It's a blessing when a good book finds a home out in the world. Every time I read a great book I think about the author and how glad I am that book got to me.
For those who write, the writing life is a journey that I think we have to embrace for what it is: at its core, doing the work and finding joy in the words and the sentences and the stories.
And making that the "dessert first" - then if the work makes a splash out in the world, whether for one reader or one million, that is icing on the cake.
If you're a writer, spend some time reveling in the work you do. The words on the page, the way they sound when you read them out loud in a quiet room.
If you're a reader, take a moment to look at the author's photo and bio and maybe look them up online and see if they have a website and other books to read. If you loved a book, let the author know!
And if you're both a reader and a writer, you probably have writing to do and stacks of books to read. Join me in the multiverse where I am reading every book in my piles all at the same time while I write like a mad woman too!
(This was prompted by a conversation on Facebook today but I thought I'd share these thoughts here too.)