This morning, I woke up to the realization that I didn't schedule my slot on the blog and neither did I have a subject to blog about. This is unusual for me because I'm a scheduler. I plan ahead. Not so today. For the last couple of weeks I've worked on nothing but edits for various projects. I managed to eek out a chapter in the WIP but mostly it's been edits.
My brain is mush.
Which is a good lead-in for this post, I guess.
It used to be that folks dressed up on Halloween--All Hallow's Eve--to trick the evil spirits visiting the mortal realm. You see, on Halloween, the veil between the Other Realm and the Mortal Realm supposedly weakens and allows the dead to visit our world for one night. Thus the need for costumes to "fool" the evil ones so they won't bother us.
That got me to thinking. In this day and age of globalization, since we're "out there" all over the web, are those pictures and profiles of laughing happy people really our true selves or do we wear a mask and costume?
Do we hide behind a persona so no one can figure out we're not the alleged exciting, positive, upbeat people we strive to portray? No one's picture ever shows a bad day, a frown, the snarkiness or the muck we deal with on a daily basis.
What do we hide? What are we not telling you?
If you met us in person, would we be the same person you know online?
I'd like to think so but who can say for sure? Have we been honest with anyone we've met or do we cling to a costume so as not to let people get close?
It's time to take the mask off. Good, bad or the ugly, let us see. We'll understand. We're not quite...perfect either ;-)
Halloween's this weekend and while you're slumped, exhausted, on the sofa due to sugar overload, think about picking up a ghost story--mine! This is the last week to get The Haunting of Amelia Pritchart for a discounted price over at The Wild Rose Press. http://www.thewildrosepress.com
Until the next time, happy writing.