November is a great month to give thanks. So…
I know I don’t post frequently here on my blog or write a story every month to share, but I am always thinking about stories and working on them. I get alerts from FFN and AO3 when someone reads a fanfic, and these are wonderful bright spots in my days. I love when older stories, fics for fandoms long quiet, get a kudo or a like. I love getting comments or reviews, too.
I received this one just this past week on an “ancient” Janice/Mel (Xena uber) story:
Going Home is a 78k+ adventure story set in the 1940s Mediterranean, centered around Xena and Gabrielle descendants Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas. Originally written in 1999. This story (and its sequel Home Front) are every bit as long as my published novels. So that’s quite an investment in time by this reader. The person left the note as a “guest” so i couldn’t personally thank them. But truly, I do. Thank you!
I appreciate all my reviews, even just kudos or likes. They’re helpful to keep me positive. Just like leaving a review at a restaurant, a review for a story is seen by me — and others — as appreciation.
I don’t ask that you forward all my book links to all your friends. Leaving a simple star-review on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble, your own blog, or in a readers group, is even more powerful than that. Reviews posted in these places reach people you and I don’t know, but who might just be looking for this kind of story to lift their spirits, or while away a few hours enjoying a fantasy while real life is busy being so darn real.
I’m going to get better about writing reviews for the books I finish. I hope you’ll consider doing the same. Thank you.