When you live a certain amount of your life online, you “meet” people from here and there, right? Sometimes, you find yourself in the vicinity of one of those people. Sometimes, you actually get to meet an online friend.
Yeah, true, sometimes you get murdered with an axe and chopped up into little pieces, I’m not saying you NEVER do, but the number of times that’s happened to me is so small as to be insignificant. And I got most of the pieces back, so….
ANYWAY, I was in Indianapolis this past weekend, and guess who lives there? JOEY of JoeyfullyStated, that’s who!
Brave soul, she actually came to the hotel where InConjunction Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention was being held.
That meant she was right outside the Expo Hall a.k.a. Vendors Room! I ran out and yelled, “Joey!” And there she was!
I couldn’t go have a coffee, because there were only two of us partners to tend the table, and the one who isn’t me was on panels for two hours in a row. So we sat behind the table and talked, except when I leaped up, showed my teeth, and attempted to charm unsuspecting strangers into spending money on our books rather than on other things. I mean, I like people, I just don’t always feel like showing it.
Peopling is hard. But Joeying is delightful.
Thank you, Joey, for coming to see me. You turned the dreadfulness of hanging out in public for hours into a magical visit with an electronic friend, who is electronic no more, but 4 realz.
I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about Twice-Baked Potatoes. Guess what that is.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character meets someone they’ve only known by reputation or phone or electronic remove.