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November 9, 2011

I recently went to a birthday party for a blog. As you can probably guess, the invitation arrived via email. (A blog, being a child of the internet, wouldn’t know any other means of delivery.) The party, however, was real. I got in my car, drove to someone else’s home, and socialized face to face with real, live human beings. I consumed actual food and drink, laden (the one downside) with actual calories. It was a lot more trouble than cyber socializing and a lot more fun – well worth the trouble – calories and all.

 Not Ready for Granny Panties (Women at Play Through the Middle Ages) is the creation of a group of women writers of a certain age who decided to pool their talents and help themselves by helping each other. There’s nothing unusual about that. That’s what most blogs, including this one, are all about.

What makes Not Ready for Granny Panties special is that everyone manages to have a good time while accomplishing what most writers consider their hardest job – getting the word out about what we do. We spend hours alone with people who exist only because we have imagined them. We create universes for them to inhabit, give them obstacles to overcome, set lofty goals for them to achieve, and, if they’re good, we (sometimes) let them live happily ever after. These characters are as real to most of us as our family members but, if they are to become real to anyone else, they have to move out of the universe of our computers and meet the outside world. Blogs are one way of introducing them to that world. We tell our fellow bloggers about them and we learn about the characters lurking in other computers. In the process, we meet new people ourselves, many of whom we will never see face to face. Fortunately, I got to meet these four very real human beings in the flesh.

 So, who are the creative, fun-loving women who are Not Ready for Granny Panties? Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban writes novels of fantasy and adventure for young adults. Mary Fran Bontempo writes humor. ChrysaSmith writes children’s books. Pat Achilles, an illustrator, tells stories through her drawings; she created the logo for the group. Stay tuned and you’ll have a chance to get to know all of them better. They’ve agreed to write guest blogs for us in the weeks ahead. I’m eager to see what each of them has to say. In the meantime, if you would like to check out their blog, here’s the link:

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2011 8:47 AM

    What a great blog, Sandy. I’m so glad you shared the link with us. I agree that socializing with real people is fun despite the calories but social networking allows you to visit anytime you want in between writing your novel, even if only for ten minutes. Having a face-to-face is not always so easy.

  2. November 9, 2011 9:48 AM

    I so agree with you, Carolyn. We live in an exciting time. Avenues of communication are open to us that our mothers couldn’t have dreamed of. The real test, I believe, is learning to use these new avenues without invading one another’s personal space … personal space, something our mothers were probably much too busy to even think about. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your view.

  3. November 9, 2011 12:16 PM

    Thank you so much Sandy for having us over at your blog and for coming to the party.

    As you say, it was a great party calories and all.

  4. November 10, 2011 3:10 AM

    I love the idea of a birthday party for a blog and I’m still smiling at the blog name — Not Ready for Granny Panties! Love it. Thanks for this terrific post, Sandy, and for sharing these writers with us. Can’t wait to read their future sharings on Birth of a Novel!

  5. November 14, 2011 4:12 PM

    Sounds like a fun group!

  6. November 29, 2011 8:22 AM

    What a novel idea! Seeing real people. 🙂 It’s amazing what we’ve let the Internet do for us. It’s wonderful to make long-distance friends whom we’re unlikely to meet in person, but your post was a nice reminder about the joy of human contact.

    • November 30, 2011 12:44 PM

      I agree, Ellis. It’s wonderful that we have so many ways to communicate now. Though it does get overwhelming sometimes.

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