Jane Austen

Global HeartWarming

Today there’s awful news about explosions in Norway. Now, back in the time of our heroes and heroines, it would have taken days, maybe longer, to find out about things happening in other countries. Now it’s seconds. And people are responding to the crisis with sympathy and offers of help, as they should.

It’s my belief that the more you can find commonality with someone, the more sympathetic you are. It’s not a controversial opinion, and it is why I think many city-dwellers are more comfortable with people of other ethnicities than people who live in more segregated (no pejoratives meant) communities.

Anyway. One way that many of us in the romance community find commonality with others is through our shared interest in books. This is a theme I have talked often about, the great joy and amazing friends I’ve found through reading. It’s hard to dislike someone if they love Loretta Chase as much as you do, for example. Or perhaps if you find you have reading in common, you might find other areas you can discuss.

Not that global crises such as what might have happened in Norway could be solved if we all shared a book; I’m not even close to that naive. But the commonality of reading makes me appreciate what I’ve learned through that sharing with others.

I’m grateful for that, so thanks to all my friends, both on- and off-line.


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Keira Soleore
11 years ago

Megan, I’m grateful for my online friends for their friendship and for all they do to inform and educate. I learn so much every day and could not get through my days without them.

Glad to know we are united by our mutual love of Loretta Chase among other loves. (Alas, I cannot share your love of Clive.)

Barbara Monajem
11 years ago

Include me in the Loretta Chase Admiration Society and the thankfulness for online friends. 🙂

Louisa Cornell
11 years ago

The Loretta Chase Appreciation Society? Where do I sign up?

Speaking of wonderful friends I first met online – So good to see you here, Keira! I’ve missed you!

The romance reading and writing community has been such a gift to me. I’ve met so many wonderful friends and learned so much!

And what’s wrong with Clive?

Keira Soleore
11 years ago

@Louisa: *waves madly* I’m back and ’tis so good to be so. I’ve missed my friends.

Nothing’s wrong with Clive, per se. I’m just not fannish about him.

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