Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Virtual Community Becomes Real

You know, this whole blog community is a great thing--I've written often about the friendships I've made through this virtual reality. We spread the word about our books, we develop off-line e-mail and phone friendships. We finally meet in person at conferences. It's been more wonderful than I'd ever dreamed, like just last month when hundreds of us helped spread the word about Patry Francis' paperback release. And a few weeks ago when so many of you sent me cyber hugs and support after the shooting tragedy in my town.

Well, here's another way for us to join in.

I first met Laura Bradford through her blog. Then, when we realized we both lived in the St. Louis area (and had each read about the other in the book pages of the paper!), we met for coffee. Then for lunch. And we keep meeting. And I feel so lucky that I've gotten to know this brave, beautiful, determined, funny friend. So, when she asked if I'd participate in an MS walk in April, I didn't even have to think about it. Of course. She's putting it together, gathering other writers to walk, raise money, and try to make a difference.

Please, check out her blog post to see how you can help--by walking with us (if you need a place to stay, I've got room!), by pledging money for our walk, by entering her contest to name our team, or just by spreading the word.


Anonymous said...

Gosh, this inter-web is such a powerful tool. I feel lucky to have found such a wonderful circle of writers and friends. Happy to pop over to Laura's to make a donation.

Thanks Judy!

Lisa said...

What a great cause -- I wish I was in the Saint Louis area to join you all, but since I'm not, I'll pop over and try to pitch in from a distance :)

Carleen Brice said...

So grateful for this very real community! See you in a month!

Sustenance Scout said...

Good on you for jumping in to participate, Judy! I hope you have a ball. I have a friend who does the MS Walk in her corner of NJ each year. MS impacts so many people and their families; it's definitely a worthy cause. For those of us who have family or friends impacted by this disease, thanks so much for helping to spread the word. Enjoy! K.