Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Unfinished Song: InitiateI just finished reading An Unfinished Song: Initiate by Tara Maya.  The greatest compliment I can give is that while I was readin it; I wanted to know “What happens next?”  Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and for once I found a story that didn’t involve sucking blood from someone’s neck.  It was exciting, fun, humorous and thought provoking.  If I have a complaint at all about the book, it’s that it was over too soon, and with a cliff hanger that left me aching for more.  The e-version I read on my Kindle had an excerpt from the sequel but I fought with myself NOT to read it.  I didn’t want to be teased, again, and want more- even more.  I enjoyed it very much while I was reading it, and after I finished it; it still occupied my thoughts.  I liked it so much that I wanted to reach out to the author and let her know how I felt about it. 
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.”

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Vince. You are absolutely right that one of the great things about cyberspace is writers and readers can have a dialogue. It is more like performing on a stage than writing in a cave. I think in that sense, it brings us back to the roots of storytelling, where the storyteller orated in front of a live audience, and the distinction between the written and acted word was much closer. I can't tell you how nice it is to wake up to a blog post like this, so unexpectedly. THANK YOU. :)

    Tara Maya
    The Unfinished Song: Initiate (UK)
    The Unfinished Song: Initiate (US)