Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thanks, my friend! (August 8)

There's actually a reason why none of my friends were duly thanked during the month of July. I was a bit preoccupied with a little writing project called Camp NaNoWriMo, which patterns itself after National Novel Writing Month in November each year. Writers usually either love it or hate it. I'm in the latter group but was encouraged to take part by some other online writers with whom I associate online.
A few of them went pretty gung ho with their effort, too, writing 50,000 plus words during those 31 harried days. I was happy with meeting my goal of 30,000 and was able to reach it, in part, with the encouragement and support of someone I know from an online community of writers called Studio 30 Plus.
Marie is a friend of mine who really kicked ass at Camp. She not only met her lofty daily writing goal but managed to still promote the Studio through online marketing AND job hunt while enjoying her regular dreamy lifestyle. It takes place afloat in the Gulf of Mexico on either her boat or paddle board when she's not otherwise travelling the States as a race car mechanic. Not too shabby, eh?
I didn't steal her picture to use here without asking but took the liberty to nab a shot of her artwork (hope she doesn't mind). The piece puts one of many amazing talents into corporeal form, and it IS shark week after all. She is a creative force, and I can't wait to read her novel currently in the editing stage.
Although we haven't met in person, I feel I have a good essence of this woman without ever shaking her hand or giving her a hug. I don't know if Marie IS a hugger, but her spirit reaches through the computer screen and grabs you. She always encourages other writers and gives me positive feedback. Her timing is great, too, especially when it seems only she and my friend, Lanea, (who originally inspired this "thanks, my friend" meme) care to read anything I write.
Constructive criticism comes easier from like-minded people, so I appreciate communing with Marie as we pour out our minds onto paper (or screens, as the case may be). I hope to maybe watch her either derby or replace an engine one day, but for now want to say 'thanks, my friend!"


  1. I have goose bumps all over! What a beautiful and eloquent homage! Thank you so much!

    Wow... That was so nice, it may become my writer's bio! And I'm sure a lot more people read your stuff, just may not comment... I often find we have many silent quiet readers in the shadows...

    So glad you met your goal (i won't be surprised if I need to throw out a good 20,000 words or so... I'm at the same place your are!)

    Thank you for this, you've totally lifted me spirits! :D

    p.s. we do connect don't we?
    p.p.s. I tend to be a hugger, a selective hugger... I'd hug you though!

  2. Marie -- I am so glad to have had a chance to connect with you! And every word here is true (see your encouragement right outta the gate in second paragraph). Any time your spirits need lifted, remember how much you mean to other people. Even those, like me, whom you've never actually met.

    I also watch how many times I unnecessarily use the word "had" because of your sage advice.

    Thanks, 'cause I feel hugged and you gave me a big smile!

  3. I wouldn't have gotten through camp without Marie either. Katy, you also were a great encouragement and help to me. Honestly, I didn't even know this blog existed until I trolled your FB page - I only knew about your wordpress blog!

    I'm glad that Camp NaNo & Studio30+ brought us together on these interwebz!

  4. Thanks, Cheney! We have to encourage each other, don't we? It helps to read each other's work and learn from one another. NaNo and I have a love/hate relationship, but I have nothing but positive things to say about Studio 30+ ... lol!

    This is my more "ranty" blog. It's where I gripe about stuff that drives me nuts, but it's also where I try to recognize and support all the wonderful women who have done the same for me. Too many people were gone from my life before I had a chance to tell them just how very much they meant to me. Doing so here is only small consolation.

    Don't know if you've heard of the documentary/website MissRepresentation, but that's what got me going on the "thanks, my friend" thread. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!