Friendship (n) - a friendly feeling or disposition; a friendly relation or intimacy; the state of being a friend.
Over the years I have had some good friendships and some bad friendships. I have also been a good friend and have been a bad friend. Whatever the circumstances, I have learned something from all of them, and I consider any time I've spent with them a blessing. Besides my upbringing and environment, the friendships I've had helped mold the person I am today.
I'm writing this post today for a special group of friends...or should I say two groups. The first group was formed about two years ago out of a desire to be a better writer. I met these friends on a contest writers' forum. Every year Amazon Publishing has a free contest trying to find the next great breakthrough novel....Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). Every year 10,000 entrants lobby to because a publishing/marketing prodigy of Amazon's. It's a great contest with great forums/threads. Anyway, that's how I met this group. We formed a beta readers group where we meet once a month and review each others' writings and provide encouragement.
I've entered ABNA four years now...well, technically, three years because the first year I waited to the last minute and the contest closed. I still count that for some reason. I guess the preparation has something to do with it. There are several rounds you have to get through to become a finalist and I've only made it through the first round once, and that was last year. The "Pitch" round, they call it, because it's your chance to pitch your book to a reviewer and make it sound better than the other 9,999 entrants. Yesterday I found out that I didn't make it, but the five other members of my beta group did. Although I'm a little disappointed, I'm not sad because five of my friends are still in the running....and there will always be next year for me to try again. My friendship with these people...strangers, really, because I've not met one of them in person...keeps me motivated to do something that I love and that I know will eventually help me to reach my author's goal. My fingers are crossed for each of them .
The second group of friends are the ones here locally who know I write and enter this contest every year. My friend Frank marks it on the office calendar. They are all mad with Amazon this morning.
Love them all.....