery Box.” Now, although his lecture was not directly about technology, there was a portion of his lecture where he discussed YouTube and today’s technology, mentioning how he is excited about the videos on YouTube.
Are you kidding me? J. J. Abrams is glad about YouTube?
His comment was (and I’m paraphrasing his quote, here) when he was a child, video equipment was so expensive for a young filmmaker, that you could only have your movies viewed if a large production company was covering the bill. With the advancements in technology, the ability to have access to technology is easy and cheap despite your background or home life, upload the video to your computer, feature it on your YouTube page and ta-da! Anyone can be a filmmaker.
You might think, he’d be worried about the competition. (Oh, please. Let’s face it. It’s difficult to compete stylistically with that guy. Abrams = Awesome.) But no. He celebrates the fact that people of all ages, gender, background, income, etc. can make a film and publish it to YouTube and garner a fanbase. (Anyone noting the correlation of this statement with the fact that I’m an unknown author with not-quite-yet-published work?)
How many vocal artists today have become international sensations due to YouTube? Writers and authors (there’s a difference, but that’s also a topic for another time), are able to get their work out to the masses through self-publishing on places like Amazon and iBooks.
WordPress, anyone? Hint-hint, nudge-nudge, wink-wink? <Cough!>
Quick time warp to 1993: I remember looking at my grandma, wide-eyed and shocked at the fact that she had lived before cars were invented.
(Stay with me here, there’s a point.)
Slight flash forward to 2001: I remember babysitting a family friend’s 7-year-old daughter. We’ll call her Jazzy.
Jazzy was in the back of my first love, my car Bob (more on him another day), and her giving me the same wide-eyed and shocked look as she stated, “You were alive before the Internet?”
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Technology can change in a flash, or sometimes a literal spark depending on what tools you’re working with, and it’s important for one to keep up with the times. Sure, starting a blog in 2012 is not necessarily rocket science. In fact, having some sort of online presence is much more common than it is to go without one.
Here’s my point. Thanks for sticking with me.
Having a blog that’s sort-of out there isn’t enough. Taking the initial initiative by starting this blog was great, but now I need to push further. That way, when (note: I didn’t say “if”) I’m published in the future, all of you (or maybe all five of you?) will have shared this journey with me.
You may be few, but you’re precious to me. <singing> We shall overcome!
Ok… Sorry. I’ll stop now.
Our online relationship via technology can reach the next level. I get to share my joys (sometimes sorrows, but hopefully more joys) with me. And I thank you for your loyalty even before I’ve gotten anywhere near my goal.
To boost more pre-publication fans and maintain my little corner of the virtual world, I’ve just setup a Facebook page!
Oh, Facebook. You’re truly a blessing and a curse. You help me stay connected with my most precious loved ones (and some funny games), but curse me to review you constantly throughout the day.
Pityingly enough, my poor page has just little ol’ me on it.
Help me. I’ve ‘Liked’ myself. That’s like giving yourself a high-five. (Although, per my “About Me” page, we have already established that I enjoy high-fives.)
Please check it out, ‘Like’ my page, and let’s see if we can get this global!
Daily Writing Challenge
Day 8: What about their earlier school days? Write a scene of your character in grade school or middle school.
At the sound of the bell, Hallie packed up her notebook, slinging the padded strap of her orange backpack over her shoulder and headed out the door to get ready for another lecture on the French Revolution.
Slamming her locker shut, she turned and smacked face-first into a wall, her books falling to the floor. The “wall” turned out to be a chest. She looked up. And up. And up. Being 5’3” Hallie was used to being shorter than everyone, but the boy attached to this chest had to be just over six feet. He also happened to be the most drop-dead gorgeous boy she’d ever seen.
“Oh!” Words. Words would be good to use right about now. “I-um… Sorry. I wasn’t-… I mean… I didn’t look where I was going.” Letting out a breath she didn’t realize she was holding, she blinked a few times, temporarily forgetting how to speak.
A voice, deep and smooth, enveloped her like a warm blanket.
“No problem,” he replied. “Here, let me help you.” He stooped down to pick up her books. As she leaned down gathering the papers that had fallen out of her notebook, she stole glances at him. His eyes shifted up briefly and grinned at her.
Oh dear lord. Eyes a deep shade denim, with a straight nose, charcoal black hair, and lips that were so kissable they were causing her stomach do all kinds of backflips at the moment.
“Thanks… I, um… Yeah. Thanks.” She gave him a weak smile and felt a blush crawling up her neck. After returning her history notes, he cocked his head slightly and softened his grin as if amused by her lack of ability to put words together.
They stood in the hall, the sounds of the other students fading into the background to a soft murmur and stared at each other. Analyzing each other. A very unconvincing coughing sound outside of their personal bubble space made her snap back to reality.
“Am I interrupting something?” Hallie’s brother Henry appeared. How long had he been there? Henry watched both of them, switching back and forth from each face as if witnessing a tennis match. Curiosity at her and with skepticism towards Henry.