It’s not likely I’ll ever get to one of those “Band of Bloggers” conferences, if they even still convene; so most of my connection with others in the Christian blogosphere is people I already knew in the days before Thinking Out Loud. I’ve come to realize that there are very few people I connect with online that I will ever meet in the flesh. Some of them may not even exist; they may be computer generated!
So this week it was interesting to get together with writer/blogger Diane Lindstrom as well as Linda Armbruster, another writer she brought with her. My default answer when she suggested getting together was probably going to be ‘no.’ I just don’t like “blind blogger dates,” even if both parties are happily married. But it was actually a really nice break to be able to get away from work for what turned into almost three hours, and talk about the passion which consumes a minimum of one hour daily.
Diane described her take on the day in this post.
Then we went back to the Christian bookstore where I work and we ran into another Canadian author Sarah Tun. We’re usually preoccupied selling bestselling titles by major U.S. Christian authors, and I had made a reference earlier in the day to local authors who want to leave books on consignment and “chasing them out with a stick;” yet here we were hosting a mini authors’ convention by the checkout. (We don’t even have chairs for people…)
I’m glad Sarah and Diane got to meet, and was glad I got to meet both of them, plus Linda who is working on a children’s book. It was a very refreshing change of pace. You could even call it a God thing, but I know some people don’t like that phrase, so I won’t.