As my first manuscript is out there in the world of submission slush piles (hopefully not - I'm hoping that it could be open and happy on someone's desk about to be replied to with a big smiley face) ... I am almost done with my second manuscript. No one has read this one yet and last night was the first time I parted with a portion of it -- three chapters to my sister.
I didn't tell her about my writing for a long time, and when I did she was really skeptical that I would write anything she'd even be slightly interested in reading. I surprised her and in turn her support and interest and excitement over my work was somewhat of a surprise to me. We've never had much in common. She's always been so much younger than me that we were in separate worlds - in such different places in our lives. As she's grown older, we've found that we have a lot of similar interests. I love that I can bounce ideas off of her and that she's been the inspiration for some of my work - though she may not know it.
We used to fight a lot and argue over stupid things, like all sisters, but now we understand each other better, I think. I've done my best to guide her where possible, and though she may not realize, she's been somewhat of a beacon of light for me too. I appreciate her a lot more now, for who she is, what she's done and what she will accomplish in her life. The one thing that I know we do have in common is the will to keep trying.
Although I have included some good thoughts and a little cheese today, I'd like to close with some parting words from the one, the only Hannah Montana, "Life's what you make it So let's make it rock."
...... I'll be back when I've finished laughing at how big of a cheeseball I really am.