Some of you already know that my daughter finished her first draft of her first novel on January 5th, 72 written pages. She's been typing a second draft. We decided we'd read for each other when she finishes (my current story ought to be coherent by then).
Only, I've been cheating, reading bits from the notebook, opening her files on the computer. She doesn't mind as long as I'm not looking over her shoulder while she's actually working, something else we have in common. I don't want to make suggestions yet because I can see she's still working out her story. I want it to be her story, her style. She writes at a college level, and she managed to swing extra credit for it in two of her classes: English and Computers (typing).
And then, about a week ago, she brought me this picture with a casual, "So, do you like it?"
I didn't know she'd been reading mine.
So, now I have this visual of a scene from my work-in-progress. I love that this moment in the story moved her to create because I want readers to FEEL SOMETHING at this point, and I love that her style her reminds me of Ancient Greece. This drawing makes me happy.
I will post a winner for my contest sometime this weekend, but I'm not writing out all those little papers (after midnight) tonight. Thanks for your patience.