All I want … is happy peeps

Today is has been a mix of emotions for me. Shock – I woke up to almost 300 emails. The Golden Heart Contest announced its winners and I had two yahoo groups sizzling the internet. Glee – because one of my critique partners finaled in the historical division. I’ve never read a book that got my emotions so out of control and surprisingly there was very little lust involved. But I distinctly remember yelling at the computer screen as the hero and heroine circled each other. Incredibly frustrating.

And I was angry too. The internet is a vast web of information – some good, some bad. It hit me today as I was reading a review of a friends story – a nasty review I might add – that the internet isn’t fair. My friend worked tirelessly on her story and while she didn’t think her work would be universally adored, although that might be nice, it must be tough to get such a negative comment. That comment will be forever on the net – countless people will read it and hesitate to make my friends plan for world domination come true. Ok, thats not her plan – its mine. I do love her work! I just don’t find it fair.

I want my friend, all my writing friends, is happy peeps and for them to be a huge success.

On the writing front, I’ve not done a great deal to advance my stories this week. Life has a way of intruding, despite my best intentions to set a work like schedule. I’ll do better next week. Next week is a blank slate – a reprieve before the Easter school holidays begin. Two weeks of writing only tame scenes or quickly changing my computer screen when my kids walk in.

Oh, well … life was meant to have challenges. Have a great weekend and write heaps if you can!

4 thoughts on “All I want … is happy peeps”

  1. I can completely understand how much you want all of your writing friends/critique partners to succeed. I am the same way. We see them grow, and we fall in love with their writing, their stories, their characters…almost as much as they do. I have adopted the approach of not reading reviews – unless someone tells me ahead of time that it is glowing. Its easier to know going in that they aren’t going to lambast what I feel is a work of genius. And I also have to remind myself on a regular basis that writing is subjective, and even reviewers have the right to be dead wrong.

  2. Heather, I totally know what you mean. I get indignant over bad reviews of my friends’ works as well. Like Catherine, I try not to read reviews anymore unless I know they are good. And I don’t write reviews unless I have all good things to say. I’m not so arrogant to think that what I think about a work is the final say. Writing IS subjective, just like any other art, and though we have the right to express our opinions, it’s incredibly frustrating when someone thinks their opinion is gospel.

    Great post and good luck with getting in your steamy scenes over the next couple weeks 🙂

  3. Hi Heather.
    Congrats on your cp’s GH success. How amazing is that comp!
    Sorry to hear your other cp had a bad review. I should imagine it would be hard to swallow such negative comments. I know I do atm and I’m only going by comp feedback. Wish her well, and remind her it is only 1 person’s opinion.
    Tam. 🙂

  4. Thanks ladies for your comments but we really shouldnt get to talking about contest feedback. Thats a discussion that could go on for weeks and I’m looking forward to my Sunday sleep in tomorrow!

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