Skype has significantly expanded the ways in which authors can connect with readers. Some weeks ago, Boston-based artist Bren Bataclan contacted me through this website to invite me to chat with the Boston Filipino American Book Club. Skype has its challenges and there were a few dropped calls, but overall, the discussion was lively and chatting with readers across the country was a genuine delight.
Each skype session offers an opportunity to learn from one’s mistakes. The first couple of sessions, I realized in hindsight that backlighting puts my face in shadow. When Bren sent me a photo they’d taken during the session I realized that given the small frame of a laptop screen, I looked virtually naked in my spaghetti-strapped sundress. California’s been too hot lately to wear anything else, but I should have known better. Live and learn.