Ahem, I don’t really blog as much as I used to. Mostly because it takes time. And often, I just don’t have that much to say. But the lack of sleep and an overindulgence in words have left me in a sentimental sort of mood. So, here I am, wanting to get a few things off my chest.
Returning to Son of a Pitch for the third time, triggered familiar issues. Twitter and WordPress wondered if my accounts had been hacked based on the influx of activity, I had a sleepless night due to all the fabulous phrasings, premises and plots floating around my brain, Blogger refused to allow me posting rights, and I was once again overcome with a deep gratitude and reverence for the writing community.
As in previous turns, I want to say how blown away I am by the wisdom, the wit, the talent, and the kindness of the authors on the SOAP team and our esteemed leader Katie. Being amongst their ranks for the week flatters me greatly. (I try to avoid their critiques during the round so I feel less influenced and intimidated– which is why sometimes my comments are totally unaligned 🙂 But I love reading through their thoughts near the end.)
The entries swept me off my feet this year… again. The creativity and passion that comes through in your words astounds me. Whether your writing career is counted in hours, years or tears, I’m honored and thankful you chose to share your words. Please don’t stop.
And never forget, this is your baby. Raise it how you want. You are in complete control of how you finish your work. The ideas/thoughts/suggestions and opinions put forth were all humbly offered. But they are yours to use or ignore. You are the master of your manuscript and it is better for that.
If you were helped a little or a lot this week, pay it forward. Be a CP or beta to a beginner, intermediate, or advanced writer. Your time is a gift and always appreciated. We all have a need to have our words heard at some time or another.
There are 51 entries and only twenty will advance. But all fifty-one walk away with feedback on their words. Winners every one. And each judge gets to cast five votes. Yeah, this go round, I promised Katie I wouldn’t whine about only having five. And I intend to honor that. It’s hard for me to narrow down the list because while all aren’t ready yet, a heck of a lot more than five are.
So – thank you all for throwing your hats in the ring and participating. You are courageous and talented and it has been my pleasure to read your words.
And lastly, I’d love to have all your books on my shelf and am certain that one day I will.