A Thank You to My Apricots

An Essay By Mary // 1/23/2016

My name is Mary. Though many of you may not know me now, I was once one of the most active, involved, and prolific contributors to ApricotPie, and many of you who have been here for a long while no doubt remember me.
I joined ApricotPie in 2008. Shortly after joining, I began posting a chapters of a serial historical fiction called The Shadowfields. It was written offhandedly, perhaps even flippantly, purely for the fun of writing it, while my focus and concentration were dedicated to my more serious current project at the time.
However, what started as a purely for-fun project met with an overwhelming response here at ApricotPie. People loved it. The comments were full of excitement, enthusiasm, speculation about what the next segment would contain, and pleading for me to hurry up and post more. A few of you even emailed me with desperate pleadings (and, in a few cases, threats) when you felt that I was taking too long in getting the next chapter up.
As a still-developing writer wrestling endlessly with the monstrosity that would (eventually) become my first novel, I found such an enthusiastic welcome immensely helpful and encouraging.
Your excitement and gushing comments about how much you loved the story bolstered my confidence in my abilities as a writer. Your anxiety and impatience kept me motivated during down times. Your helpful criticisms helped me improve and further develop my craft and skill. Your comments at the story's conclusion helped me realize that I was capable of creating a story world and characters that would not only satisfy readers, but leave them wanting more and keep them talking about it even after "The End".
In short, that story and the response it received here were crucial in my development as a writer. They helped me get to where I am today: a published author with three titles to my name so far.
Yes, three...because yesterday, The Shadowfields went live on Amazon to an amazing, enthusiastic welcome from readers.
And it's all because of you, Apricots. Without your feedback, support, and encouragement, I probably would never even have finished writing The Shadowfields, let alone considered it good enough to publish.
Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you for being my writing family and welcoming me into your ranks when I thought I was the only one like me in the world. Thank you for encouraging me with honesty and love together when I wasn't sure I had what it took to be a "real" writer.
Thank you for loving this story and convincing me to believe in it! I have so many wonderful memories of the time I spent posting it here. I think I looked forward to your reactions and responses as much as you looked forward to each new chapter! When the time came to delete it from my ApricotPie account so that I could publish it, I nearly cried, and I spent hours re-reading all of your comments and feedback.
And of course, I couldn't publish it without including a very special thank-you to all of you in the acknowledgments. You guys really are the best. Thank you so much for everything you've done to help me in my journey!

Comments

Hey Mary. :) I'm a fairly new

Hey Mary. :) I'm a fairly new "Apricot" as I've only been here a little over a year but thankfully I joined in time to stumble upon The Shadowfields and savor it. I read it at least three times and when I went back for a fourth I was devastated to see that it was gone. But! I realized that you must have deleted it in order to publish it. :) so expect an order from me soon. :) The Shadowfields is a story that I would like to put up on my own personal bookshelf when I have a home of my own. I'm so glad that you published it!

Damaris Ann | Sat, 01/23/2016

I am an overcomer through Christ alone, for the glory of God alone.

:)

I still have to buy it but I can't wait to re-read it. :) My kindle computer program and my kindle app don't connect well so I'm waiting to remember to buy it on my phone!

Kyleigh | Sat, 01/23/2016

I just looked it up and the

I just looked it up and the cover is lovely! I saw that Lori Ann designed it. Anyway, congratulations on publishing your book! It's an accomplishment, that's for sure. I remember seeing your name everywhere on the site when I joined--it was a staple, and you were and simply are still an important member of Apricot Pie. Thank you for letting us know about your book! Best of luck!

Madeline | Sun, 01/24/2016

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

Congratulations, Mary! This

Congratulations, Mary! This is great. I'm so glad we're getting to the point where some of our veteran writers are getting published! I remember the Shadowfields. I look forward to reading it again. :)

Erin | Sun, 01/24/2016

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

:O I'm literally on Amazon

:O I'm literally on Amazon right now hunting down your book. I am SO thrilled for you Mary!! That's so exciting!!!

Bridget | Mon, 01/25/2016

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary!! This is so stupendous and exciting!!!! *bakes a celebratory apricotpie cake in your honor*

Sarah Bethany | Wed, 02/03/2016

:)

Congrats!!! So exciting!! :)

Sarah Liz | Sat, 02/20/2016

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." ~ Anonymous

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