A writer begs to be read and appreciated for his craft, his art. Today I was lifted from a groveling place on the ground to Cloud Nine by author Shelton Keys Dunning.
A while ago, Troy P invited me to write the ending to a short story called “The Reunion.” Three writers preceded me in contributing to the story line. The author that started the tale was Shelton Keys Dunning.
To make a long story short, in the comments on my post “Writing Changes,” Dunning wrote words that made me giddy. I have to share them here:
I saw your potential in storycrafting when you finished my The Reunion on such a perfect endnote. I’ve been a fan ever since. I’m truly looking forward to purchasing everything you do!
If you are a writer, you know the weightiness and import of those words to my soul. It means every agonizing hour spent trying to get it right is worth it.
Shelton Keys Dunning, I pray I never let you down. And know this, if I screw up once (or twice), I will drive myself to fix it the next time around. For you! For readers like you who make the writer’s agony all worth while.
I love you. Thank you for lifting me up!
And, Troy, thank you for inviting me to write in a different venue, allowing me to reach out to a broader readership than this blog affords me. I love you, too.
I look forward to the day I can pay it forward and help out another writer. Helping each other to grow and expand is what it is all about.
I love you as well Fay, and I’m glad I chose you when I did – it really was perfect!
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We are in the same boat you and I. The journey is more exciting with friends. I feel I’ve been neglecting these moments. I drowned myself in establishing my own publishing company (indie writers are publishers after all, why not make it official?), tweaking – words not drugs – and wrangling two books for publication and release through KDP, Nook, and Smashwords, and working on dead-tree formatting for release in the immediate future. Long story short, I’m willing to share, help, or lift spirits, whichever you need girl.
Thank you a million times over. Are you willing to be friend to offer an honest opinion about the manuscript before it is published? I am not talking about an editorial review. I am talking about a quick read through and giving me your thoughts about whether the story has legs? It’s probably too late for a re-write, but not for fine-tuning.
I’d be honored. Send it on over. firstname.lastname@example.org