Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Double Whammy

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Shh...Maybe she won't notice. I decided to steal SIS Brandy's day. (again) But I have something very important to discuss today.

Support Systems

Nope. I'm not talking panty hose and girdles here although I've worn my share. I'm talking about people who have our backs. People who are there in a pinch. People who are honest but sensitive. I'm privileged to surround myself with quite a few these days.

My sisters here have been extremely helpful since day 1 of my writing career. They've answered questions, read my work, offered suggestions, cheered me on and what-if'd with me over and over again.

My husband always asks how my writing is going and sends me information on the publishing world. He's encouraging and wants me to succeed. That is everything to me.

And now, after what I feel was a very long time coming, I've found a critique partner to work with. This has proven to be priceless already. If I can date myself a little with this comment...She totally rocks, dude! Not only is her writing superb, it is heart felt. I can tell she has spent a lot of time making sure that every detail is correct and yes, she is sharing some of that time with me, working on my ms. In the past 2 weeks, she's pointed out a couple of things that I hadn't thought of and encouraged me in areas I was worried about. She values my opinion every bit as much as I value hers.

So I've got one heck of a support system. How about you?

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi


Mary Stella said...

Since your sister Beth is a strong member of my support team and one of my critique partners, I'd say I have the best!

Tori Lennox said...

I've got a pretty good support system, too, though I'm currently without a critique partner. But that's okay. I can cope with that. :)

Beth Ciotta said...

Barb/Elle, I think it's awesome that Larry supports you like that. So special and important.

Speaking of support, you have been there in a tremendous way for me. I so appreciate your insight and thoughts on my WIPs! I haven't been there for you in that capactity as much as I'd like. I mean to change that.

In addition to you, I can always rely on Cyndi V and Mary S to help me brainstorm and to critique my work. They've been invaluable to me as friends and advisors for many years.

Wishing you and Amanda, who is awesome, a successful, inspiring partnership!

SIS Beth

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi Mary!

I'll agree. You've got the best. It's really nice when you can work with friends.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi Tori,

Absolutely you can cope. I read your blog almost daily and I'm inspired by the amount of writing you do each day. You go girl!

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi Beth,

I'm happy to be there for you anytime you need fresh eyes. It's beneficial to me as well. It really is a learning experience for me. I think we can all learn something from other writers.

So glad to hear your CP's have been ongoing for so many years. You guys have built wonderful relationships full of trust.

Amanda is really great. I'm lucky to have her!

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

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