I’m posting very late today, because I think I had sunstroke all day which made me feel like crap. The heat is maddening here, and for all of you living in cooler and rainy climates… An invitation to come visit you would be nice right about now.
I’m not joking.
I have a confession to make today. With all the posts and chapters here on DW, (plus all my other oh-so-important work assignments, which by the way I’ll never stop reminding you I have to tackle daily… DAILY!) I realized that for the last week or so I’ve only been skimming over comments here on the blog, and that is not right.
It’s seriously been due to a lack of time and nothing else, because I’m usually one who reads every comment posted by readers everyday.
Sometimes I respond to questions directly in the comment box, other times I email a reader and at times that turns into long rambling discussions. This experience has been a great one for me personally, because I’ve made some good friends via email exchanges over the last couple of years of posting my stories on the web.
I have to say that one of the positives about writing to an online audience really is the feedback we receive almost instantly for our work, be it for story chapters or just regular blog posts. When it comes to stories though, it’s quite heartening when the writer can actually see a reader becoming more and more engaged in the story as it progresses.
And, I’m always both honoured and humbled when I see it happening to readers with something I’m writing. So yes, you are very special to me my darlings, and not just for your comment count.
Now, after much deliberation, I’ve decided to respond to all of you directly here on the blog via posts. I don’t know how often I’ll be able to do it, but rest assured I’ll give it my best shot for at least once every couple of weeks. Which means you will be seeing stuff up here from time to time that you’ve asked me, if you’ve wondered out loud about something, or because something you said caught my attention.
DISCLAIMER: I’ll respond to readers in no particular order and certainly not because I love some more than the ones I miss mentioning. I love all of you equally, and I’m a mother of twins, so trust me when I say I’ve learned how to do that simultaneously and pretty well over the years.
1. “Anne, where do you get so much energy from?”
The coffee maker in my kitchen. If that dies, I die.
2. “Oh my god, you have been writing for that long?”
I read this and thought “Oh my God this girl thinks I’m sixty or seventy years old because I said I’ve been writing for over twenty years!” – That whole night I half panicked and half laughed that many of you probably imagined me with silvery white hair, and dentures, stooped over a 1950s typewriter and only an oil lamp to light the room.
I was an early bloomer OK? And in more ways than one. So, I’m really not that old. I’m not even fifty, or forty. I’ll be at the big Four Zero in a few years though, and I keep hearing how it’s going to be awesomely frightening.
I’m not frightened yet.
3. “Dunkin Donuts or Cinnabon?”
For rolls, always Cinnabon. Mmmm
4. “Can we send you a small list of what ticks us off during these scenes?”
She means sex scenes, and my answer is hell yes, please do! Make it a long list, I’ll be happy to include it in a post. I’ll even credit you if you want.
5. “Is Desconocido a love story?”
With this story I’m attempting to write a shorter one than the ones I’ve written before. Which means it will probably have a lesser amount of chapters than my other stories. (That loud, annoying and disbelieving laughter you hear is from some of my old readers. Ignore them.)
I don’t know if I’ll be able to accomplish this maddening task of writing less for this one, but the genre I’m aiming for is Romantic Thriller. So if you like romantic stories with action and some drama, read on.
I think that’s a wrap for now. Oh, but before I sign off… Someone mentioned dark chocolate, and another one of you said ‘Belgian waffles.’ – I don’t really have a sweet tooth, but on the odd occasion I do indulge, those two are definitely high on my list.
There are some more questions I plan to answer when time permits, Also, some really insightful comments which made my day. And, I see a bunch of new readers sticking around which always makes me happy.
A special thank you for all the lovely compliments you guys so liberally dish out. But, more than that, thank you for taking the time out to read and participate here on DW. It means a lot to all four of us.
I’m going to think of a better way to thank you all for being here, but for now this post will have to do. In the meantime, if you have any questions or thoughts you want to share, feel free to post it in the comments section of this post. I’ll try and get back to you as soon as I can.