ATTENTION: Downton Abbey Fans! And also, THREE YEARS. Anyone who has ever read my writing, please read this. :)

An Essay By Madeline // 4/28/2013

If you haven't watched Downton Abbey, or don't care to, then please skip down a bit.

So, it's recently been brought to my attention that there are Downton Abbey fans on AP. And, after completing the third season last night, I felt the need to discuss it with fellow....what do you call Downton Abbey fans? I have no idea! But, with my fellow, equally obsessed Downton fans.

So, since Apricot Pie is not really a place to get into discussions, I created a website I'd love for you to join! Here's the link:

http://discussdownton.webs.com/

So, people who love Downton, PLEASE join! And then we can discuss everything in the forums, which I'd love. :D Oh, and if you have friends that love Downton, give them the link, too! :D

Thanks! That wraps up Part One. Now, on to Part Two.

I don't know how many of you will see this, since the title is so odd, so I'll make another post a little later just about this. But I wanted to say, as my 3-year Apricotpie anniversary approaches TOMORROW, a giant THANK. YOU.

First of all, to Kassady, for giving me the link to this AMAZING site. Second, to James, for keeping it open when it threatened to close in October of 2010. And third, to every single one of you who has commented, critiqued, praised, and been honest and wonderful to me. Because of you, my writing has improved by leaps and bounds. It still has a ways to go, and I doubt it'll ever be perfect, but I owe a lot to you guys. <3 So thank you for that.

A special shout-out to a few that have read many pieces of my writing, and made me smile several times.

Thanks to: Kassady, Erin, Anna, Kyleigh, Sarah Bethany, Little Woman, Lucy Anne, Maddi, Bridget, Wings-of-Eternity, Sarah, Laura Elizabeth, Sarah Anne Andrews...my goodness, there are SO many. And I'm sure I've forgotten a few of you, and if I have, please comment with a, "HOMEY!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?" And I will quickly fix that. :)

You guys are awesome and a huge support group that has kept me writing. So thank you. For everything.

Just a huge, "THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!" to everyone who has ever commented and eventually propelled me to Monthly Writer status. I've posted well over a hundred pieces on here, and it's a pleasure to be able to look back at my very first post, 1093 (1904 TOMORROW!) days ago, and see how much has changed.

Thanks, Kassady, for being my very first comment EVER on the site, and Tayme my second, and Mairead the third, and everyone else who has said anything since then.

It's amazing how much writing can change, and really, how much it affects you. There are things I'd never say aloud, but I never fear to put it in writing. And I always feel like I can post it on here.

Thank you, Apricot Pie! I can't wait until next year. :)

Comments

Over one hundred?!

I went to your page and my jaw dropped!

...And congratulations! I also read your info and loved what you said about writing. I agree completely. (About it being disheartening sometimes and also one of the most exciting parts of your life!) Your writing is zesty, personal, realistic, and I love it. :)

Carry on, and you WILL be on a library shelf one day.

Sarah Bethany | Sun, 04/28/2013

Aww, thanks Homey <3 I've

Aww, thanks Homey <3 I've enjoyed reading your writing -- you do such a wonderful job! :) And Happy Third AP Anniversary! :D
~Sarah

Sarah Anne | Sun, 04/28/2013

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths

P.S
Go to my blog and follow it: Sarahanneandrews.wordpress.com
:) for my sake, follow

Sarah Bethany--I know!! LOL!

Sarah Bethany--I know!! LOL! It seems like a lot, doesn't it? And that's not counting all the Rachel chapters I put up that I had to take down. :) Thank you for your readership, and your comments. They mean so much! I'm hoping that I will be on a shelf someday, so the encouragement means a lot. When you are (not if! WHEN!) you must send us all your book's direction and I will be sure to read it. ;)

Sarah Andrews--Thank you so much!! You too! And you've been on the site quite a while as well, haven't you? :D

Thank you guys! It means so much!

Madeline | Sun, 04/28/2013

everything was better when/you would call and I'd be like/yeah babe, no way

I'll join it when I have more

I'll join it when I have more time, because the third season made me want to eat my heart. (I was trying to think of something dramatic). Happy anniversary!!!

Erin | Sun, 04/28/2013

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

LOL! That's definitely

LOL! That's definitely dramatic enough. :)

Or, if you want to amp it up, you could say: Eat my heart and then eat my digestive system along with my heart which is in my digestive system.

Although that might be a bit too graphic.

I'll be glad to have you on there if you want to join. :D Thanks!

And thank you for the "Happy anniversary" too. Hahaha!! :D

Madeline | Sun, 04/28/2013

everything was better when/you would call and I'd be like/yeah babe, no way

Congratulations! I know

Congratulations! I know exactly what you mean. ApricotPie does change you for the better. It's a privilege to be here and write - and read. :)

Anna | Mon, 04/29/2013

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Congratulations! Three years

Congratulations! Three years is a long time. :)

I can definitely see your writing improving and it's great. I really enjoy your writing style and how you can describe so well without outright telling.

Her father stood from his chair, leather and so extremely comfortable. It dominated the living room. Kind of like he dominated the household. - Restraint

Lucy Anne | Mon, 04/29/2013

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

:)

I can't believe it's been 3 years already! Congratulations! :)

Kyleigh | Mon, 04/29/2013

Anna--Well said! :) Thank you

Anna--Well said! :) Thank you so very much.

Lucy Anne--Oh, thank you. I really didn't expect these compliments. This was to tell YOU guys thank you! :D I do so appreciate your readership. :))

Kyleigh--Me either! Thank you so, so much! :o)

Madeline | Mon, 04/29/2013

everything was better when/you would call and I'd be like/yeah babe, no way

Yes, I've been here since

Yes, I've been here since 2011 :-) And your welcome! :D

Sarah Anne | Mon, 04/29/2013

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths

P.S
Go to my blog and follow it: Sarahanneandrews.wordpress.com
:) for my sake, follow

EEKS!

Three years? Has it honestly been Three years?!!! WOW! WOW! WOW!!! Congrats! and over a 100 posts!!!! WOW!
I totally agree with you all, your writing has always been awesome, I love it soooo much! I enjoy reading it and commenting and seeing your writing grow!
I seriously cannot believe it's been 3 yrs! Dude!!! LOL!
Aw!!! Thank YOU! For being the bestiest friend ever ;)
Love yah SSS! HAPPY AP ANNIVERSARY!

Kassady | Tue, 04/30/2013

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
---
Write On!

Congrats!

Congrats!!! That is so exciting!!

And you know that I will be joining your Downton site, don't you? :D

Thanks so much for the shout-out, it's been a pleasure to read your writing. :)

little woman | Sat, 05/04/2013

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
-G. K. Chesterton

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