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What moments have you savored lately?

Back in the summer of 2010, Jim C. Hines (aka jimhines), was kind enough to have me as a guest on his excellent blog. The post I wrote was called 'Savor the Moments'. That day, I shared why I think it's important to find things to celebrate as we work towards our long term goals. Not just the 'Woohoo! I sold a novel' kind, though of course we love those too, but also the 'This is why I love writing:' kind.

Yesterday, I got to savor a couple of great writerly moments. The first came when I received an email from a couple who'd bought Fur-Face for their granddaughter last month. Here's what they said:

'Morning Jon,

We recently purchased Fur-Face for our 9 year old grand daughter,[name removed], at the Hammonton Pinelands show at Frog Rock Country Club.  I just wanted to let you know how much she enjoyed reading your book! Her teachers said she told them every detail of the book and had everyone enthralled by it.  When my daughter went for her school conference they told her the book made a real impact on her. She also loves the mug! Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful work.

We will be looking for your other books for her to read.

[names removed],
Haddon Township, NJ'

If that wasn't reason enough to celebrate, later in the day I submitted Barnum's Revenge to my publisher (Echelon Press).

I are a very happy writer.

How about you?

What moments have you savored lately?

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Apr. 12th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on both counts! ;3
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Elizabeth :)
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I should have mentioned that, too.
I get so absorbed in answering questions...
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
I was ecstatic yesterday,
because I found Ettore Rosso.
He and four men under his command
were the first Italians to die fighting ~against~ the Germans in WWII
when they detonated a truck full of landmines,
blocking the road to Rome.
Tragically, the city surrendered to the Germans a few days later.
He was awarded the Gold Medal of Valor,
and there's a memorial to him at the battle site.

In the preface to my first piece of crap unpublished novel,
I quote a B-17 pilot in hospital, writing home about the men around him,
These are the boys who have paid the top price in this damned war.
These are the boys that deserve the most,
and if everything runs true to form, will get the least.
These are the guys who have seen the worst of the war...

That's why I write this sort of book,
for guys like Ettore Rosso, who give the most and get the least.
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
There are way to many forgotten heroes :(
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I still have to find out WHEN he was awarded that medal,
and when the memorial was built,
so my War Correspondent character can visit it...
God is i the details,
but so is a lot of carborundum...
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
You're making me smile, Jon. Congrats.
Apr. 12th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Apr. 12th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Egads! And that's what we do this for, really. Love it.
Apr. 12th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Well, that and the money ;)
Apr. 12th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
That is most excellent! Thank you for sharing. :)

Hmm, my moment recently... I'm working on a project that is flowing so well... every time I sit down to write, it's a joy. Also someone read the rough draft of what I have done of that project and (even though it was rough) couldn't wait for more. *grin*

I can't wait for the next book in your series either. It's good stuff.
Apr. 12th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Julie :)
Apr. 13th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)
I've sent five or six new pieces and stories off to editors in the past month. That always gives me a sense of fulfillment. I can certainly understand if you're excited about sending 'Barnum's Revenge' to your publisher.
Apr. 13th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jakob. Good luck with those submissions :)
Apr. 13th, 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
That is nice :)
Apr. 13th, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, Peadar :)
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