I consider myself first and foremost, an actor, ( Actor- noun- A person with an infinite capacity to accept praise.) and my writing is an extension of that. I like to “perform” and I feel that “writing,” for someone else to read what I have created, is a performance. As such, applause is always nice after the performance is over. Readers very seldom get to applaud the efforts of an author. With the advent of the Internet it is not only possible to applaud but also express other emotions that the work caused. How cool is that? As a reader I am grateful for that opportunity and as a writer I appreciate the feedback (good and bad) that comes my way.
So I sent a short note to Ms. Maya to let her know I think her story is a “good read” and look forward to the sequel so I can see “what happens next.” I hope she got the message, and is receptive to my “applause.” Wouldn’t it be great if we could contact other “artists” we admire, directly; and know that they received the message and read it.
Dear Sir Paul, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how much your music, along with the other lads, has meant to me over the last 40+ years. Without exaggeration you were the strongest influence on my young life, and I carry your spirit with me to this day. I just wish George and John were still with us to continue what was started so many years ago, and I am saddened deeply by their loss. Did you ever think that “When I’m 64” would be so poignant? Thanks again for all of the tunes, can’t wait to see what happen next. Respectfully Submitted, etc. <sigh>
I could send that out into cyber space, and he might even read it….somehow…it could happen….but I would never know he did, or that it made a bit of difference to him amid the millions of accolades he has received.
Next time I will tell you the story of how a group of us reached out to one of our heroes, and the result of a year-long effort to give him a spectacular birthday present and the results. Hopefully that tease will want you to tune in next time to “see what happens.”