One of the many benefits of having internet connections is making ‘virtual friends’. Many times, those friendships outlast those made face-to-face. Occasionally, one of the virtual friends emerges from cyberspace and crosses over the border into three dimensional earth.
I had just such an occurrence Sunday. I have known Mr. D for most of 2006. He is a poet of high caliber, while I am a novelist of questionable caliber. Yet, through the magic of the net, we have become fast friends, able to tell each other anything…even that the latest work by one of us isn’t so hot.
He is moving across country for a new job, and our house is at a halfway point. My husband and I had a delightful evening with him here. There was no awkwardness, no hesitancy. It felt like one of my younger brothers had stopped by for a visit. We simply picked up the conversation where we left off.
I would never have met him if it hadn’t been for our mutual love of the written word in all its forms.
Writing is often a solitary endeavor. The door is shut to keep the real world on the other side while, on this side, we struggle to create imaginary worlds on our computer screen. However, sometimes writing strengthens us when we share our struggles and ideas on the World Wide Web. It can connect us to a much larger group of people than we’ve ever experienced before. What an awesome resource!