Beautiful Chaos (what a fantastic name for a blog!) has generously given me the "Friends for the Journey" award.
She says, "Every one of us in on a journey called life. If we’re fortunate, we find friends along the way who can help us with their words of encouragement, something to laugh over, or a shoulder to cry on. Some friends stay with us for our whole lives, but often, they are with us for only part of the journey. I have friends like these in my life – some I see in person, and some I know via the internet."
Thank you so much Michelle. The feeling is absolutely mutual. I don't know if I would have kept going in the beginning if it hadn't been for your kind, sweet, generous friendship. And I hope that one day we can get to know each other in person, too.
I am supposed to pass this on to seven other bloggers. The first person is Kristal Shaff, whom I met through Michelle and who has been a fantastic encourager and critique partner, someone who is tough on me when I need her to be and from whom I've learned a lot. She also has one of the most unique careers I've ever heard of: Professional Face Painter!
The next person is Donna Hole, who always comments, always supports, and has that dry, cutting humor that so often makes me laugh.
Another person I'd like to pass this on to is Laura Martone, the perky blogging diva at Laura's Simple Pleasures and Come in Character, and author of Ruby Hollow. Thank you so much for your steady support and encouragement, Laura, and all the fun we've had along the way with our characters.
I must include Jessica Bell, the Alliterative Allomorph, who always is so encouraging on both Blogger and Facebook;
Krista at Literary Debauchery - I can't tell you how much I appreciate all you do for our writer's group and the personal encouragement you've given me;
Elaine Smith at Wordsmithing (whom I met at Come In Character, through our characters) - I hope we can meet in person some day, too. You are so good for my writing soul!
Last, but not least, is Betsy Dornbusch, aka Sex Scenes at Starbucks. You write some funky stuff there, girl, but without Aidan's crush on Marenya, and all the back and forth our characters have had, I don't think Marenya and Faldur's relationship would have grown to be quite what it is now. Your interaction with my characters has truly been invaluable, and I've learned a lot from you, writing-wise, along the way.
Time for the Sunday Snapshot
Post the very last paragraph (or 5 lines of dialogue) that you wrote. It doesn't have to perfect; it doesn't even have to be good. It just has to be yours!
Faldur crouched opposite them, catching his breath. He found himself suddenly afraid to draw Marenya's attention. But when she saw him, she jumped up with a small cry and ran to him. He took her in his arms and felt the frailness of her, as her hands fastened around his waist and her head pressed into the hollow of his neck. She was surprisingly thinner for having only been gone a fortnight, dirty, scarred and strangely dressed, and yet he thought her the most beautiful creature he had ever longed to hold. She began to cry deep, gasping, tearless sobs, her whole body shuddering against him, and he found that he was doing the same.