A little over 30 people came to the reading and celebration last night. I was nervous before the reading until Wesley got up on our makeshift stage and said the nicest, most encouraging things on the planet about me-as-writer. And I have to say that the accomplishment of the thesis didn’t really hit me until I heard someone else describing what it took for me to get there…and by the time she was done introducing me to a houseful of supportive friends, my nervousness had melted and all that remained was the sense that there was something I had to say, and that it was already written down and now all I had to do was read it. And read I did.
I don’t believe I’ve ever felt so supported in my writing life as I did last night. I’ve been smiling for 24 hours straight! Thank you, friends!