I’ve just watched a movie clip of my grandson lip-syncing and doing the living room dance to a song from Frozen, “Let it Go.” In the background I could see and hear the movie on TV and in the foreground our six-year-old gave it everything he had. He even ended up on the floor in a dramatic pose. So much fun! (Here’s the official Disney link, in case you need a refresher, like me.)
It got me thinking about technology and its effects on the generation growing up now as compared to earlier generations. Does all of this media/technology our kids see at every turn make them less inhibited?
I grew up in a performing family but even my brothers and I needed encouragement to belt out songs for various groups where our mother took us to sing. Fortunately she got us the training to be able to sing with confidence but we were pretty much the only ones of our friends who performed at church or in the local music festival. I even remember performing at my grandmother’s Philathea group. (Don’t ask me what that means!)
So, are our kids less inhibited than we were?
Certainly we humans mimic those around us so that if we see all of these movies with fabulous songs and characters we’re most likely going to ape them. Aren’t we? But will we take the time to learn how to perform them ourselves or will the lip-syncing be as far as we go? I don’t know. The world changes; all of these new gadgets help it change, for sure. I’m just not sure the gadgets change personalities.
My mother always told me she was a very shy child and only as an adult grew to be the respected leader of many charity and church groups. She even ran as a political candidate. When she was eleven, however, in the 1930’s, she walked into the local radio station and asked if they would hire her to sing. They did. She landed her own fifteen-minute weekly radio show where she performed new songs every week and they paid her. And this from a shy child!
Here’s our wedding day picture. Not only was my mother marrying off her oldest daughter and making sure every detail was perfect, she also was our guest soloist. There was no one else I wanted. What a gift that was.
So, I guess what I’m saying is technology is great for helping with the delivery of talent but doesn’t take its place. And the same thing is happening for and to writers. Technology has made our journey to publication easier in many respects from the actual writing and editing to publishing and marketing our babies. I’m so glad it has. It has not cancelled out the need for authors to write well, to learn the trade, to edit for perfection and to never be satisfied with mediocrity. That all still needs to come from the writer’s soul so that every now and again we can stand on a stage and “let it go” as a reward for our diligence.
For a schedule of some of the places I’m letting it go take a peek at my Events section on my website. And either electronically or in person, come visit!
For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!
The Loyalist’s Luck, Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.
The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!
by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship
Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards
When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.