Back in January, I blogged about someone I met several years ago on Twitter. (‘It’s My Call’, January 27, 2015) I will be heading down to California on Thursday to see some very dear family friends in San Francisco (my favourite town) and then to Sacramento to see another longtime friend/sister who I’ve known for a lifetime. It will be during my stay in Sacramento that I will finally meet (for reals) my Twitter ghost, the person I arbitrarily connected with online for a writing collaboration years ago, but who I know is real.
This is nothing like meeting someone on a chat site and then going to meet them. This is not something that was created for an episode on reality television nor a story fictionalized for a book. This is a totally random act of creativity, reaching out to a wider community, and trust. Mostly about trust.
I didn’t have to answer his call for a collaborator years ago, and of course at the time I wondered whether it was even for real. But something said ‘what do you have to lose?’ so I took a chance. I’m not saying take risky chances or throw yourself out there on the internet. Use your intuition, your sensory skills. This writing collaboration felt safe and once we began, I knew my new friend was to be trusted.
And so our writing journey began and I hope will not end any time soon. I believe we are the real writers – the ones who keep putting words to paper to voice to the outer limits. The ones who keep it going – together – unafraid to share and collaborate because by doing so, our work becomes richer, stronger and so much more powerful.
See you soon, GB