Once again it’s time for the weekly Sunday Brunch with ZA Maxfield! This week, we have two awesome friends joining us! Please welcome Karenna Colcroft and Lloyd Meeker!
This week’s question is: “What’s the last thing you did that scared you? Describe why you did it.”
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First, let’s hear from Karenna!
The last thing I did that scared me was flying between Boston and Detroit. I am not a huge fan of flying, and managed to avoid it for nearly a quarter century, until two years ago I had no choice because I’d signed up for the GayRomLit convention. Since that was in Albuquerque, flying was the only viable option to get there. Driving from Boston to New Mexico was just not going to happen.
But after that, I pretty much swore off flying. Until I had the opportunity to visit someone who’s very special to me. He and I met when he was in the Boston area last year on business, and he became friends with my husband and me. But at the end of July 2013, he was sent back to his home state of Michigan, and had been there ever since.
I needed a break from stress, and I really wanted to see my friend. Detroit isn’t as far a drive as Albuquerque, but it still wasn’t completely feasible, between wear and tear on my car and wear and tear on my fibromyalgia-prone body. So I boarded a plane, closed my eyes on takeoffs and landings, and was thankful to be able to spend a few days relaxing, not dealing with issues in my personal life, and hanging out with my friend.
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Now, let’s see what Lloyd has to say!
But… then there’s social media. Soon some researcher will create a medical term for the unique combination of paranoia, embarrassment, dread, loathing and lunatic hope experienced by people like me when they engage in social media.
About two months ago I realized I had to get active on Twitter. I was scared. Still am. But I did it.
Then an interwebs diva told me I should set my blog to automatically post to Twitter, and that my posts should have buttons that allow readers to retweet, “like” for facebook, pin to Pinterest, and post to Reddit or SumbleUpon.
When I eventually regained consciousness I researched the relevant plugins, imagining every possible catastrophe — including installing one with malicious code originating in a geek-filled basement in Bucharest that would explode my website and snatch all my passwords and ravage every aspect of my online life.
“We will help you find lovely friends — just give us the password to your email account!” was the least of my nightmares. “By using this plug-in you agree that we are allowed to share whatever information we can collect from your online activity with anyone we think might be willing to pay for it” was more at the heart of my dread.
I chose two plugins. Yes, one from central Europe. I downloaded them, but couldn’t bring myself to activate either one for several days. I just sweated, fidgeted and stared at them lying inert on my plugin page. Each one was a slightly different Pandora’s box waiting to be opened.
Yes, I have Socmedianoia, or whatever the hell they’re going to call this disease. And then I did it. And it worked. And the sky didn’t fall. But it still might…
Why did I do this? Because I’m driven, against my all my natural instincts. I love writing what I write, and I love working hard to grow as a writer. But one important creative circuit in me isn’t complete until somebody reads what I’ve created. My longing to share my stories with readers outweighs my chronic Scomedianoia. So here I am, warts and all.
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Thank you to Karenna and Lloyd for joining us this week!