Thursday, February 25, 2010
ABNA part 4: Friendship
This was the most important aspect of the contest for me. It was better than making the cut, better than the reviews, better than making the semi-finals.
I made some really great friends. Friends I consider lifelong. Some are local and I talk to them every once in awhile and we try to get together about once or twice a year. Others live all over the globe and I talk to them on facebook mostly. There are a handful that I became really close to. We talk by email nearly every day and I've even met a couple of them in person.
These friendships mean everything to me. I've never known any other writers, and it's nice to have someone to share your writing with, people you trust to critique your work. People to laugh with, commiserate with, to celebrate our successes and cry over our disappointments.
Of course, like with any friendship, we have our share of debates, fights, and drama, but I hope that these friendship can endure these tiny speed bumps, because like I said, they mean a lot and I would be lost without them.
(New York photos courtesy of Rick Kopstein)
My Dad. He's awesome.
John Messina, Personal Injury Attorney