Sometimes when I am really tired and on deadline and have a sink full of dishes and a pile of laundry that is nearly to the ceiling (okay. It's only to my knees, but still...), I want to toss my laptop and whatever manuscript happens to be driving me batty into the nearest trashcan or out the nearest window (which, at the moment, is a tempting two foot away). Generally, right around that point where the laptop is heading for the window and I am heading for the nearest vacation location (or loony bin), God sends me a little boost to keep me going. The other day, at one of my lowest points of the year (I'm sure there will be more seeing as how it is only the very end of February), I received this:
Dear Mrs. McCoy,
I was astonished of your book Cold Case Murder Without A Trace. Personaly I think you should win a Gold medal for it.
My favorite line was when you said your bluntness is charming. When you write me back I hope you can tell me some more names of your Books because your book that I've read is the best one yet and I really don't like to read but you have inspired me to read more.
It made me smile. It actually made me laugh. No one has ever told me I should win a gold medal for a book. I smiled. I laughed. I remembered exactly why it was that I didn't want to toss my laptop out the window and abandon my latest project forever. I wrote the student and mailed a copy of my newest release, and then I got back to work.
So, Dion, wherever you are, thank you for saving my laptop from death by two-story fall into a snowy yard and inspiring me to work through another mucky middle of the manuscript!
I personally think you should win a gold medal for your effort!