Thursday, May 27, 2010

Love Fest

I love my job.

I get to live in a fictional world part of the day, talk to myself, wear whatever I want, answer emails and go on Facebook whenever it suits me. I don’t have staff meetings and my only boss is The Deadline.

Even better, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know some amazing people since my first book hit the shelves in 2006. In addition to fab authors like the Cozy Chicks, there are readers I’ve never met but have become dear to me through Yahoo! groups or other social network sites. And then there are the personal interactions. I’ve met folks at Malice Domestic, library talks, and signings that I now count among my friends.

One of these wonderful individuals, my friend Loretta, works with animals and is a very special person. She comes to all of my signings and we meet every now and again for lunch. Last week, after a long stretch of not seeing one another, we had lunch and she presented me with the most amazing surprise (see photos).

She designed these pillows and her mother embroidered them. After I’d hugged her, I rushed home and showed them to everyone who came within two miles of my house.

See why I love my job? I sit down every day and picture the faces of the precious readers that have become my friends and I get a daily source of fresh inspiration.

Yes, this post is a love fest. To Loretta and to all the people I’ve gotten to know since I mailed out my first query letter, thank you!

What has someone done for you lately that had you smiling all day?

10 comments:

Dru said...

Those pillows are beautiful! Handcrafted gifts are the best.

tonya kappes said...

That's great! All my followers make me smile everyday.

Lover of Books said...

My hubby got me a chocolate bar last night. So didn't need it but it was so nice. :) He knows it's that time of the month for me. :)

Krista

Mare F said...

They are outstanding!

Deborah Sharp said...

Lovely post, JB. I try not to forget most people are genuinely nice and thoughtful (hard to do some days when someone has been mean). Then I see a sweet gesture like the pillows made by your reader, and realize authors are very lucky to be able to inspire folks like that. Something nice? Four friends who've already seen my dog-and-pony show came to a ''Mama Rides Shotgun'' signing over the weekend in Tampa,Fla., and listened to me all over again. Thanks, y'all!

signlady217 said...

My mom is probably my biggest cheerleader! Doesn't seem to matter what I do, she's always in my corner!

Leann Sweeney said...

What a wonderful keepsake. Readers are so great!

Shel said...

These are great! My husband came home two hours before I was expecting him, bearing roses on Tuesday night :) I'm STILL smiling.

jbstanley said...

Some lovely things have happened this week. Great to hear it, friends!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I am soooo jealous! MJ