first feedback on my second novel

Last night I invited a friend over to Rob's house for dinner.

She is the first person who has read my second book.

It isn't even a book yet, it's a manuscript hoping to become a book.

No one has seen it but this one friend of mine.

This friend has helped me in immeasurable ways.

From early on in this full time artist journey, she's arrived with armloads of fun cheerful groceries with beautiful crackers and cheeses from Trader Joe's and chocolate covered almonds and other neat fun stuff that has kept my spirits up. She has slipped me cash when I didn't ask for it, didn't know anyone knew, didn't know how to respond.

She knew what I needed before I did.


And why?

There's no telling how one person can be this way, so kind and generous and concerned.

This friend is also very wise and has given me really valuable feedback on my recordings and songwriting for many years.

She also has been very helpful about the books because she has some background in publishing.

How does a person like me get so lucky to have a friend like this?

She has known me for twenty-two years and she hasn't given up on me yet.

So, I invited her for dinner and made a marinated pork tenderloin on the grill.

I made grilled corn and cut it off the cobs and made it into creamed corn with bacon and cream. If you want to know how to make this, it's pretty much what I just said, and it's awesome.

We also had broccoli, and grilled bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

We had raspberries and whipped cream for dessert.

We drank a bottle and a half of white wine.

We sat on Rob's back patio and looked at my gardening efforts which are looking promising.

In the midst of all this, she gave me her observations about my new manuscript.

She thinks it's really good.

She liked it.

She thinks it follows up the last book the way it's supposed to but she thinks it can stand alone as well.

We talked until midnight, throwing in every other imaginable topic.

I am grateful for nights like this one.

I am grateful for friends like her.

Friend, if you're reading this, I love you.


Jeff Parkman June 16, 2018 @02:03 pm
Glad you had a special evening and that she liked your next book. Looking forward to reading it when it gets published.
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