Sunday, August 19, 2012
Sharing happiness is something that is very important to me. I think one of the best feelings in the world is that moment when you know you have made a difference for another person and somehow made their life a happier one whether it is in a small way or a larger one. That can mean doing favors, being there for someone, sharing your own happy news or even just giving someone a pick me up when they are down.
I try my best to always do any of the above whenever the chance arises. That is why I do what I do, everything from my writing to my covers are for other people and hoping I can make a difference in the only ways I know how.
I love to do pro-bono work and in my everyday work get to make a difference through writing, hosting authors on my other blog The Writers Voice and spreading the word, blogging here on my website and doing my covers!
I love getting e-mails back from authors who are in love with their covers. I would literally slave for those e-mails because that moment of happiness for them is the very best feeling in the world to me because I know I was able to make a difference for someone and that is all I want.
With Owlet, I wrote it for girls like my 10-17 year old self who don't have anyone they can look up to who shares their limitations. Being an asthmatic felt like a curse at times until I learned to realize the ways it changes my perspective and somehow managed to make me a better person. I think every rewrite and every day I spent reading and rereading Owlet to try and get it right since I was 17, what kept me going was that if Owlet can help even one girl out there, it will all have been worth it.
I know it all seems very career oriented but there are also so many other ways to spread happiness! I help friends or neighbors with DIY projects and for some reason was given a talent for... plumbing... yeah, I don't understand how that managed to happen. Plumbing, wood work, cleaning and organizing, etc. even though I have never taken a class having to do with any of it in my life other than my solar electronics classes that I took because it worked well with my classes to help me reach my goals of naturally powers A. I.s for children in hospitals. (if I hadn't gone into the literary field I probably would have been an A. I. specialist - or at least I would like to think so :-p My goal as a child was to create highly intelligent animal A. I.s who could be emotional support for children in the hospitals since after my own time in the hospital and my fears after my family left, I figured I couldn't have been the only one who was so afraid of being left alone). Helping others can be anything from being the person at the other end of the couch moving furniture in to the neighbor's house to being the person who critiques work for someone before they send it in. It all depending on what spreading happiness means to you.
So here is a question: What does spreading happiness mean to you?
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