Saturday, July 21, 2012

Acknowledgments

Critiques are trickling in ... and I am shocked and surprised that my husband and children have been able to read my manuscript within a week. So there's been some lively discussion around the dinner table about hooks and endings, why something had to be a certain way, and names! My kids are fascinated how much care I take with choosing names.

I think it's time to practice writing acknowledgments. So here goes:

To my beloved cats, one who sat on my manuscript pages as I tried to edit them, and the other, who chewed on the ends of pages, I owe you everything. Your purring gave voice to my characters. You helped me take naps, during which time seemingly intractable plotting problems were solved. You minded the children, giving me more writing time. I don't know how I could've ever finished this story without your constant encouragement. I could never get tired of your meows. Thank you! Tuna for everyone!

To Sunny, who has been my praying and thinking companion for four years, I owe you my good health and good ideas. You warmed my feet and kept me active when I'd rather not have taken a walk. You sat beside me and listened to every word I read from the manuscript with rapt attention. You kept the kids and cats in line. Tuna for you as well!

To my family and friends, you know how much you've done. Thank you! Tuna all around!

 

6 comments:

Faith E. Hough said...

:) I think if you squeeze in the SC alligators, it'll be perfect. Do they like tuna? ;)

Bish Denham said...

Ha! Here's to inspiration wherever it comes from!

Vijaya said...

Faith, those alligators came rather late during the revision, but you never know for the next project :)

Bish, critters = inspiration. I think even a cockroach could use an acknowledgment now and again.

Christina Farley said...

So cute! I always love reading an author's acknowledgements because it gives me a little peek into their lives and the creation of their books.

Vijaya said...

Christina, me too! As you can see, I'm just getting started. Have a long way to go ...

wordwranglernc said...

heehee! Love the all the accolades for the kitties. I toast them with a tuna melt shake! :)