Few songs sum up life better than With a Little Help From my Friends by The Beatles. In particular, this seems to be one of the recurring themes in both my life and career:
*Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends*
*Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends*
Seriously – how amazing is it to have friends that you can pour out your problems to, celebrate the good with, commiserate on the bad, and truly just share life with? Never has this been more apparent than in the past year.
Last fall, my friend and fellow author, Heather Snow and I both had similar (extremely nerve-wracking) deadlines. With only weeks left, we each still had a lot of writing to do. Like, a LOT. I mean, the kind that would have sent our respective editors into cold sweats if they had known.
Alone, the task seemed impossible. With not nearly enough hours in the day to write, feed ourselves and our families, and still do things like brush our teeth, Heather and I were both feeling overwhelmed. BUT….when we discovered we were in the same boat, we suddenly found the cheerleader and accountability partner we needed.
Every single night, no matter if it was midnight or 3 am, we would text the other our word count for the day. We would call when we were stuck, the result of which was copious amounts of peptalks and butt-kickings along the way. And when the deadlines came bearing down on us like a high-speed train in those last days, we somehow, miraculously made it to the finish line.
From that experience, SWEET MADNESS and FLIRTING WITH FORTUNE were born. Not only did we succeed in turning in the books, we actually somehow turned out good books, lol. Need proof? Heather’s SWEET MADNESS got the coveted four and a half star ranking from RT Magazine!
Oh, I get by with a little (or lot!) help from my friends
Another case in point: Yesterday, I released my surprise novella, RUINED BY A RAKE. All along I had planned on the April 1 release, but darn if the edits didn’t end up taking waaay longer than expected. So, of course, I was literally pushing my deadline to the very last possible moment.
I had invited Catherine Gayle for Easter dinner (back when I thought the novella would already be out of my hair), and bless her, she spent half her time here helping me with my five hundred million questions (give or take a million). Seriously - the woman was a *saint*. I could have been stressed to the gills, frustrated and upset, but with Catherine here, she totally saved the day. What’s more, she did it with a smile. (And not just because I plied her with ham and pasta salad). (Okay, maybe the ham had a little to do with it).
Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends :-)
The Beatles, with all the wisdom of a bunch of twenty-somethings, where truly on to something. How do your friends help you through your day, year, decade, or life? Who is that special person for you? One commenter will win a copy of Heather Snow’s book, SWEET MADNESS, which releases today!!