The friends I've made through blogging are amazing. (A big hug to Elana Johnson, who really does answer emailed questions! What would we do without her?) I love cheering every one of you on in your pursuit of story and publication, and I know that you are doing the same for me. It's encouraging to know that there's a world - albeit a virtual world - that is with me!
But then there's the real world. And right now, I want to give a shout-out to those real-world friends that encourage us through our journey. The ones that believe in us and want us to keep trying. The ones that actually care. They aren't necessarily writers themselves, but they are friends.
We'll call her TC. She's about my age, a long-time acquaintance and hopefully a long-time friend. Since we've been in the same social circle for the past few months, she's known that I'm writing a book. (Everyone knows I'm writing a book. I have to have some explanation for the fact that I have no job and don't go to school.)
In a discussion several weeks ago, I listed my greatest, current joy as the fact that my book was progressing very well (that was before the writer's block, hehe), and I heard something behind me. It was a veiled, excited whisper. "Yes!" It was TC. And I'm sitting there, thinking, someone besides me cares????
Last week, she asked about it again. She wants to read it, but after learning where I was (Chapter 9) told me to write more before I gave it to her because she's "a fast reader."
This past Wednesday, she asked me, without any introduction, "What chapter are you on?"
She smiled. "That's three more than last week!"
It makes me want to cry. I know that many of my friends believe in me and what-not, but she's the first one who has cared about progress and how it's really going. Like, really cared. As in, remembered what chapter I was on the week before, cared. And I'm honored - so, so, so very honored.
So, this is for TC. And all you real-life people who encourage us daily. You may not know how much it means to a writer that you are interested and hopeful in what we're doing. Thank you for believing in us, thank you for asking about our writing, thank you for your encouragement.
(Any real-life encouragement stories you want to share? Any real-life people who have made a difference in your writing? Shout out here!)
Thanks, TC, for not thinking that a 19-year-old writing about princesses is strange.