Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Into Infinity by Janet Gogerty

Delighted to welcome Janet Gogerty to the Archive post series and her first post, explores keeping diaries and the possibility that our writings might last forever.

Into Infinity by Janet Gogerty

Do you keep a diary or resolve to keep one every New Year? Many years ago I was given a five year diary which lasted at least a decade of good intentions and still has many blank pages, but it does record some major life events; if anyone can ever decipher the tiny writing crammed into the allotted space per day and year.

In more recent years I received a handsome note book blissfully free of dates. I vowed to keep a journal for the purpose of preserving the art of handwriting and recording family history. Released from the obligation of daily jotting I would devote several pages to important events and places and people visited. I haven’t yet recorded Christmas.

But I am onto the third gift journal. Each entry begins with a few neat sentences but quickly deteriorates into a cramped scrawl, especially if I am lounging with my feet up on the sofa. I imagine the diarists of old would need to sit upright at their bureaus to be able to handle their quill and ink.

In the unlikely event of me becoming a famous author posthumously, will my family be tempted to burn these diaries and journals to protect my reputation? If they bother to look at them they will find no scandal (there is none to help in the fame stakes), no salacious details of non writing activities at home. Hopefully my jottings will be a unique personal account of everyday life in the early years of the Twenty First Century.

And which will last longer, the paper books or this Blog? When I needed to look up a previous Goodreads blog about the River Thames I typed in ‘Janet Gogerty Sandscript River Thames’ and up it came, from over three years ago; will it be there forever? Will our WordPress Blogs float through the ether into eternity or only until the internet is switched off?

Like radio waves going on forever into space will the billions of words on the internet still be out there somewhere when the whole infrastructure collapses and the electricity is switched off for good? Will our Facebook posts and e-mails be accessible to clever alien archaeologists or future earth scientists? If so then, Greetings from 2017 A.D.

©Janet Gogerty 2017

My thanks to Janet for this post that reminds us, that what we might right today, may be accessible long after man has left this planet to inhabit some other as yet unmolested earth substitute. The thought of an alien reading some of my books is comforting. I wonder if they would do reviews!

Books by Janet Gogerty

About Brief Encounters of the Third Kind (Book 1)

In the early years of the Twenty First Century, widow Susan Dexter has more to worry about than the recession. For thirty years she has kept a secret; she is not sure if her daughter is human. New events lead her to other people who need to find the truth.
How do ordinary people cope with the extraordinary?
Mystery, music and medicine are at the heart of this family saga; sub plots are woven amongst several very different love stories, as the characters question what it is to be human and what is reality.

One of the reviews for the book.

Brief Encounters of the Third Kind is anything but brief. It is a meaty story that kept me entertained until the end. It left me wanting a sequel. I believe Janet Gogerty has a great story that could lead to further adventures.

The pace is moderate, but there is terrific character development. Each persona is different and robust. Emma is an unusual character and we can see the strain that she is placed under due to her uniqueness, which results in perfectly normal behaviour for someone who is anything but ordinary. We see her in a very human and fallible light.

At times, I was so engrossed in the story and the characters that I forgot that I was reading science fiction. With a few shocking moments toward the end, Brief Encounters of the Third Kind will keep you reading past your bedtime.

I’m rather hoping there are further adventures and that Janet Gogerty writes a follow up. I think we would all like to hear about little Adam. What happens to him? What does he become in time? I found baby Adam fascinating and well written.

If you are looking for a great story, with wonder character development, and a little bit of science fiction, then read Brief Encounters of the Third Kind.

Find all of Janet’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janet-Gogerty/e/B00A8FWDMU

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Janet-Gogerty/e/B00A8FWDMU

Read more reviews and follow Janet on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7236471.Janet_Gogerty

About Janet Gogerty

I have been writing frantically for 10 years and still enjoy being part of two writing groups. I am inspired by anything and everything and enjoy writing about ordinary people; but usually they find themselves experiencing strange events! When I was encouraged to tackle a novel my daughter suggested I use my short story ‘Brief Encounters of the Third Kind’ as she wanted to know what happened to Emma, whose fate had been left in the air at the end of the story.

The novel became a trilogy, Three Ages of Man and finally Lives of Anna Alsop, published in March 2015.I enjoy writing fiction of any length and have had many short stories published online. I have just published my fourth collection of short stories Someone Somewhere which includes two novellas. I also write a regular blog ‘Sandscript‘ at Goodreads. My website long ago took on a life of its own with new words and pictures regularly; visit to read short stories and other items.

Connect to Janet

Websitehttps://www.ccsidewriter.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Beachwriter/

My thanks again to Janet for her post on journals and aliens reading out books at some point in the future. She will be back same time next week. Your feedback is always welcome. Thanks Sally

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20 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Into Infinity by Janet Gogerty

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  2. Thought provoking post from Janet. I have no idea what will happen to the millions of blogs floating in the ether or stored in a cloud (which, apparently is under the ocean, not up in the sky!). Life in the 21st century is probably more documented than at any other time in history but may all be lost. As for paper diaries – I intend to have a big bonfire of mine before my time’s up.

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  4. Thanks Sally for having me as a guest today. I’m glad to have set people thinking. I never understood how the telephone or the television worked and as for all the magic we enjoy on the internet…

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  5. I have written daily in a journal for many years. I use my travel journeys for ideas when writing my books. I don’t care who reads my journals later or if they are read at all. I often read some of my old journals and often have a laugh. Oscar Wilde said that when he travels he likes to have something interesting to read. So he packs his journals.

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  6. Here is another perspective on diaries. During my 20 year nightmare of living in an abusive marriage, I jotted down the horrors, and carefully hid them away. While fleeing the monster, I retrieved my journals (2), and after I settled into my new apartment, I began reading them.
    How did I manage to forget or bury all of the terror he subjected me to? Aghast, broken, still afraid, I crumbled to the floor in tears.
    Once they were read, I promptly carried them to the nearby gargantuan dumpster, and smiled as the grinding noise of destruction mutilated the terrible truths into a mass of nothing.
    I sometimes regret that decision, as I believe they may have served as a warning to others. Forever gone, I wrote my autobiography, and can only hope it will serve with positive purpose.

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