The next time I get one of those letters in the mail that says “thanks for your submission, but we can’t use it in our publication at this time”;
the next time I tell myself there are so many better things I could do with my time than writing(like doing laundry, for example);
the next time I assume every other writer is better than me and I’m simply wasting my time;

I will remember that Vicki said this of me:

“Her writing has this ability to cut to the core of my person. She can put into words things that only constrict me into a mental breakdown!”

or this:

“She can take the passing thoughts that flutter through our minds and put them down into words that make you say out-loud, ‘Yes, how did you know?'”

and I will smile.

Wow! I hardly feel worthy of such high praise, but I will accept it graciously and try to remember that any gifts I have been given are meant to be shared. You are more than welcome to partake – provided you share yours in return!

Thank you Vicki for lifting my spirits in such a beautiful, heartfelt way. Now the rest of you should run on over and visit Vicki, because she’s one of those people you will feel almost instantly could become your best friend. I think, if we spent an afternoon together, we’d barely stop laughing long enough to take a bite of that delicious apple cake she makes! (Which reminds me – I have some apples that need to be used soon… hmmm…)

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