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At PhilCon last weekend, I received two particular acts of kindness.  Both came from panel members on the first chapter critique/workshop I took part in.

Instead of the eight – ten offerings planned for, only two folks submitted work for critique (seriously, guys, if they put this workshop on next year, book yourself a place, I highly recommend it). The panel could have rushed through our offerings in short order and wandered off to the bar for a chinwag. Instead, they gave myself and Rasheeda (the other critiquee) a more detailed analysis/critique.

On top of that, as we left, John Gregory Betancourt called me over and spent the next ten minutes going over some of his comments and explaining the ‘why’ behind them. He probably didn’t think anything of it, but it made a world of difference to me. Then, on Sunday morning, I got a follow-up email from another panel member, Oz Whiston (aka Oz Drummond birdhousefrog), which made my day.

I hope I never forget the impact their kind words had on me, or how taking a few minutes to offer encouragement to someone you barely know can make a world of difference to that person. One day, I hope to be in a position to pay it forward.

How about you?

Who was the last person to give you some unexpected encouragement?  

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Nov. 28th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
It isn't surprising to me that people offered more than you expected at the recent PhilCon event you described. Yesterday I met you for the first time and was immediately impressed by your willingness to offer me writing/marketing tips--even before your workshop began. And your wit, peppering your comments throughout, gave the entire session a convivial atmosphere as you shared your expertise (which is considerable!) I will be mulling over the wisdom shared for a good long while, and thank you sincerely for your generosity in imparting so much in so little time.
Nov. 28th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Re: kindness
You didn't leave your name, but I'm always grateful for kind words, anonymous or not :)

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself yesterday. I had a blast!

Edited at 2010-11-28 01:48 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
How wonderful, Jon. That's awesome.
Nov. 28th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
It was a thoroughly enjyable weekend. I came away completely knackered, but at the same time revitalized :)
Nov. 28th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Terry Pratchett, as he still was then, gave the following critique of a short story I did for a residential course. 'Well, you're going to make it, aren't you.' Suppose I have for various values of 'making it'. I just hope he's still around to get a signed copy of my novel to go with the various signed copies of his I have.
Nov. 28th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Wow! I bet that felt incredible! :)
Nov. 28th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
That's a great experience. Wow!

AS for your question...hmmm? I have been surprised by positive comments I get about the teasers I post on my Friday Five.
Nov. 28th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
That's good :)
Nov. 28th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
oh wow, that's excellent. I'm not really sure where my last bit of unexpected encouragement came from. My last really big moment of encouragement was getting accepted to Quake, but I have an amazing support group and they are always doing something.

Nov. 28th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
ugh, shouldn't post before I've had like... tea or something. ... they are always doing something to encourage me.

Nov. 28th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
*covers ears* Did you have to ell so loud, this early in the morning? Geez.....
Nov. 28th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry, Elizabeth. I lowered the volume a bit now :)
Nov. 28th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you/ :)
Nov. 28th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
My parents praised my last published story and said they liked the detached tone of the narrative. They are not prone to praising lavishly so I was pleased at the outcome.
Nov. 28th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I can imagine!

I remember when my old gran told me one of my short stories wasn't the worst thing she'd ever read. I was well chuffed. - Of course, she spoiled the moment by adding "That would be the story you wrote last week :(
Nov. 28th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
No contest— Hildy Silverman when she bought my story. But I agree that one thing that's great about being a writer is that other writers do give you encouragement and advice. It's like being in a fraternity without the hazing. -)
Nov. 28th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Hildy's lovely :)
Nov. 28th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's funny how for the person helping out, it feels like nothing often. They're just being themselves, sharing something with someone. The impact is often more than they imagine.

I come across that often on LJ alone, people who take the time though they barely know me.
Nov. 29th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
I've found writers are particularly supportive of others. I wonder if it's due to a shared empathy - after all, we know what's in store for people :)
Nov. 28th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
You've been paying it forward for quite some time, Jon. I should know; I've often been the lucky recipient of those encouraging words.
Nov. 29th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Deanna. You're very kind :)
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Nov. 29th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you
I'm sure I wasn't the only one. That was for The God's Cycle, right?

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Nov. 29th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you
Those FAWG folks are always worth listening to ;)

Edited at 2010-11-29 04:08 pm (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
That's great - it's always wonderful when people unknowingly give us that pat on the back that makes our day. Hmm, I think the last person to give me encouragement was my boss when she told me she wants to buy some of the clay charms I make for stocking stuffers for her family - that was so encouraging!
Nov. 29th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Boss type encouragement is always good :)
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