The Art of Science: Day 3

See what Shanachie has to say at Livejournal.

Or, see the two of us try to figure out a good story for how we met. That’s always a worthwhile venture! The font is a little troublesome until you hit the comments page, so please hang in there until she fixes it.

So many of us have great stories for how we meet people, it seems odd that both of us can’t remember. We share our lives in stories, some fictional and some not – and some of them a curious blend between the two. Do you remember how you met all your friends? Some of them might be a long distance off in memory and faded. A couple outrageous ones are unforgetable. (Like that time one of my friends hit me with her flag pole – on my head! That hurt, but we became great friends.)

I try to bring that richness of experience to my writing. You’ll have to stay tuned to let me know if I’ve succeeded.

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Reconnections

Social networking sites are fun, time-consuming, and yet still worthwhile for getting the word out. I set up a page on Facebook as a writer, and I have 17 fans! Okay, I knew them all already, so far, but that doesn’t meanĀ  the word isn’t getting out. We all start with people we know and build an audience from there.

At least it’s a nice start.

I heard over the holidays that a bunch of the creative/artist types are at LiveJournal, but I haven’t checked that out yet. It’s always about balancing the time we have between what we want to do (the creative bit), what we have to do (promotion and marketing), and distractions (oh, my friend is online and I haven’t chatted with her in forever).

I like to add things slowly, but then I get excited and do more. Then I remember that I’d really rather focus on my creative efforts, and sometimes I miss something.

Lists are wonderful for that. So are emailed reminders.

Holiday Cards

I wait for them in the mail, but don’t usually get as many as I send. I’m trying to update my list, so if I haven’t heard from someone in several years (at least 3) I usually figure they’re not into the card thing. If there hasn’t been other contact, it’s time to take them off the list.

But I did find one useful thing about holiday letters for people I haven’t been in touch with the best: they get updates on me they don’t always hear through the friend grapevine. Sure, everyone manages to share the pregnancy and the relocation, but somehow the upcoming novel dropped off the radar.

If only I could tell them all in person. Maybe next book!

On Happiness

Do you notice the moods of others and how they affect you?

I am not sure I did as much when I was younger. I had a couple friends that were very negative for several years. I noticed it much more when we stopped hanging out as a group. One in particular brought out much more negative emotions, and when my time included others with more positive attitudes, I saw a big shift in my overall moods.

That isn’t to say I don’t have bad moods or good moods on my own. I just really agree with the article listed below that the people around you can really affect how you perceive things. I find it a little disconcerting that my friends’ friends could affect me as much as they do, but I also think if you choose well the people you spend time with, they’ve also generally made similar choices.

Choosing to be happy might only be half the battle, but it is a battle with a potentially winning strategy.

See more: Happiness may be contagious