Aloha. Thank you for spending a few minutes with my blog. I am not just being polite. Your time is valuable, and you are sharing it with me.
When I began thinking about this blog, I did some research. According to En.wordpress.com/stats, there are over 55 million blog sites at wordpress.com alone. WordPress reports 500,000 new posts daily, and 600,000 comments. How incredible that so many of us reach out to share our news and interests with a global audience. I am humbled to join such a huge community.
If you’ve been around my website, you know quite a bit about my interests already. If you came directly here, then take a few minutes to stroll around my digital paradise. Be at home. My first few posts will be about writing. And, then I’ll share experiences from my upcoming visit to England – last bastion of true royal pageantry.
I call myself a writer, but who is that, exactly? And, what is the difference between a “writer” and an “author”? [Sidebar: I once owned a card game called “Authors.” It was like “Go Fish” except with authors’ pictures. Louisa May Alcott was the only woman. I suppose Miss Abbot did not approve of Mary Wollstonecraft.]
However, I digress. Getting back to the main point, I made a quick visit to Dictionary.com. Here it says a writer is a person engaged in writing (there’s a news flash), or a person who commits his or her thoughts to writing. An author, on the other hand, is a person who writes a novel, or some other literary work. An author “creates” things. Unlike the author of important literary works for serious people, the writer writes books, articles, stories, especially as an occupation (like a journalist I suppose). So, I guess a writer hopes to earn a living and an author keeps his or her day job while writing something for future English majors to analyze.
I define a writer as someone who wants to communicate with all kinds of people – not just English majors or people who read the “New York Review of Books.” I have stories to tell about real people (mostly women) who struggled to live the best way they could with the goal of leaving the world a better place than they found it. I have experiences and observations from my travels to share. I hope these topics interest you and that you will return.
Sandra Wagner-Wright holds the doctoral degree in history and taught women’s and global history at the University of Hawai`i. Sandra travels for her research, most recently to Salem, Massachusetts, the setting of her new Salem Stories series. She also enjoys traveling for new experiences. Recent trips include Antarctica and a river cruise on the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel.
Sandra particularly likes writing about strong women who make a difference. She lives in Hilo, Hawai`i with her family and writes a blog relating to history, travel, and the idiosyncrasies of life.