We, as writers, spend countless minutes and hours at our keyboards, grinding stories until they are made into the finest powder we can create, to put stories to a page that we can only hope many eyes will see. We toil with adjectives and adverbs, we argue with grammar and punctuation and we stress ourselves with synonyms. We fret over story lines and we mold characters into strange and exciting people.
Each time that star or conversation bubble appears we anxiously look to see who has taken the time to like our work and comment on the words we have strung together. With those comments we create relationships that span cities, countries, even continents and forge a bond that may always remain digital. We share in each others joys and triumphs and we offer words of encouragement through the tough times. We become friends.
I have come to realize the irrefutable truth in this phenomenon over the last week. So many of you have reached out to offer condolences and words of sympathy and it has meant more to me than my words can express. I truly appreciate the depth of the relationships we have created in this literary and photographic world and thank you for each virtual hug, each word of encouragement and each expression of love. You are a tremendously special group of friends and I thank you.