I started writing when I could pick up a pen. Or pencil. Or crayon. I wrote this work – from a series I called “Little Books for Children” – at the tender age of 10. On brown paper, tied with red yarn. If I didn’t know what something meant, I’d have to consult a behemoth hardback dictionary. I knew writers existed, but I certainly didn’t know any. They were as mythological as Pegasus or the wild-west American Indians I liked to read about.
We didn’t have computers. I’m not sure I’d even heard of one. In fact, my first computer experience – with a Macintosh Classic – was in college, when I worked for the school’s newspaper. That black and white screen? Da bomb.
Today, I write on a brand-new MacBook Pro with a gorgeous and (comparatively) ginormous screen. With the touch of a button, I can visit with people I’ve never met in person. A friend of a friend gave me helpful hints regarding spring in Maine for a book I just finished. If I don’t know the meaning of a word, I can look it up on any number of websites. If I need help writing something, I can send an email to any number of other writers.
Some pundits decry that technology and its ilk are fragmenting the world. I say instead, it’s bringing us closer together with our stories and shared experiences. It’s only now, in the 21st century, that I’m learning what it truly means to be a writer.
D. Savannah George is a multi-disciplinary artist – she writes, paints, crochets, takes photographs, and makes beaded jewelry, bookmarks, and notecards. She is a member of the Ozark Arts Council, the Harrison Art League, and the Arkansas Artist Registry. She has published several short stories and a number of poems, as well as numerous articles in various newspapers and magazines. She has won several awards for her writing. Her first book, A Spicy Secret, #22 in the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series, will be released in January 2013.
She received her Master of Arts degree in communications (cum laude) from Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications (cum laude) from Berry College in Mt. Berry, Ga. She moved to Harrison, Arkansas, in 2006 from the coast of Georgia, and lives on four acres outside the town with her husband, dog, turtle, and two cats.
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