Paula’s Post #68 – First off: my sincere apologies for missing last week’s blog post. While it is hard to explain to the uninitiated, sometimes life in the desert oasis known as Palm Springs can be overwhelmingly hectic.
I know, I know, I’m not complaining… really I’m not. But with half a dozen eager home buyers in town, all clamouring to see properties in a week that started off with the finals of the BNP Paribas Open and ended with the fierce international rivalry of the Canada vs. USA golf team challenge at my home club of Rancho La Quinta… whoa! I’ve been busy.
Happily though. Last week marked my very first ‘sale’ of a stunning desert property as an agent with Hom Sotheby’s International Realty.
So, my sincere apologies, but something had to give!
Happily, this week looks like an equally crazy one. After a few months in the ‘beta’ stage, my personal website just launched and ‘paulathird.com‘ is up and running. I’m really excited, because one of the important features of my new website is a ‘blog’ section where I’ll be posting updates and features of interest to my followers. Imagine my delight when i discovered the platform for this new blog is WordPress blog, the functionality not unlike the one we are using here at 5writers5novels5months.com
Already, I’ve decided to ‘rethink’ the usual kind of real estate blog. I don’t want to produce a weekly column full of market data and dry stats and info about economic trends. Instead, given my storytelling background and my experience with the 5writers blog, I’d like to use this new platform to inform my readers of what it is like to actually live here in the beautiful California desert, to spin stories that reflect the history, the culture and unique California Desert lifestyle. My challenge? To make it sound so delicious, everyone will want to be here!
So thank you 5writers blog for giving me build the skills and confidence over the last 5months to seamlessly transfer these blogging skills to my new platform. Oh, and don’t worry, I’ll always be a ‘5writer’.
Which brings me to this week’s topic: “Why stories matter.”
I was driving to my office this morning with the car radio dial tuned to NPR. The Diane Rehm Show invariably seems to be on when I’m driving this particular idyllic stretch of Hwy 111, and I’ve become a fan of her insightful interview show. So I was of course delighted and intrigued to hear one of her scheduled features this week will be a discussion of ‘Why fiction matters.’
I just caught the promo for this feature as I pulled into my office parking lot, only to be horrified by the statement that a recent study reveals that less than half of all Americans are still reading novels today.
Seriously? What about Canadians?, my brain screams back. Surely the Brits must still read, even if they are responsible for having us all glued to the latest episode of ‘Downton Abbey‘? After all, the Brits more or less ‘invented’ English Literature. Hell, they more or less invented English. More than half of them must still be reading novels.
I was comforted to hear that the news is not all bleak. Apparently the same study suggests that those who do read fiction are better able to understand the emotions of others. The show, scheduled for tomorrow, promises ‘…A conversation about the social and personal benefits of reading fiction.’
Fine. But as I walked into my office, focused on getting out this blog post before doing any actual ‘work-work’ I determined I would blog about ‘why fiction matters’.
I mean, think about it. It’s obvious really. Simple math:
No readers = No books.
No books = No writers.
These are not happy equations. Not for a 5writer. Not for any writer.
A few taps on the keyboard, a few google searches and…. guess what? Someone already beat me to it!
I hope you’ll read what he has to say, tune into Diane Rehn’s show, and hopefully take the time to tell me why, for you, fiction still matters.
Unfortunately, if you are reading this blog, I suspect you already fall into the ‘less than half’ group. Sigh. Maybe you can find someone on the dark side, someone who doesn’t read fiction, and ask them… why not?