Goodness, I almost forgot it was a blog day! How silly of me! I suppose I must have been distracted. Which, with everything that is flying around my life right now, is not at all surprising. I'm often amazed that more of us don't forget our own heads, what with everything we have to remember to do and read and check every single day.
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Yes, this is going to be a rather disconnected, rambly post, as seems only fitting with the title I've put on it. It's easier and easier, in the modern world, to be constantly distracted. Anything like a book or a feature-length movie, or a project at work, which requires concentration for a long period is harder and harder for us all to do.
I know that people have worried about things like this for hundreds and hundreds of years, that our fusses about the way things are and how they're changing are far from unique. But more than ever, with the rise of social media, torrents of trivia make their way into our lives at every turn, at the push of a button or the flip of a switch.
...she said on her blog, with its buttons at the bottom to share on Facebook and Twitter. Yes, it's awfully ironic, isn't it? But I'm fighting on the other side of things as well. My books tend towards the lengthy (as anybody who has a paper copy of A Widow in Waiting will tell you) and the complicated. In short, they require concentration.
Are the stories I tell worth the time you'll spend reading them, and thinking about them? I certainly hope so. But you, O readers, are the only ones who can tell me that. Does my writing help you in your lives? Do you relish the chance to turn off the chatter a little while and think about what you're reading, along with being entertained?
If the answer is yes, then I'm doing my job. And I really, really hope the answer is yes. There are times I do wonder, but I refuse to give up. Good stories take time, both to write and to read, just as good lives take time to live, and to influence others' lives. (Goodness, I'm philosophical this week.) Thanks for reading -- more on Saturday!