Though I've been writing all my life and have many unfinished manuscripts under my belt, my current novel, Synesthesis, is the first I've felt ready to share with the world. It's good enough. And not just that, it has staying power. I don't know what it is, I can just feel it as I read. If I'd put money down on anything, I'd do it for this novel.
As of a couple of weeks ago, I have three amazing beta readers helping me through: Sarah (Constance) Ketley, Madeline Bartos, and Charity Bradford. Now, I've never used beta-readers before, but I can say with quite a bit of certainty that these ladies are some of the best. Each puts her own spin on her beta-ing and they all put more effort into their comments than I could have ever asked for. Every time I get an e-mail from them and see that little attachment paperclip in the corner, my heart starts racing and I can't help but smile. They make my editing so much fun. (You should definately check out their bad ass blogs if you have a chance.)
Finally, as I've been going through all of this crazy editing, I've spent a lot of time thinking about all of the reasons I write. One of them is the people who've supported me for the past century (at least it seems that long) and encouraged me to never stop writing. Atop this lovely group of people is the members of the Writers Circle of Room 216. The Writer's Circle, a writer's group that I ran for three wonderful and fulfilling years, is family to me. They have even affectionally labeled me "mom". When I was at my lowest points, it was always the WC who assured me of my talent and reminded me how much I inspired them. (I'm still a bit amazed at all of the things they've claimed I've done to change their lives and experiences over those three years.) I know that they would never settle for anything less than "published author" for me, and anything less would not only be letting myself down, but would be letting them down. To Room 216 WC, Momma loves you more than you know.
As much as I love writing, it would not be nearly as fulfilling without all of the contributions and encouragements of all of you: friends, bloggers, betas, and family (both real and adopted). Whether you're leaving a comment on my blog,
<3 Gina Blechman