Whatever the reason, my two chickie-babe-friends deserve a shout-out. So here it is:
Russo: This dudette never gives up. Not. For. A. Moment. You may have gathered from a few of her posts that her life has not been a bed of roses. Or maybe it has been - a bed with thorns. You would not know that by hanging with the woman. She has a perma-smile on her face and is always upbeat. She laughs easily and loudly and has no problem talking about things she has learned in life--things most people would put under lock and key and never let out. Russo lets them out, and we are better for it. It's nice to see someone who has been through so much coming out the other side with a smile on her face and hand-sanitizer in her purse. And her pocket. And in her jockey-box. And probably tucked into her awesome and epic hair-piece.
The thing about Russo? She learns. She takes notes. She studies. She never stops trying to improve herself. Look at her writing, if you want an example. She started out great on our blog: frank, honest, open, funny. Now she writes posts that are often brilliant. They have the same ingredients as at the beginning, but are more seasoned and savvy, and hit her points dead-on.. As for that urge to improve herself? She spreads it around. Those of you in whose blogs she has left comments know this. People in our critique group really do save her comments on their manuscripts because they are so encouraging and personal and insightful. This is a woman with a heart of gold.
Russo needs to be bottled and sold. Everyone needs a little bit of her in their lives.
Maegan: She has referred to herself as a barn-rat (partly because she works with animals). At first I took umbrage at this because she is a beautiful girl. Want proof? Go back to her earliest posts on our blog and look at her picture (back when we thought we were going to use the same picture of ourselves with each post so people would know who we were. Duh.) In particular, look at her eyes. Yeah, I know. They look right through you and make you want to know what she's thinking, right? And it would be worth finding out, because her thoughts are careful and brilliant, and pretty much spot-on. About everything. Wait until you read the book she's writing. Her insight into the tiny bits of us that make us tick will give you shivers.
Maegan is methodical and works very hard. She has more discipline than I'll ever have, and I'm old enough to be hers and Russo's
So do you see why I'm lucky to share this blog with my two gnome-slaying compadres? And share our critique group? And a few bakeries, smoothie shops, Indian restaurants, bookstores, basements with big TV's, and on occasion, my mini-van (in which we have gotten lost too many times)?
Stick around. You need to get to know them better.