End of an era, start of another
Posted by Lynn at 10:03 pm in Writing

During a “what am I spending on telecommunications” moment, I decided to ditch my Compuserve account. I replaced it with a free email account and faster access to the internet.

But I miss being 74473,2063.

Compuserve was my first foray into the internet. I had no idea what a forum or threaded discussion board was and I don’t even remember how I discovered the SFmedia section. It was love at first sight. All these like-minded, educated people in love with Highlander. Okay, so it was mostly women but there were a few guys there, too. We would dissect each episode to pieces, examining motives, writing, settings, costumes, historical (in)accuracies, weapons…well you get the idea. I started going to conventions just to meet my cyberspace friends face2face. At some point 4 of us started a round robin Mary Sue writing adventure based on the Highlander world. It was a lot of fun.

A couple of the SFMedia participants were writer wannabes and they dragged me over to SFLit where I found a whole cadre of wannabe writers. They were the called the IMPs, impatiently waiting to be published, and I learned plenty about writing. I learned to critique the writing not the writer, to identify passive voice by picking it up in others, you have about 150 words (1/2 a page) to get and keep the editor’s attention, and more. Several members have published novels and short stories. My big claim to fame was an essay published years ago in the Christian Science Monitor. I have to thank BJ for her crucial editing suggestions.

I still keep in contact with a few of the ex-pats. We exchange emails, attend conferences together and I peer into the blogs of several more to see how they are doing.

And now they can peer into mine as well.

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