It’s been a busy few months for me, hence the lack of an October post. Over the past two months I have been immersed in all sorts of writing projects. Amongst other things, I have written some articles on the subject of writing, completed a wide range of business writing for a commercial client, edited a screenplay, engaged to mentor two lovely ladies wanting to pen their own novels, edited a children’s book and attended a book fair. As writing can be a lonely business, it’s been great to collaborate on so many projects with other people, and to be able to materially help them on the way.
Over the last two months I’ve also had the opportunity to reconnect with a number of people from the past through the wonders of Facebook. In 1987/1988 I attended Capernwray Bible School in the north of England. I met my husband at Capernwray and made some friendships that have endured all this time. However, as you’d naturally expect, I didn’t keep in touch with every person who attended with us over that period. For a start, this was a time before mass electronic communication and so there weren’t platforms like Facebook to facilitate ongoing contact. But, when one of my former students recently tagged me in a photo taken at the time, this opened up the chance to rekindle some old connections.
In many ways, this reconnection has been like going through a time machine. I have in my mind the image of these people nigh on thirty years ago. Most students were only in their late teens and early twenties so to suddenly see them transformed three decades down the track has been quite a revelation. Most of these lovely people seem to have not only survived but thrived, with spouses and children and careers and passions and interests. It was funny too, to look at my own photo and reflect on the hopes and dreams I’d cherished as a 20-year old and to see where I’d come during the ensuing decades.
And if that wasn’t enough of a trip down memory lane, I also had the opportunity to briefly meet Nichelle Nicols, who played Uhura in the original 1960s Star Trek series. My friends all know me as a not-so-closet fan of science fiction so the chance to meet her wasn’t one to be passed up lightly. Of course she isn’t as young as she used to be either, but at nearly 84 she’s an inspiration, still travelling the world and patiently meeting fans, in spite of her own health troubles. She seems to me to be the embodiment of Spock’s famous line, “Live long and prosper.”
So as I climb out of my time machine this seems a fitting place to end this post, with me extending to you that very same sentiments, wherever you are in the world: Live long and prosper - and enjoy reading some books on the way!