Since leaping into online reading/writing community boards about six months ago, I've made new friends: fellowmen and women who love stories and Art, real people so physically distant from me who speak crisply about their dreams and insecurities and passion. With several of them, we have become close.
I know we aren’t at the tight, intimate, heart-pouring stage of friendship, but I have felt a river-like connection with many of you. We have ‘met,’ left comments on each other’s blogs, and chatted in snippets of honesty.
We have shared time. We have shared books. We have shared parts of ourselves. Our fellowship is heartfelt.
Partly because of this (and this is a huge partly), 2011 has been an utmost fruitful year for me. It really is because of you being here. I look forward to many more happy adventures with each of you.
So if you’ve said ‘hello’ on She Writes, ICL’s Writers Retreat (quoting another writer there, that’s my favourite zoo), Book Blogs, Writing Our Way Home, GoodReads, Facebook and Twitter; liked our Facebook page or posts; signed on our mailing list; wrote comments on our blog posts; enjoyed our books; reviewed us; tweeted about us; gave me a comforting pat when things had gone wrong or raised a cheer when right, you have brought me plenty of Brightness. You have meant much to me. Truly. Thank you.
I wish for all the Brightness in the world for you, your family and your reading and writing. I wish for all the cool sunshine, patient nights, wisps of sea breeze, nodding trees, sparrow's flutters, smells of books, wild stories, heartbreaking characters, dark chocolates and cats' perpetual smiles for you.
Gueh Yanting, Claudine
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Want to know what children's stories can inspire & lead to?
by Kate Hanney
Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.