On Friday afternoon, one of my coworkers celebrated
escaping moving on from the military.
She’s the wonderful individual who routinely asks me in a friendly but annoyed tone, “Where’s my book, sir?”
Though I never have a good answer to that question, I thought at least I could give something personal and special as a thank you for all the encouragement that her persistence has given me.
I drew up the three main characters of my fantasy series–Josephine, the Soulforged holy warrior; Kaalistera, the shadow-bending assassin; and Lyllithe, the outcast Devoted touched by the Void. It’s hastily-drawn and imperfect, but heartfelt.
When I presented her this gift, it led to a discussion with a couple of other co-workers, and my friend praised my book for its well-rounded characters and exciting action.
Of course, my initial reaction was to cringe a bit, shrug my shoulders, and deflect the praise, because I see all the flaws and mistakes where I should have spent more time to put out a better product.
However, it’s always a meaningful and special experience when someone expresses genuine interest in your creative work.
If you know someone who is involved in creative endeavors, you can show them a little love and spark them to put in the work with a simple expression of interest.
“What have you been drawing lately?”
“How’s writing going?”
“What’s your band playing next?”
“Where is my book, sir?”
Then endure their awkward look of embarrassment, nod politely, and let them continue on their way–probably with a smile on their face.
If nothing else, you might get a drawing out of it.