“Do you ever wonder,” a friend asked, “if Live Journal might be just a gossip mill, a waste of your writing time?”
“Never,” I said.
Every business has its proverbial watercooler. While we might have different reasons for journaling online, this is the common area where we writers meet to exchange insider information, gossip and support. For the most intrepid and trusting among us, it’s also a safe haven for sharing angst and baring our souls. And more than occasionally, it’s a place where we start, nurture and deepen our connections with a variety of friends.
This weekend, bananagirl19 and her family traveled west for their vacation, so my husband and I arranged to meet up with them in Arizona. Ronni and I have connected at the LJ “watercooler” many times, but on Saturday, we finally got to meet face-to-face. We felt an instant in-person connection, all of us! So while her adorable three-year-old danced to Western music and chatted with his doting grandma, Ronni and I talked about writing, girly stuff, and raisin’ men. Our husbands, meantime, swigged sarsaparilla and talked about the wonders of the desert, mathematics, their wives.
Here’s a picture of Ronni and me, taken at the Rawhide restaurant in Chandler, Arizona, just before sunset:
We’ve already made plans to get together again for wine and conversation at sunset — next time in Laguna Beach. You’re invited, too, of course. Here’s where we’ll meet: