I love you guys. No, seriously, I do. I started writing my novel over a year ago, but only just started blogging this past September. I never thought blogging would be like this. I never thought there would be such a tight community of writers, authors, aspiring authors, editors, illustrators etc. out there. I thought, Oh we write our blogs, read others' and get info yadda yadda. But what I didn't expect, was to actually make friends. I have a connection with each and every one of you- I feel like I know you. Not only do we exchange information, but we understand each other. We know what we're going through and the support and love we get from each other is amazing!
I love that my husband supports me, and I love that my family and friends are excited I'm actually writing a book. But there's something different to be said about the people actually going through the same thing you are. Those raw emotions we get when interacting with our characters, pulling our hair out together and jumping for joy together because we KNOW what it's like. We're going through that too.
In just 4 short months, I've made some friends I know I'll keep for a long time- best friends, even. We pour our hearts out to each other 3 days a week (many of you 5 or 7!!), and we know we are there to lend an ear (okay, most of the time an eye), say something encouraging, a shoulder to cry on (again, mostly just an email), and never-ending enthusiasm for days.
So, I want to say thanks to my family and friends who put up with my agonizing, whining and complaining, and a special thank you to my writing friends- all of you. I honestly don't think I could do it without the support and encouragement from you all and the endless energy in which you approach writing and blogging. You don't just put up with me- you are right there with me, experiencing the same things I am going through, feeling the same way I feel, and knowing we aren't alone in this crazy world of writing.
Here's to a new year of getting to know you more, and meeting new and interesting people (and writing of course!)!