Hi there, guys and dolls! Andrea and Heather here again, talking to you about something that has become very dear to our hearts. Our friendships — new, rekindled and those who have been on the journey for the duration. We have connected with such great people in the past year, each with their own lives and stories, many of them through Facebook in particular. Although it’s a social media site, and becomes quite easy and almost habit forming to click “friend request,” we don’t take it for granted, we honor it, and thank you all for connecting.
The writer’s life is very rewarding, sometimes just the feeling of getting your story out is the gem itself, but it can be solitary and at times lonely. We write together and feel blessed that we get along as we do. We talk our Poppy Cove tales and future plotlines out, usually chortling happily away while listening to 50’s jazz and copiously making notes and doing research. The truth is the majority of writers work by themselves and that can be very isolating. That’s where we see the joy of Facebook, believe it or not. That’s our basic social media of choice. As we run through story ideas and mill over the fates of our Santa Lucia set, we scroll through the posts, liking, sharing, commenting. It’s a true pleasure. We talk about our progress or road blocks, share good and bad news, commiserate with and congratulate others, enjoying each others’ journeys.
When we were new to social media, we got into trouble for making too many friends and put temporarily in the virtual hoosegow — honestly, we weren’t raised to be “fast girls” but Barbara Jean seems to have a mind of her own (!)… It was humorous and we actually bonded with people over our plight — we had gossamer wings being made for us by one friend, the offer of a jailbreak from others and many joining us for cell cocktail parties. Instead of a punishment, it turned into a lovely bonding moment for us newbies.
We tend to keep up Barbara Jean’s page better than our own personal ones, life just has so many hours in it, doesn’t it? But just know dear friends, we truly believe you are and enjoy your company. Consider this as one big “like” to all of you!
Very Warm Regards,
Andrea and Heather
aka Barbara Jean Coast