I want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to read my first chapter and give me such thoughtful feedback.
Of course I love to hear from those of you who enjoyed it and even said you would buy the book after reading the first chapter - that puts a huge smile on my face - but I was also really happy to hear about the sections that didn't work for you, for whatever reason. I've already gone back through the draft and made several revisions based on your feedback so thank you, thank you, thank you.
I'm heading off to my first meeting with this writer's group that I found recently and I'll be reading this chapter aloud. I'm incredibly nervous - I HATE speaking in front of people - but I'm also looking forward to getting even more feedback so that I can further improve the story.
When chapter two is up to snuff I'll post it here so you can follow along and give me more of your thoughts.
I was doing a proofreading job for a client today so I was able to watch a lot of the Obama inauguration ceremony on and off. It was beautiful and moving and inspirational. His speech was one of the best pieces of writing I've heard in a long time. I love his verbs. However, as wonderful as watching the young Obama family take their new position at the helm, I thought the best part was when George Bush climbed onto that helicopter and took off. I waved "bye, bye" at the TV.