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Thank you to all of you lovelies who pop in each day - I don't expect to have an audience here, but there is one. Quite a dedicated audience who likes to drop by and read whatever I'm ranting about. I don't try to rant :/ In any case, I find it interesting that some of you nibbling your sandwiches and as you scroll through your iPhone or visit me on the train ride home zip in to check on me and zip back out again. It's just an interesting concept.
In addition, I've been receiving a lot of private messages via the Contact Form and I can't say thank you enough to all the encouraging and supportive words. There is nothing which pleases an author more than to hear from someone who enjoys their work, to share that. It's not even that you like what I write, it's that you took the time to tell me, personally, how it touched you. I've had numerous emails of length explaining to me why the Waldorf Manor series has been special to you. I never knew Brayden would teach you lessons (although I'd certainly hoped so!) or that there are a lot more Alice's out there than expected. I am one of them :) Or that you loved the way Bennett was redeemed. Those kinds of pauses in your day to feedback to me are helpful and of course, encouraging. They give me insight and remind me that even if I don't hear from 90% of people who read or visit this site everyday, there is 10% who went out of their way to share their thoughts.
For those of you who didn't know, I took on a temporary assignment outside of the home. It was supposed to be a three month thing but after four weeks, unfortunately, gossip and bullying were prevelent themes at this office and regardless of the position I held of President's assistant, I wasn't protected. And so with as much integrity as I could, I left. I am back home writing fultime. It's what I love. I absolutely love waking up in the morning and coming down the stairs to get my first coffee of the day and turning on my laptop. Before I even open my draft of book IV in the Waldorf Manor series, I'm writing. In my head. As I go back upstairs and decide what to wear I'm thinking about a review. I'm considering the validity and truth to their words (if they were critical). I'm wondering what my next blog post should be or where else I can promote to gain more readers and widespread audience. By the time I'm at my computer I'm beside myself excited to revisit Waldorf Manor because even though I'm working and writing (75 hours per week), I get to be inside the story. Obviously. But I feel like all that time writing is often spent hanging out with Brayden and Bennett. Well, not really 'hanging out.' They don't 'hang out.' They sit up straight. And that's fine, I have good posture. So I fit right in.
By the time I need to return to the real world, make dinner, answer my mobile phone (when it's not Dinah McLeod) and to save my draft for the day, a temporary melancholy washes over me. I usually draw it out as long as I can. My very patient (and also rightfully so, quick to correct) husband could have dinner at 5:30 pm but almost every night it's more like 7 pm because I can't stop writing. I don't want to. I love it there. I really do. Alas, I love him more and so we eat before ten.
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