A bicentennial by definition is a 200th anniversary, although it is a landmark usually measured in years. Yet our bicentennial is barely one year old. Yesterday we posted our 200th blog post and while it might not seem like a momentous occasion to many, to us it is remarkable.
We began this journey in August of last year and never in my wildest imagination would I have believed we’d reach this incredible milestone. Because collectively, we weren’t all that savvy when it came to developing an Internet platform for our writing.
None of the original WOS crew…
…had delved into the Twitter Sphere, but we decided to jump in, hoping to broaden our scope in order to share and learn from the global community of writers. We stumbled, suffering countless hours of frustration as we learned the tech-aspects of tweeting, the lingo, the foibles and the enormous capacity to interact with others of our ilk. We tweaked the website to accommodate our new skills and I must give kudos to Robin, our Webmaster, and Heather too, for working out the kinks and facilitating the process while not totally losing our collective mind.
At Robin’s urging we took on the A-Z Blog Challenge and suffered the terrifying daily deadlines, furiously writing posts to fit the “letter of the day.” The work paid off as we met more amazing new writers and sampled blogs that inspired us to make ours better and as a result of that journey we found our newest sisters: Callie, Sharon and Kathy.
We’ve broadened our scope, as our new sisters write exciting stuff:
Callie spent what would have been her college years traveling around the world eating and drinking and collecting adventures, stories and more books than one person could hope to read in a lifetime. Her work has appeared on Kveller.com, and in The Jewish Press. She is currently working on a self-inflicted challenge, writing one short story a week for a year. You can find the stories on her blog at calliedeanne.com
Kathy has published several articles in national magazines and just finished her first novel set in San Diego, recently landing a book deal. We can’t wait to see how this journey goes for her and eagerly await the advent of her debut novel. See her author website at www.kathyweyer.com for more about her and to read a sample chapter of her novel Stitches.
Sharon “transitioned” to the life of full-time fiction writer after 39 years as an educator. She writes culinary mysteries, women’s fiction, paranormal fiction, historical fiction, short stories, plays, and erotic romance. Oak Tree Press published Mission Impastable, a culinary mystery, in 2014. Sizzler Editions published the erotic romance Streetwalker, under the pen name Angelica French, in 2013.
We hold their virtual hands while they learn the techo-aspects of writing a blog each week and we benefit from new viewpoints, experiences, and expertise in genres we have little or no experience with. The camaraderie we have reminds me what a wonderful community the world of writers is. We share the agony and ecstasy, the sympathy and pep talks when our editors rip us apart and put us back together again, as some of us land contracts while others are still struggling to get that offer. We are growing and striving to be a better blog every day and tackling issues relating to reading and education, not just writing.