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Sometimes it's luck...

you make me smile
... and somtimes it's good choices.

"When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing." -- Enrique Jardiel Poncela

I always liked that quote. Because I work to write such that the words flowed around the readers like water and they saw their own version of the movie in my mind that played as I wrote. But something occured to me last night while reading the appreciation page of a book I'd randomly picked up midst a bout of insomnia.

I don't work alone.

See, I have a safety net that I depend on. And it's woven with careful knots of truth and consequences.

I have good friends who will read my chapters before posting. They'll make suggestions and catch typos. They'll tell me what I need to hear to find the courage each time to post another chapter and risk the very real possibility that someone will find fault and share it with me. They are precious to me and I live in this world of words because of them.

But, I only have one beta. And she has the thankless job of trying to find each misuse of a homophone, any incorrect fact, and as many typos as possible. It's her job to look at a phrase that I found beautiful when writing and reply with a "really?" And it's her job to take a deep breath and simply nod when I bullheadishly insist on keeping it. It's her job to keep me honest, to keep me trying, to help me stay the course.

In the "real world," these tasks are completed by an Editor. In the appreciation page of this book I picked up, the author's editor was thanked profusely and with almost electric prose. It occured to me, though, that while that editor gave so much of themselves so that the author's story could reach the world intact, they were paid.

So, paltry as it may be, this is my offer of payment to my beta.

Kelly, I thank you. I say it in each chapter; I want you to know that I mean it every time. I don't know if it was luck or a good choice, but I'm glad you stuck with me through so many stories.

Go raibh tú leathuair ar Neamh sula mbeadh a fhios ag an diabhal go bhfuil tú marbh.

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( 10 Tall Tales — Tell Me A Story )
jennygeee
Mar. 16th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I would like to thank her to - I'm happy you have someone you can depend on and trust so much - it must your task much easier!

I'm way behind commenting and for that I apologise - I have read up to the last chapter (which I will read tomorrow) - I'm really, really enjoying this and I know I'll be so sad when I've read the last one.

But on a brighter note, I've got your next one to look forward to :D *hint*

xx
gaelicspirit
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, there will be more. I have some details in the final chapter to entice you.

:)

No worries on being behind -- you're doing just fine. I'm happy whenever I hear from you.
lovinjackson
Mar. 16th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Awww :) *hugs* to you and *hugs* to Kelly :)
gaelicspirit
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hee. Thanks.
eaglegirl6
Mar. 17th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Oh, gosh, now you've done it. Gone and made me cry :) I think it was my dumb luck that we met up. I feel priviledged that you allow me to play a little part in the sharing of your amazing stories.

I would request a small payment though... A signed copy of each of your blockbuster novels?

Thanks for making my day,
Kelly

PS, I'll be reading this over and over.
gaelicspirit
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
If I ever publish, then you got it. I will send signed copies your way. :)

And you're welcome.
ash48
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Beta's are the best - there is no doubt. And it's a fairly thankless task - (other than from the person they are beta'ing for). I never feel thanks are enough when I thank my beta (mine's for vidding, not for fics) - I don't know what I'd do without her. (though your post was inspirational - I think we need a beta appreciation day!)

I have been reading your latest story and I LOVE it. I haven't commented yet because a) I want to finish it and b) there's a lot I want to say and I want to get my thoughts together for it. I print out your stories, so I can enjoy them away from the computer and so I can take my time with them.

All the best.
xx

gaelicspirit
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
I look forward to hearing from you when you're able to finish!

Thank you. :)
arafel979
Mar. 17th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
What would we do without those in our lives who support us and prop us up and kick us in the pants, and basically, with their innate sense of who we are and what we need and when we need it, do whatever is necessary help us make it through?-And because they care for us and about us-no other reason, just because they care. And thanks to BOTH of you, WE get these wonderful storites to read! Life is beautiful in that way, isn't it? :)
gaelicspirit
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Life is beautiful! :) Hee.
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