Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

The Magic and The Price of Virtual … Reality?

Two weeks away from the Magic Mirror!

I am so sorry! Inexcusable! Unacceptable!

Here is my excuse, anyway: my manuscript. I’ve been re-writing. Re-thinking. Re-plotting. The different possibilities of my emerging story have been driving me wild.

Even with all that, though, I couldn’t stay away from the web — that sticky virtual web of Facebook-twitter-blogs-gossip. Even in the midst of working out a thorny plot problem (especially in the midst of working out a thorny plot problem?) I just had to stop all and go take a peek.

What’s everyone doing? What will J.K. Rowling’s new novel be about? What’s this twitter story about a boy? How did this author make it? What’s my agent up to, lately?

Etc., etc., etc.

I think the Internet is a wonder, its own kind of magic. Oh the connections. The new friendships. The opportunities. The information. The motivation. The gossip. The powerful writing. The occasional laughs.

Oh, the incessant blah-blah-blah of it. Oh the hours down the drain. Oh.

Yeah. Every wonder has its price.

I guess I am trying to make some decisions, even as I write this. Should I post here more often? Maybe even daily? Something about the idea of such discipline appeals to me. (Or would you get sick of me if I do?) Or — or, or, or — should I do the total opposite and limit my check-ins with the virtual world to, like once, a week, say Sundays, and be really really strict about that? (I’ve tried that before and failed miserably, but hey, I could always try again!)

Oh, the choices. Always the choices. It’s just like revising, those twisty pathways keep beckoning me in a zillion directions. At least in real life I have been getting better with making big decisions, lately. And here I am, trying to make one more.

What do you guys think? How do you do it? How do you keep that balance between what is precious to you in your so-called real life, and what’s exciting, useful, necessary, lovely in this crazy new world we have created?

And who is to say which world is more real anymore?


February 24, 2012 Posted by | Personal Mirror, Writing Mirror | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Hello world!

What a terrifying and exciting journey, to be starting this blog. But then again, anything worthy is like that: a little scary.

I hope this blog will be part journal, part sounding board, part magic mirror, through which I look back and sometimes glance forward. But most of all I hope this will be a conversation. Once upon a time I belonged to the now extinct species: a Soviet Jew. Now I am so much more: a writer, a dreamer, a mama, a still smitten wife, a journalist, an aspiring teacher. Also, I am a student of the human soul.

This blog is one of many ways of stepping outside my charming little writing space in Manahawkin, New Jersey, and my chocolate-smelling life as this writer in pajamas. I am still feeling really shy and self-conscious. But I am a little giddy too. Standing in my socks on the threshold of what I feel is a new period in my life, I breathe in the wind. I am waving my hand at anyone who cares to wave back, and saying, “Hi there!”

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Personal Mirror | | 7 Comments