How’s it going? We got a bit of snow last night. Nothing bad. And for some reason, having snow on the ground seems to make it feel warmer—even though it’s 20 degrees or less outside. It’s like a blanket of some kind, I guess.
Anyway, enough jabbering.
Let’s get to it.
I got a really cool surprise in the mail today. Mainly because there have been a few times that I’ve gotten mail I hadn’t been expecting. And that mail turned out NOT to be junk.
There I was, staring at it, right before trying to get on Facebook. It was a brown padded mailer. Sealed with adhesive. What was inside? I didn’t know, mostly because I wasn’t expecting it.
It was from a company I edit manuscripts for. And it wasn’t letter size. And they didn’t tell me I had anything coming down the pike that they’d mailed me.
After I opened it, it kinda blew me away…
Inside I found a copy of the last manuscript I edited, laid out and the whole deal. Softcover. In color.
Along with a short note from the company president telling me the book looked great.
Maybe I’m easily amused. Maybe you could see where this was going before I wrapped up. If you did see, and what happened to me today happened to you, would you have reacted similarly? I don’t know.
This is the first time something like this has ever happened to me, and I really enjoyed it.
Small things are powerful.
And I’m not talking about ants or locusts or stag beetles.
I mean things like showing people, in emails written for clients, the human side of things, and telling a good story.
Having conflict in fiction, with the guy who can’t seem to stop making stupid mistakes. The same guy who beats up some bullies in the park who pick on a kid. And why? Well, it happened to him as a kid, and he just reacted and DID something about it.
Just one thing.
Granted, for fiction this has to match up—we can’t have a scared-of-his-shadow dude doing the same thing—unless we give him time to change over. Because doing something small can say as much as NOT doing something big (which is a subject for another post).
But you can still show a wide spectrum of emotion, feeling, and therefore impact with something small.
Like getting an unexpected book in the mail—a book that you had a hand in bringing into being. Maybe a lot of folks don’t get that chance. I’m happy to say I did, because that means I could share it with you.
Tomorrow is Fab Fiction Friday. Be sure to stop by.
Until next time,