I’ve never been much of a conversationalist. I find blogging equally difficult. Most of the time I don’t feel like I have much to say. It must have been something in my upbringing that prompts me to keep my mouth shut. Yet it’s the nature of (gulp) self-promotion that you must maintain a voice in the world. The online world, at least. You must leave an electronic trail. Somehow this is a measure of one’s marketability. It shows one is “engaged.” I remember a time when the predominant meanings for that word were to be busy or occupied, or well on the way to being married. Now it’s all about being meaningfully connected.

As it turns out, I am busy and occupied, and already married. As for being meaningfully connected, can we put the emphasis on the quality of the connection rather than how often it’s being made and on how many different platforms? The thing I really want readers to know is that I’m writing. I’m working at getting one book published. I’ve got my head down on the next one. And two more are simmering on the backburner. I’m sorry I’m not chattier. I’m sorry I can’t make a decent social media character out of my cat. But I’m here. And I will always make an effort to ensure the connection has some meaning.