Congratulations to Deb Pruss! You are my winner of an e-book ARC of The Fireman’s Christmas Wish. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and you who took the time to comment. What a great conversation!
Do you ever wonder how we survived before computers and cell phones and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and websites and blogs? I can’t remember when I last dialed (literally dialed) a telephone or used the tuner on the television to change the station. When I last typed something a typewriter or used a paper roadmap to figure out where I was going, or opened a recipe book to find a new way to cook chicken. I google every thing now. Texting is second nature now, too, as is taking pictures with my phone, and FaceTiming with my sister.
Life has changed so much in the last twenty years, my head spins thinking about it, and yet, I am awestruck when I think about my MIL–Rosemary–who is 97. Think, just think, how much the world has changed since she was born in 1925. It’s mind-boggling. She doesn’t do computers or email or cell phones or texting and honestly, there’s a small part of me that envies her that freedom. To be able to simply dial a phone and call someone, to get my news from a newspaper instead of a website, to receive a real letter in the mail… wouldn’t that be lovely?
All that said, without all the technology available to us today, my writing career probably wouldn’t have taken off quite so well. I wouldn’t be a part of Tule Publishing, which would be a terrible shame because I adore being a Tule author. My editing career might have been harder–I’d be doing it on paper with a red pen instead of Track Changes in Word. I actually did some editing like that in the early days and it was much more difficult. Just Word’s Find and Replace feature makes the time’s technology is a pain in the but totally worth it.
I’m not wishing we could go back in time–so much of what makes my life lovely today is technology. I love zipping a text to Son or DIL or Sis and getting little love notes from Husband. I’m glad I can check the weather on my phone and GPS my way to anyplace in the US. I like getting coupons and sale notices from my favorite stores in my email and hearing from dear friends there, too. It’s terrific to be able to “talk” to Liz every morning on Google Chat and “meet up” with my editor and my friends on G-Meet or Zoom. The pandemic lockdowns would have been a lot harder. But maybe a a few days away from my devices would be nice.
So talk to me–what do you think? Has technology made your life better or would you rather go back in time? Let’s make this a giveaway, want to? There’s a e-book ARC of The Fireman’s Christmas Wish (not releasing until October 18, so this is a sneak peek!) for one lucky commenter today.
Gratitude for this week: Husband and Son are getting some Dad/Son time this weekend at the lake; got my revisions back on Jo’s back–several great suggestions, but all in all, my editor liked the book; we cleaned the house from top to bottom; got in lots of steps; got some sister time with PJ.
Stay well, Stay safe, hang on to your masks–we’re not done with them yet; be kind, and most of all, mes amies, stay grateful!