On a break at work last night I was checking emails on my phone and there was a message via FB from one of my friends that she had looked at Song and Sword on Amazon and there was a second review up.
Since I still had about six hours to go until I was home, changed, and at my computer, I did the only rational thing: I called my roommate and had her look it up and read it to me.
(I should seriously make her write a guest post about the trials and tribulations of living with a writer…)
It was a good review (5 stars) and I was jazzed the rest of the night.
And thoroughly frustrated because there wasn’t anyone I could tell.
Now, granted, the review was from February, but it was “new to me” because I have quit obsessively checking for reviews because a) there haven’t been many (two on the US side and one on the UK site) and because b) that way lies madness.
I love the UK review – mostly because of the story behind it.
It is from a friend of mine who bought the book at its introductory price just to help me out and show support for a friend. Thus began a series of FB messages.
In the first one, he told me that he doesn’t like fantasy (he only reads non-fiction mostly war history and such “You know, bloke stuff.”) and had expected to read a couple pages and quit.
At the time he told me that he was on chapter five.
The next day he told me he was on chapter 20 and asked if he could play Pashevel in the movie version.
I cannot tell you how much that made me smile – inside and out.
Sadly, he only plays the trombone, not the lyre or flute. I did offer him the role of Pashevel’s father, though, which he declined.
A few days later he told me that there had better be a couple marriages by the end of the book.
And then he posted an endorsement for it on FaceBook and I felt like I’d reached nirvana – or at least the pages of Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul. (Yes, there really is such a book. I checked. And then I downloaded it to my Kindle where I won’t have to find shelf space for it.)
I think that even more than the good reviews is the fact that two of the three admitted that this is not a genre that they normally read – but they loved it.
(And my UK friend is waiting for a sequel…)
So, yeah, it’s the little things that brighten a writer’s day – a good review, knowing that you’re touched someone with your words, people wanting more…
(And in only-semi-related news, I just made my 123rd post on my poetry blog. Since I only use it for NaPoWriMo that means I am on my fifth year of participating in National Poetry Writing Month. That sort of blows my mind because it doesn’t seem like it has been that long.)