November 28th, 2010

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


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?