But it really doesn't matter, because that ten years represents a portion of the 10,000 hours of writing practice I've put in for the past decade. More than that really, when you consider all my various jobs in the publishing industry, off and on over the decades.
There are many people and tools I'm thankful for. I still remember the generosity of authors I met in person and over the phone so many years ago. Like the woman who told me to get a copy of The Writers Market. That changed my writing life for all time.
Then there's the hour I spent on the phone with Kathleen Burdick-Hague, while her husband, Michael Hague, signed at a Tattered Cover book event so many years ago. I'm forever grateful to her for the advice and encouragement when I was a fledgling writer.
My list of Internet gratitude is endless:
- Facebook and all the friend connections especially Colorado Writers and Publishers
- Twitter and even more connections and marketing opportunities
- All my blogging partners, past and present, here at the Blood-Red Pencil
- My critique pals at the Nag Sisters group online
- Wikipedia and all the research opportunities it provides
- Man Flow Yoga because it helps keep my writing bones in pain-free mode without a lot of babble
And thank heavens for cheap wi-fi that gives me all those connections out here in the great rural outback. Technology really has connected us far and wide.
What about the online world are you most grateful for? Which writing friends or groups have helped you the most? Please leave us a comment!
|Dani Greer is founding member of the Blood-Red Pencil. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.|