I discovered over the last couple of weeks how very much we Slushbusters, and probably the whole writing community, really stay in touch via the internet.
I was out of town for six days. I had my laptop with me, but the place where I stayed didn't have wi-fi, and we were so gosh darn busy I only got to a local library once to check emails and blogs while I was away. Then I was home for three days, barely got caught up, and left town again for two days more.
Now that I've landed, I realize how much I missed everyone. I missed one Slushbusters meeting. Just one. But I feel like I haven't seen the gang in ages. I realized it's because I missed out on all the day to day emails that circulate among the group. Now, we're not all emailing each other all day long. We do have lives. But we check in. Maybe not daily, but every couple of days someone has a question or a submission or some news.
The same thing is beginning to be true of my new blog group over at Searching for a Good Read. The group sends quick emails to ask a question or give one another a heads-up that a post is forthcoming. When I returned from being away, I felt like I was out of the loop.
Since I've gotten home, I just want to communicate! I'm reading blogs, commenting, checking facebook. I didn't find that I desperately needed the Internet while I was away from it, but it is good to feel connected again. Does this mean I'm a writer?