My best friend is preparing to move cross country. In preparation of this we have decided to send postcards each week. She gave me the Penguin book cover postcards recently and I began the search for some more postcards. What cards would best represent me? Anne Taintor? Mystery books? Travel? Diet Coke? I turned to my trusted advisor, google, and entered literary postcards into the search box. I found many, but one stood out. “It takes a group to raise a writer.” That’s what I purchased.
Several of my friends are writers, you see. They met in an online writer’s group and have been critiquing and celebrating their work for years now. Me? I’m the reader. I read their works in progress through their revisions and sometimes I get to read them in hardcover form at Costco. They are the group, and I am the village. Because, you see, it also takes a village. You need someone to tell you how it feels. What they felt or did during different parts of the book. I’m not a technical genius, but I know how a great book feels. So I get to read the rough drafts of what will become great books.
This blog is my attempt to tell the stories of a reader. I may include stories from my everyday life, but mostly it will be about books and writers. To my friends, I say thank you. Thanks for trusting me to read and respond. Thanks for believing I won’t put your rough drafts on the internet. Thanks for letting your characters live in my dreams. Thanks for writing, because the world always has room for a great story.