Don And Tom Reconnect WOWI

On a typical marvelous day in Coupeville, Don and I found an opportunity to set these podcasts back on their original track. At the start, we crafted these episodes based on our resources, i.e. two guys, a microphone, an interest in highlighting the writing community of Whidbey Island, and a willingness to adapt and learn. Writers are creative people. We did what we could with what we had. The pandemic changed things (understatement.) And now, thanks to responsible folks wearing masks and getting vaccinated, enough progress has been made that we could return to something like our original concept. Uh. How did we do this a little more than a year ago? We begin again. 

We started with live, largely uncut interviews and discussions with various members of the expansive yet unofficial Whidbey Island writing community. Guests included writers, of course, but also editors, publishers, poets, librarians, book sellers, book collectors, etc. Our community is varied. Whidbey Island is varied, too. So, we recorded at a variety of locations. The background became part of the show. Listen for ambience that includes jets, turkeys, dogs, businesses, pedestrians, etc. The island provides a long list to include.

Then, the pandemic hit. Zoom this. Google Meet that. Everyone was remote. Everyone was required to have a bit of technological skill. And of course that thing we all needed, a sense of humor, somehow.

Now, we’re back – or at least we hope we are – sort of. For the first time in over a year, Don and I recorded a live, masked-face-to-masked-face episode. The bonus was a setting that included the sounds of eagles, people, and maybe a ferry. Our personal bonus was a view of the Sound, Port Townsend, the Olympics, and the usual extraordinary panoramas from near the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Why not include someone as a guest? Well, partly, we had to see if we remembered all of the gadgets and setup considerations. (Good thing Don remembered the extra batteries.)

It was good to reconnect and remember those other bits of communication that are harder to convey online. Body language, hand signals, stifled laughs – as well as a reminder to not bump the microphone.

And there was a lot to talk about. Those months weren’t wasted. Turning binge watching into a way to research writers’s styles. A surplus of uninterrupted time to write. Dealing with a support network, or at least fellow writers, that are necessarily more remote. Marketing campaigns that can’t rely on readings, signings, panels, or talks. 

Listen for our personal adaptations and approaches, as well as progress in our individual projects – including opening hints about a possible group project for sci-fi writers. 

If you have a story to tell about your recently released book, how you managed your marketing campaign, how your business survived, how your organization adapted, whatever, send us a note about possibly being one of our guests. (If we get too many we might have to put all the names in a basket and see what luck provides.)

Writing on Whidbey Island (WOWI) episode 23 – Don and Tom Reconnect


4 thoughts on “Don And Tom Reconnect WOWI

    1. Good to hear from you. Currently there is no organized resource for tracking such groups (the excellent one accidentally imploded a few years ago.) The best resources I can think of this morning are: the Whidbey Authors Facebook Group (I’m an admin, come on in), the local libraries usually know of someone doing such things, or give me (Tom) a call 425-765-6295 and we can share notes about what you’re looking for. Good luck!

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      1. HI Tom, Believe or not, I’m not on FB any more. Some entity assumed it and FB security closed my account and said I couldn’t be involved any more because of the entity. I had two factor id and I still get attempts to get into the closed account. Could you just keep me apprised of what’s going on with your FB group? My phone number is (425) 281-1009. Debora Buerk

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      2. Alas, I only visit that site on occasion as well. If I find a list of writers groups I’ll probably mention it on AboutWhidbey.com or WritingonWhidbeyIsland.com . Sorry that you can’t get back in. This stuff isn’t very reliable. Ah ha! I just realized: do you want to set up a subreddit? That might fill the gap. Otherwise, I suggest keeping in contact with Don and I via Twitter: @WIBakingCo and @tetrimbath. Good luck.

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