As I was finishing my revisions last night, news started trickling in about the earthquake in Christchurch. I immediately thought of 2 writer friends, Natalie Anderson and Soraya Lane. Nat lives a ways away in another town and Soraya is more rural but both are close enough that without knowing much info it was a worry. Both are fine, their families are fine. Both are understandably devastated about the condition of their beautiful city.
It really made me think. It was only a few weeks ago that our "circle" of writers was worried about Olivia Gates in Egypt. Before that it was Barb Hannay during Cyclone Yasi. And before that, Ally Blake during the flooding in Brisbane.
It kind of freaks me out. The news out of north Africa these days is disturbing and unsettling as things shake down. The world is crazy. I'm not much of a doomsday prophesizer, but more than once I have thought...is there something bigger really going on here?
And then I think maybe no...it's just that we're so connected globally that we KNOW what's going on as it happens.
Either way...I went to bed counting my blessings.