Finding Friends Where You Least Expect
This has been a long day coming. It was about five years ago that Kathy and I met through an ACFW critique group. We'd both recently joined the organization and were looking for ways to further our writing. We were put in a critique group of five. Four of us signed in. The person who was supposed to be the leader of the group never showed up. LOL. So Kathy and I, being the people we are, decided, let's do this. We all exchanged manuscripts. The first one left after our first critiques. The second one hung around for a couple and then she dropped out. I remember Kathy and I talking and wondering if we scared them away. But hey we were all green at that time, right? We decided to stick it out and be crit partners.
When I think back to the things we had to learn! OH MY GOODNESS! What a learning curve. But here we are today, both with awesome agents and Kathy with her first release, Bachelor Buttons.
God is good.
But not because of how far He has brought us in our writing. Though that, too. But because God saw two people in opposite climates, 700 miles away, and knew we could be best of friends. It's been an awesome journey to travel this road with Kathy. When she has been ready to give up, I'm on the mountaintop dragging her up along with me and when I'm in the valley ready to pitch my latest story out the window and quit, she's pulling me up kicking and screaming. We've laughed together, cried together, shared our prayer requests, our sorrows, our joys, and most recently, sharing being grandmas! God knew we needed each other. He knew that when the one was down the other would be up to keep them moving forward. This is a tough business and without God's wonderful provision of Kathy I never would have made it this far.
So a big, thank you, my friend, for always being there for me. For catching my dangling participles, my missing words, my homonym mistakes, my hero with changing eye color, my villain who shows up in the wrong story, and my flying body parts! You have blessed me beyond measure in our friendship and in my writing.
In honor of our friendship and Kathy's new release, I am giving away a bath basket and a copy of The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. Let us know how God has given you a friendship where you least expected it to be entered in the drawing.
GRAND PRIZE: Trader Joe's bag filled with goodies. Tea cup with strainer, tea bags, loose tea, coffee, cake candle, decorative candle large Better Homes and Garden Candle, 2 pads of paper, pen, Family Guardian by Laurie Alice Eakes, and a pink necklace and earrings from Dressbarn! Everyday you leave a comment gives you one entry. A possible total of 7 entries! Grand prize drawn May 6th. AND a pdf copy of Bachelor Buttons!
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