Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Short and Sweet

I'm a pretty sentimental person (I know some of you are groaning already), and about once a year I seem to hit this apex where I can't contain it. I get really, really touched and affected by the kindness and friendship from my many writer friends. It's mind-boggling to me that some of my closer friendships are with people I've never even met (although I have met one!), who live all over the country and in some cases the world, and they're people I might never have met had I not signed on with Champagne.

I can't tell you how much joy I get from the occasional email or tweet from Jude Johnson, TK Toppin, Linda Kage, Marc Davies and Victoria Roder (sorry, Vickie, we've gotten behind!). Last night TK and I had a blast doing an instant chat at Night Owl Reviews (even if they did attack with questions a bit like piranha) and she's my Facebook IM buddy. This Saturday night I get to have dinner with Jude Johnson, who only lives 90 miles away, and always entertains me with her emails. There are many other Champagne authors with whom I correspond on occasion (love ya, Big Mike!) and hope to correspond with on a more regular basis, and so many of them have read my books and posted wonderful reviews. It's always a delight when I find other Champagne authors in a yahoo loop chat, and I love reading blogs, reviews and interviews -- and I mean to make time to read more.

Well, I promised it'd be short and sweet. Just wanted to say, thanks all of you guys, for being so damn fun. I promise: no more maudlin blogs until next year.

Ashley J. Barnard
Dark Fantasy with a Contemporary Twist


Linda Kage said...

Aww, you're too sweet. We love you too, Ashley.

Now, I'm going to go all sentimental!! But I know exactly what you mean. I don't think I've met one person I've connected with online through writing.

TKToppin said...

Hahaha!! Ashley, you remind of those long-ago school pals you make and never forget. You know, the ones that sit at the back with you to get up to no good, and get quarreled with by the teachers (not that that ever happened to me...seriously).

The other night on the live chat was fun indeed! Thanks for having my back in that feeding frenzy! Phew!!

So jealous you and Jude get to hang...have a drink for me!

Big Mike said...

Funny you mention that topic, Ash. I just completed a Workshop DVD entitled "So you want to write a novel" (Trailer will be up shortly on my site) and one of the things I talked about was how terrific the writer community has been, especially at CB. Great group of guys and girls, especially the girls (he he). I guess its because we all share that common struggle that goes with an author's life that others don't see, so, in other words, "I love you too, man" (g)

Michael Davis (
Author of the Year, (2008 and 2009)

Ashley Barnard said...

Thanks, guys. You really are the best. My only complaint is that I don't get to have a drink or go shopping or catch a movie with any of you very often (if at all). But I can certainly take what I can get. Congrats on your workshop DVD, BM!

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

You are very right. We are a good cheering section for one another.

January Bain said...

That was so lovely and heart warming, Ashley!

Jude Johnson said...

Nothing wrong with sentiment, mr dear! It's what makes it so surprising to read how dark and twisted your tortured characters are! LOL

Looking forward to our "dinnah" in the big city!