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Birthday Gifts
     I've had a really wonderful birthday. Thanks Bob, thanks Andy, thanks all of you lovely friends and co-workers!
     I hope it doesn't sound too self-indulgent or selfish to say that I gave myself a birthday present, too.
     I finished a story that has taken me two years to write. It started well, staggered and lurched forward, made me crazy, made me happy, stretched me, forced me to edit myself, and ended a little better.  It was hard, it was easy, it was boring, it was exciting, it was far more than I'd ever expected it to be.
     I fell in love with the characters. They became real to me, and once that happened, they told me the story. I learned to wait for it. And of course, once it arrived, I messed with it, cut it, added to it, sat and looked at it, screamed at it, and screamed with joy - yes, right out loud - when the right words happened, when I realized what the characters were trying to do, when I actually smartened the hell up and listened to them.
     I've mentioned it before, but it bears saying again; writing the story turned me into a fiction writer again. Happy birthday to me.

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ellycatinoz
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
Oooh happy birthday! Glad it is a good un.

Ficbirthday! Fantastic!!!
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Now I just have to start back on another multi-chapter fic I've avoided for months, and do a quick ficathon challenge I completely forgot having taken on. It'll be late. Sigh.
maruad
Sep. 18th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
Congrats on your re-entry to fiction writing!!!

The birthday... that goes without saying ... HBD (Happy Birth-Day)!
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! Ooo, that reminds me, I need to get over to your LJ and comment on your latest.

Edited at 2008-09-18 08:56 pm (UTC)
grbggrl
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Happy Day after your Birthday! Hope you had a great one. ::hugs::
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my dear - hugs back at you!
(And I love your icon.)
belsum
Sep. 18th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!! Hope you got all the motivators you were dreaming of!
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! As for motivators, I got some absolutely lovely ones. I love the Motivator Thread.
dameruth
Sep. 18th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
(Belated) congratulations on all fronts! Yay! :D
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yay, indeed! I always accept congratulations, no matter how belated, so thank you.
stickykeys633
Sep. 18th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Kaffyr! I tried DESPERATELY to shoot you out a Happy Birthday yesterday, but evidently the internet didn't want me too! I hope it was lovely!
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hey there! That's OK; teh IntarWebs, they iz tetchy sometimes, neh? The shout-out's appreciated at all times! Hope life is being good to you, out there in The West.
stickykeys633
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
It's.... being! ;)

I'm glad you had a great day lady!
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