Talk about anything…hmmm… I have been known to be able to hold my own in a conversation about darned near everything as I have snippets of all manner of information tucked away… I know a little about a lot but I know a lot about very little. I have to say, however, I was thrown a bit here.
I considered plugging my food and entertaining blog: tonettejoycefoodfriendsfamily.wordpress.com
(“Why don’tcha come over and see me sometime?” ala Mae West).
It’s something that I DO know quite a bit about.
But I think I want to talk about fraternity,(sorority?) among writers.
I have met those who want to start writing, those who have written most of their lives; those who have never shown their work, those trying to be published, those with some success and some of the biggest names out there in the published world today and every last one of them has been friendly and encouraging, not only to me but to everyone who crosses their paths.
Now I dare to guess there are rotten apples in the barrel, but I have yet to run across one in the vast orchards that I have been strolling through these past several years.
[Only one possibility: I had a very dear friend who wrote incredibly well. She wanted to write beautiful stories but never finished them. Linda asked her cousin who was had a book published for advice, (I do not know the genre) …that cousin told her to forget it. Linda was seriously ill and I want to believe that the cousin, who never bothered to find out how well Linda wrote, wished to save her the stress and heartache of being rejected, but it made my dear friend lose heart. Too bad the cousin didn’t opt to give her hope, even if she considered it false hope, instead. I mean, we all know that there is always a chance of success; new books are published every day. Look in any library; I defy you to find any older books other than the most famous,(although not necessarily the best, but that complaint will be aired another day).
So I inherited my friend’s books on writing instead of the books she would have written.]
I knew a few authors when I was very young. I wasn’t looking for help, (I never thought I’d ever really write),but I have to say that they were personally encouraging and kind.. I dabbled in songwriting years ago and found that, even though I managed to win a prestigious award for lyrics, almost no one would look at them, no one would listen, no one wanted to collaborate. One would have to move to a hub of music to live, breathe and wallow in it to get one’s foot in the door; and then there are far more Wanna-bes than there are Ever-weres. Songwriting is a heartbreaking, back-breaking business, so I dropped out fast. But here I am years later, with a few non-fiction articles published, two blogs going and ready to face the world of playwrighting and story writing….and every writer from fellow bloggers to New York Times best-selling authors are kind and generous …to me…and to everyone.
One would think that in this day-and-age of short funds and little time, the competition for readers would be cutthroat, but no. Up-and-Comers help others, Newly published lend a hand, Huge Names are approachable and offer advice and assistance. It may be a particularly strong trait of the group in whose company I now blog, the ilk of many of those I know through other blogs, like-people whom I have met as interviewees and at booksignings, that is to say, Romance Writers, who will bend over backwards to help another romance writer,(or we writers of other persuasions). No one seems to feel that there is any competition for fans or buyers, it’s all: “The More the Merrier! Welcome to the ranks! Good luck to you! If you need help, call on me!”
I could not be more pleased …or amazed. Until a few years ago when my niece dragged me to a book signing of a favorite author of hers I used to say that I read “everything except romance novels”; that phrase will never cross my lips again.
For the past several months, I have been taken in by the good folks here to become the Friday Fox; I am still not sure exactly why they asked me. I thank them for the opportunity and the encouragement to spread my wings more and more…and for their camaraderie.
I am proud to be in the company of such fine, selfless and generous writers.