"I've been that girl." (offline, on on LJ)
"I've known that girl."
Hell, all of the comments here. Scary? Good. Should be.
And whenever someone tells me that I've made one of my Shayara characters really *real* to them. That they can feel their pain, or imagine their facial expressions, or whatever. Having had that particular world in my head forbloodyever, I really need to know that I'm communicating it to other people.
Don't get me wrong, I love it when people say they just plain enjoy it. But I don't do this to arrange pretty words in pretty ways. I do this because I feel these things. And the biggest compliment is when you feel them too. That's when I know that I'm doing okay at it... if I know that you feel it.
So thank you.
And I'm probably boring the hell out of those of you who're just here for the pictures and the cute kid stories and all. *laugh* But this is something vital to me that I'd set to the side for some time, and now that I'm getting back to it, it's what's on my mind more than nearly anything else these days.