I am not proud of what I am about to tell you, but it does have a good ending. When I first wrote book reviews, I WAS BRUTAL. Then, something funny happened. I started emailing with one of the authors I had reviewed about her newest series. She helped me remember that authors are people on a journey. While all of her books are good, the Saven series is remarkable - the best she has written yet. Seriously, I don't know how she'll get better, but I know she will and I am excited to be around for that.
Since I can't meet every one of you in real life, I kept my readers in mind when I wrote my acknowledgements. See, there you are. Last but never least. Because you are the ones starting with me at the beginning of this journey. You are the people taking a gamble on the unknown. You will always have a special place in my heart and a permanent reservation in my acknowledgements.
Your desktop is telling your secrets. Don't believe me? Just try projecting your desktop to a room full of educators. I promise you that they are checking out your graphic (or lack of), file names, open programs, and how cluttered it is. I do it! I'm that person. So, to kick things off, I thought I would so you something so private, so intimate - my computer's desktop.
A few notes:
1. My documents file is completely empty. I upload to Google Drive as soon as a project is in its final state.
2. I have a screen shot problem. I know. I'm not getting help for it, though.
3. And maybe I have a sticky note addiction.
4. The quote on my desktop is from a fellow writer (Kelsey Keating). We were emailing about deadlines since I am to review one of her books in September when I disclosed to her that I was writing my own book and that I feared I would not make the deadline. She emailed me back just the text of that background. I loved it so much, I made a graphic and sent it back to her. It's been my guiding light ever since.
So, what's on your desktop? OR leave comments about mine below!
Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.