I want to thank you all for coming by and being so supportive and kind and wonderful. Stephen – you just went above and beyond, didn’t you? I couldn’t believe all the places you posted about tender graces and the Trailer (and those of you who commented at the u-tube trailer site Thank you!). Wow! And all the comments I’ve received, the emails, the …well, just everything! I still have those terrified moments where I think, "what if it is all taken from me? what if it doesn’t happen because….(insert whatever obsessive thing you can thing of here *laugh*)" That’s a Pisces thing? or a Woman Thing? or a Writer Thing? Or just a Human Thing.
Soon, I’ll have to write an acknowledgments page for TG – and there is no way I can write down every single name or place or person who has affected me in some way that affected the novel or the ‘aura’ around it, or my feelings as a writer. And, of course, there are privacy issues. But, mostly there are space issues. I know for this first book, it was much more, and is much more, "visible" than the drafts I have for the following books (and I say this will hope and hope that there will be following published books!). Tender Graces, with Virginia Kate, has been out and about for a while – I’ve talked about her, I’ve had readers read, I’ve had people offer their help, I’ve had people stop by and comment and ask about it–so many! With the other novel(s) I’ve completed or am in the process of completing, there has not been this sharing – I’ve been more private with them, simply because VK has been in the forefront all this time and the others I’ve quietly written and stuck in my files "for later…" (except for Clemmie/Clementine of course!)
Since I’m not going to be able to write down every person I ever came in contact with that made me feel excited again about TG or who supported me or who just offered a "you go girl" or a "I’m looking forward to reading" or a "this is exciting, good luck" – at least in the book acknowledgment page itself, I want you all to know all of your kind words and thoughts never go unnoticed or unappreciated. You have made me feel as if I have something to say, and as if my stuff may be worth reading after all. It’s so humbling a feeling. It’s a surreal feeling, too.
Anyway – just was thinking about how things are progressing and the excitement and terror that goes along with it all. And the comfort I feel when people offer their support – it just means so much to me…more than you may know.
Okay, back to work – just wanted to thank you all in a more public way.