I was struggling with what to write for my entry this week. Not only am I exhausted from fighting some icky sickness that’s creeping up on me, but work is getting busier, my writing is already starting to fall behind, and I’m not sleeping so well at night for some reason. I thought about skipping tonight and maybe blogging tomorrow but I didn’t want to fall even more behind.
I started thinking about everyone’s comments from last week’s entry and I thought it was high time I did a proper thank you to everyone who’s been so supportive, now and in the past.
I did rant on a bit about my dislike for editing and some of you had some really great suggestions. I may not reply all the time, but I do read each and every comment and I do pay attention. I still don’t like editing, I probably never will but that’s OK. I can make it easier on myself and having such a supportive on-line community makes it easier.
First of all, I didn’t mention her specifically, mostly because she already knows my foibles when it comes to writing and editing, but I do have a beta reader. Someone suggested that in a comment, or maybe a couple of you, and I thank you for the offer to beta read my work. I have a hard time dealing with input from too many people – hell, I have a hard time dealing with feedback from one person sometimes! – so I don’t want to get into sending it to too many people. I do thank you for the offer and I’m so glad you felt strongly enough about my work to offer. 🙂
Back to the beta reader I have… She’s awesome. I don’t tell her often enough, I don’t think. I do thank her in my notes sometimes but I also whine and complain via email and AIM. Somehow, she remains patient and doesn’t tell me to suck it up and get over it. Well, not every time we chat. 😉 She is familiar with my style and doesn’t try to impose too many ideas, unless I ask. She’s also aware that even though my initial reactions to her feedback and criticisms are not always…favourable, I’m taking her comments into consideration. In short, she’s a great reader, editor and friend. You all know her as PennLady or Eve McFadden. Also, she’s a fantastic writer. I’m absolutely in love with some of her characters. Check out All To Human or Light and the Darkness for two of my most favourite leading men. Can you say, yummy?!? 😀
Now, even though I have PL and all her wonderful feedback, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the feedback, comments and emails I receive from the fans, anonymous or otherwise. Why do you think I keep writing for Lit??? Once again, I don’t always respond but when someone makes a request or asks a question, I do my best to meet demands. I hope you know how much it means to have the support.
I am aware I’m repeating myself a bit here, and you’ll have to excuse me. I’m running on about 3 or 4 hours of sleep and a long day of writing and editing. Argh! I don’t even have hockey to blog in between my writerly ramblings.
Speaking of hockey though, how excited am I for the Canucks in the final!! GO Canucks! I’m sure you’ve all noticed my updated background here. I just wanted to show my support. I’ve already got plans to see the first game at a nearby pub on Wednesday night. It should be a fantastic series, that’s all I’ve got to say.
And now, I really ought to get back to editing the next chapter of “Breaking Through the Ice.” I’m doing my best to stay on schedule, but like I already said, I’m fighting some exhaustion here and this week’s chapter might be a day late. I’ll do what I can tonight.
Did I say thank you yet? For reading my stuff, for taking the time to visit my blog and comment when the desire moved you? Did I say thank you again and again for not giving up on me even when I confessed my writing flubs and insecurities?
As always, take care and happy reading.