North of Boston
I’m feeling pretty drained right now. My dear friend Susan passed away three days ago. She was only 57. With two fine adult sons the same ages as my boys. And an adoring second husband. To put it completely without eloquence, it sucks.
So I’m thinking about what feeds us when we’re blue, when we’re out of energy, when we need a boost. For me, hugs from loved ones certainly help. What else?
A good walk in fresh air. Sitting in Friends worship or quiet meditation at home. Losing myself in an excellent novel. Homemade bread warm from the oven with a good slather of butter. A really nice glass of red wine, slowly sipped.
But what about compliments? I got a totally unexpected boost from an unsolicited source on the weekend.
A short story I wrote, “Just Desserts for Johnny,” was published in the online Kings River Life Magazine. That made me feel good, but I already knew it had been accepted. It was a satisfying story to write, because it allowed me to exact revenge in fiction on a very real fraudulent press I had a run in with several years ago. So it was doubly good that it was now out in the hands of the reading public. But again, I had written it a while ago.
When I read through the reader comments, though, I was blown away by one of them made by a very esteemed editor and writer after she
So when I read what she had to say about my story, I was over the moon!
“Just Desserts for Johnny” by Edith Maxwell is a model short story, from the perfect opening line to the satisfying, twist end. Love it!
And then there’s this nice boost that just arrived in the mail. A box of twenty Advance Review Copies of ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part, out May 27! Isn’t that a fun cover?
Readers: What gives you a boost? I’ll give one of the ARCs to a commenter who offers a boost (and hope you’ll review it, too!).