FB it’s not just for Trolls

Sometimes blogging is easy. Sometimes, most times even, it’s fun. Sometimes, I scratch my head wondering what I have to share that would make anyone’s life more enjoyable in my morning blog and like procrastinators and semi-mad people everywhere, I look to FB or other social media for inspiration.

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This morning I did just that and got smacked in the head with something obvious ~ I love my job. Not every aspect of it and not every day, but for the most part I get to spend time loving what I do. So, I thought in my most thoughtful FB scrolling way, most people probably love how they spend part of their day, if it’s not their job, it’s a hobby or passion or their family that bring that, I’m-so-lucky-to-have-this-in-my-life feeling.

While I was trolling FB feeling sorry for myself about another aspect of my life and how it’s hurting me, I posted. Mostly without thought, one of those things that just happens when an image pops up and I think it’s the Universe speaking, and it occurred to me, I have a lot to be happy about and I should get on with that and let my grouching go.

My post had to do with research I’m doing on my current work in progress set in Alba (Scotland) around 900 AD. FB, oddly enough, has often been a jumping in point for various aspects of my research which also involves Druidic lore, Celtic myth and spirituality, as well as scientific knowledge~the magic of its time.

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Some people may be groaning with boredom at the thought. This just gets me jazzed.

So jazzed in fact, that it’s tempting to spend half my day researching. Some days that’s just what I do. Invariably only small threads of that research makes it into my books, and yet I get to visit exotic locations, imagine myself in different times, living a rich but foreign life. And when time and finances allow, I get to visit the places I write about. That makes this life choice exhilarating and meaningful.

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Two of my FB friends posted this morning on their research. One posted about a baby elephant’s relationship with her human caregiver. The other about the research she was doing on MS and finding a cure. It’s amazing to me how much we learn about the different aspects of life as authors and how much that knowledge can lead to differingย  perspectives, personal growth, and change. Knowledge often leads to activism and even when it doesn’t, a change of perspective, if only momentary, is healthy. I’ve always had a great respect for authors, artists, song writers and story-tellers of all genres and inclinations, because they are able to evoke empathy and a sense of connection than spans disparate groups and communities.

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Just like FB has the potential to do.

It may seem that those moments trolling are spent in frivolous abandon. If they are, so what? Frivolity can often lead to productivity given enough imagination. And, connecting with people you may have very little in common with on the surface in a way that celebrates what we have in common on a basic level is time well spent.

This, I think, is a skill and a gift. I hope I can become skilled enough to connect with readers of all sorts on a very human level and I’m thankful I get to work at it every day.

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, a hobby, or for recreation. It doesn’t matter if it seems boring to those around you. If it’s meaningful to you and brings you joy or otherwise enhances your life, it’s good. If it helps you connect with others, even better.

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I now have the Life is Good mantra: ‘Do what you like, like what you do’ running through my head. What do you like to do? Do you post about it on FB or other social media? How does what you do enhance your life? Do you chose to share that with others around you? Is it easier to share it with strangers online than with friends you see daily/weekly/often? Can’t wait to hear about what you like/love and how you share it with the world.

Happy Wednesday!

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10 Responses to FB it’s not just for Trolls

  1. I love to travel and if being a professional traveler were a possibility, I would stop everything in a heart beat and do my own cultural research and bring my family and closest friends along! History is fascinating and the passion you’re expressing toward your research is exciting! I wish you the best in continuing your research ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the post Leigh!

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      Thanks for the well-wishes, Hope. I’m with you. I’d spend at least half my year traveling and learning and experiencing if I could financially do it and if my children could come with me. It’s always good to travel, it makes coming home pretty wonderful too. May you get the opportunity to travel as much as you’d like and enjoy your home when you are there. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. susanrhughes says:

    Research is sometimes frustrating, especially when you can’t find an answer to a specific question and you just want to get back to writing, but I always learn a lot doing research. I don’t want to ever stop learning new things.

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      I know what you mean about getting back to writing. That always seems to be a balance issue for me. When I can’t find the answer I’m looking for, I usually skip over it and leave a blank or a series of XXXXXXXXXX add research on Y XXXXXXXX entries and come back. If I can’t find it before too many words/chapters are past, then I let it go. Frustrating in the extreme because on the rare occasions that happens, I have to rewrite; ICK!

      You won’t ever stop learning, Susan. Not when it’s on your mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Soooo Happy with the box set covers!

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  3. monarisk says:

    Strange enough I don’t do research per say. What I mean is that I go through an event or I travel to a place or I discuss with someone, and then the ideas come and I realize I know so much about that place or that event, I absolutely need to write about it. I wrote a paranormal mythological novel, Osiris’ Missing Part, following a Nile cruise and a visit to the monuments of Egypt. I brought back so many brochures about ancient gods and a map of Ancient Egypt, in addition to the thousands pictures I took.

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      I’d love to visit Egypt, how wonderful that you have that experience to call upon and share in your writing. My last two novels have been very technical…as an example I needed to know about crucible steel and sword making techniques that are now over one thousand years old. Not smart enough to carry that in my head, although if I write about it again at least I’ll have the big things to draw upon :). I love that fact that you can visit a place and write about it. It’s a good life!

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  4. Carol says:

    I’m another die-hard researcher. I’d spend half my time researching if it were possible! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t always use all information either, but it’s in the back of my mind as I write and I think even that helps form a story.

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  5. leighmorgan1 says:

    It helps me form a story too Carol. I get ideas from travel like Mona, but I like to research so I delve in. That tends to feed itself and before I know it I’ve got even more info for future stories as well as allowing me to layer in stuff that is just cool. (History, Lore, Special Skill Knowledge…etc.). I think I do it because I like it :). I’m curious what sparks your research? Do you see an article, a FB post, or do you have an “ah-ha” … “what if” moment and run with it? I love hearing what gets writers and artists going in their creations. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Carol says:

      What sparks my research? What doesn’t? lol An idea for a novel, a question from my grandson, a place I’ve visited or never visited before, yes even an article. A thought, a line from eavesdropping at a restaurant, the grocery store, wherever. Two miles down the road or overseas. I never know when that ah-ha moment will strike, and when it does, I want to make sure I have the facts right.

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  6. E. Ayers says:

    My historic research on Wyoming and the Crow tribe has sent me in all sorts of directions and it all started with a few people asking for the diary that was in my A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming. I’ve had so much fun learning and sometimes my research has led me to tears.

    But I’m amazed at how wonderful people are about sharing information. I’ve had a railroad company feed me so much info and they were thrilled to provide it. They have a historian on staff!

    It’s always just been history but when writing our characters – it makes it real. I know this sounds crazy, but my characters are alive within me so what they go through emotionally – I go through.
    I do think that research keeps our minds active. New things are important to learn. It’s brain exercise.

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