Yosemite was a wonderful getaway. We hiked to two different waterfalls, got snowed in on Wednesday (who knew you could get 8 inches of snow in April??!!) and had a fabulous time reading, writing, playing Yahtzee and roasting marshmallows.
My son was shocked to discover that our cabin did not provide internet access. He couldn’t believe that people (in America especially!) live without the internet. Ha! When I was his age we still had to get up and walk to the tv to change channels. Computers took up entire rooms and cell phones didn’t exist. I’m still amazed by how much technology has changed in my short lifetime. In the 10 years since I became aware of the internet it has advanced in leaps and bounds. Remember dial up? And waiting forever for images to download?
My favorite thing about the internet is being able to research any given topic almost instantly. If I’m looking for information about presidents or faeries, publishers or agents, I know can find answers on the internet. And while it might not always be accurate, at least it’s a good staring place.
I found this in my email when I got home. Fourteen days to go and I’m getting more comfortable with my pitch. It doesn’t always come out exactly the same way when I say it, but the important elements are there and hopefully my enthusiasm shines through. My book on pitching recommends thinking in terms of sound bytes, or pretending that I’m being interviewed on a television show. I had fun pretending I was being asked questions and figuring out my responses. The practice also helped me solidify the most important points for my pitch. And the internet has helped me research the people I’m going to be pitching.
Drew’s right…how do people live without the internet?