My older son got married last week. I’m so happy for him! He and his new wife are currently on their honeymoon in Europe. My husband Fred and I, married 31 years, were talking about how communications were so different when we traveled abroad–some of our trips long before we even met each other–and how difficult it was to keep in touch with family. Not so, today!
We live in an amazing era! I’m definitely a technology dunce, but the stuff I’ve been able to learn is still incredible. For one thing, I’m proficient in using at least part of my computer–for word processing for my writing, and e-mail. I’ve communicated several times with my son via e-mail, learning about where they are and the wonderful sightseeing theyÂ¢re doing, as well as getting questions answered about some holiday-related matters for later this year. A few of our return message got through almost instantaneously, even though we weren’t using instant messenger. He also called me on my cell phone–another technological wonder–while I was out for breakfast and he was enjoying the sunset. We talked for quite a while, since he had bought an inexpensive phone card there.
Our younger son is also traveling in Europe, although in different places from the honeymooners. Fred has communicated with him, too, via text messages.
Years ago, if we didn’t hear from a loved one who was traveling, we might be concerned about them but didn’t worry, since we didn’t expect to be in contact. Today, though, our expectations, or at least our hopes, are different. Not hearing back for a while can cause more consternation.
Hmmm. I may use that in a suspense story one of these days…
Linda O. Johnston www.LindaOJohnston.com www.KillerHobbies.blogspot.com
Linda O. Johnston is the author of 14 romance novels as well as the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime–and has 2 Silhouette Nocturnes and a Nocturne Bites upcoming!
And yes, this era of instant communication–instant everything–boggles the mind and totally changes expectations, huh?
Hope to see you soon,
on October 6, 2008
Good premise, Marianne. I’ll look forward to reading why she couldn’t reach them! –Linda
on October 6, 2008
Hi Linda, In my current WIP my main character comes home from a trip to Europe early because she can’t contact her family or friends. Having current technology NOT work is a great premise because weâ€™ve all experienced that â€“Oh no. What do I do NOW?â€“feeling