I'm a tad excited because I've cleared my morning so that I can spend it writing. This isn't the norm, so I'm a bit giddy. If I had my druthers (that must be a real word, since spellchecker thinks so), I would always write in the morning. From 6:30 straight until lunch. That, right there, is my dream life.
At any rate, submissions for the Critique Partner Dating Service are open until noon EDT today, and the entries (and dating service rules) will post on Tuesday morning. I'm hopeful that some more good pairings will happen! If, when you see your post, there's an error or omission (such as a missing email), please let me know. I will make all necessary changes.
And finally, without belaboring the point--I was admittedly taken aback by the flurry of defensive, oh-but-you're-so-wrong responses to Wednesday's post, both here and at other places on the web. Honestly? When someone shares her dream and her personal reasons for pursuing it, that's not the time to proselytize your own point of view (at least, not here; you can say anything you want in your own communities). I didn't disparage anyone else's decision or point out what was wrong with someone else's experience or viewpoint.
What I did say was this: Really, it's all good. The most important thing is for each of us to understand what we want and why we want it. And then to grab it with both hands and hang on for dear life.
I do appreciate the two or three thoughtful responses from Indie writers, though, and naturally those are the ones I'll keep in mind.
Really, folks. You're allowed to be passionate about what you do, and you're allowed to think that someone else's idea or approach or opinion doesn't smell so great. But when someone says, "This is what I want and this is why I want it," that's not your cue to jump all over her and spout all the reasons why she's wrong.
Dreams aren't wrong, dear ones. (And I know that you, my regular and beloved readers, already know this.)
At any rate, I'm off to begin my Happy Morning. (Afternoons are for naps. Why can't it work out that way?) As always, thanks for who you are--and have a delightful weekend!