Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Editor's Corner November 2012

Happy November, everyone! I am writing you from eye of Hurricane Sandy (also known as New York City). As I sit here, praying my electric stays on, I am once again reminded of our dependence on technology. All day long, my Blackberry has been buzzing and beeping with concerned texts and emails from family, friends, and our wonderful WITS clients (as well as warnings from some Emergency Center to stay indoors), all reminding me that I’m not alone.
But what if the power does go off and I lose my internet connection? No TV, computer, or cell phone? What would I do? I may have to –God forbid—pick up a pen and write the old-fashioned way. This is troubling, and yet, somehow exciting. Because isn’t that what writing is supposed to be—just the writer and his/her thoughts? Jane Austen didn’t have a laptop, and the Founding Fathers didn’t proofread the Constitution while listening to their iPods, yet their magnificent creations continue to inspire, guide and entertain millions of people.
The first purpose of this little rant is to remind all the writers out there that whether you have the latest gadgets or not, the thoughts, feelings and words to create the next masterpiece are within you. The second is a reminder to be thankful for everything you have—friends, a roof over your head, and yes, those devices that make our lives a little easier each day.
Wishing you all a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
Dana Micheli
Writer and editor, Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

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