Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked.
So many people take the time to make us feel special, don't they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook.
To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I think kindness is contagious, I'm participating too!
In fact, I've got TWO special shout-outs I'd like to give.
Shout-out #1 goes to P.J. Hoover over at Roots in Myth. Not only is P.J. a wonderful writer and hugely interactive in the writing community, but she was one of the very first people to regularly comment on my blog when I started. We quickly found we share an affection for Star Trek, tortoises and myths of all kinds, and we've been friends ever since.
As a new blogger and hopeful author, it was so fun for me to get to know someone on the "inside" and P.J. has been incredibly encouraging and supportive. The world of kidlit is full of amazing and warm-hearted authors, but P.J. in particular continues to inspire me with her generosity and general fabulousness.
(Plus she recently sold TWO BOOKS TO TOR!!! *happy dance*)
P.J, you rock and as my RAOK gift to you, I'm sending you the delightful ARCs, Of Poseidon and Monstrous Beauty, two very different takes on the mermaid myth!
Shout-out #2 goes to Charley R. at The Leaning Tower of Plot. Here are three things you need to know about Charley.
1. She is hilarious. Truly. Her blog makes me giggle every time.
2. She's commented on pretty much every blog post I've put up since we became friends. Those of you who blog, you know how much regular commenters mean. Often it's very easy to just read a post and move on without commenting. (I am terrible at comments myself.) Charley makes that extra effort. Someday I hope to be as good an online friend as she is.
3. She's British AND goes to boarding school, which not only makes her 67% cooler than me, it also means she's 83% more likely to get sucked into a fantastic, magical world someday.
Charley, if that ever happens, come back and tell me, okay? And as my RAOK gift to you, I'm sending you a signed copy of the The Near Witch, because it has moors in it. *grin* (along with the book you won a few weeks ago, which I've been holding so I could send everything at once.)
If you have a minute, please stop in to say hi to P.J. and Charley and tell them how awesome they are. And if you have someone special that you'd like to randomly acknowledge, don't be shy--come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness makes the world go round.
Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for YOU as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.
Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act Of Kindness? Let me know in the comments!