Yes, it's the Big Day (not so "big", really), so I'm treating myself by not hanging around here much.
(Don't take that wrong. You know I love you.)
So while I'm busy eating cupcakes and pondering the direction of my life and all that, I have a small request. Will you share ONE THING you've received from this blog community?
It can be something big, like an agent or a book deal. It can be something that SEEMS smaller than that (like the courage to do a revision or a renewed faith in what you're doing), but that will potentially have a huge effect down the road.
Maybe you found your crit partner here.
Maybe you learned how to critique.
Maybe you grew the first layer of your Thick Skin here.
Maybe it occurred to you, after two years here, that you actually want to be a taxidermist instead of a writer.
Whatever your story--whatever way you've been touched--please share! Even if you've already shared it (or even if I've already showcased you as a success story). It will be the best present ever.