Once upon a time, our circle of "friends" included only those from school, work, family and perhaps a traveling experience. We occasionally had a "pen pal" with whom we might correspond for a lifetime and perhaps meet in person. Today's "friends" and "pen pals" may number tens of thousands through the magic of the Internet. I don't claim that number, but I am grateful for several people I would never know except for writing Arirang: The Bamboo Connection and Ghost Orchid and becoming acquainted on author message boards.
Through the message board at Amazon Shorts (now defunct), I met E. Don Harpe (author and editor) and Rebecca Buckley, (author and publisher ) that led to the anthology, The World Outside My Window, with 19 authors contributing original stories connected by the window theme, "Rose's Question," the story by D. K. Christi. Few of the 19 contributors who collectively joined together to produce the anthology knew each other before the project began except through the forums.
Forever Travels, Shelagh Watkins, Editor, is a collection of stories for the armchair traveler that wants the excitement of "being there" or the traveler who wants to relive their own memories, hopes and dreams from an exotic, foreign experience. Over thirty stories were selected for this anthology, and Shelagh Watkins is an excellent editor! She has several anthologies to her credit with rave reviews. Just released and available at Lulu.com; it carries almost 40% in temporrary discounts with its release in time for the holiday season. The cover alone is a travel treasure.
What makes the anthology dear to me is the editor. Shelagh Watkins is in the U.K. and we've only met via author forums, most recently www.publishedauthors.org, a forum she currently moderates. She wrote a lovely children's book, Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine that received a lot of press, but not the fame and fortune for which authors hunger. It's a delightful story that reveals philosophical truths in league with all good literature. Through the modern marvel of the Internet, we have met and gained respect for each other's professional interest in quality literature, our own or that of our colleagues.
Forever Travels includes "Don't Worry - Be Happy" by D. K. Christi, a short story about a woman's terror climbing the 200 foot Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. Foreign travels take twists and turns to experience local color that may include activities never otherwise pursued! Each story is unique in the diversity of the writers (from across the world), the genre variety, and the delightful points of view that exotic locations reveal.
With the holidays at hand, a collection of anthologies and gift books are always an appropriate hostess gift. In the meantime, I am thankful for the special people that add to my life experience through the magic of the Internet.
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