Notice the very important message on Laurie's left hand? She's referring to me. This picture is a reminder that I should NEVER underestimate the power of a word or the importance of a relationship.
Laurie jumped out of an airplane to raise funds for a an organization that's very important to her, and while the day had tremendous meaning for on her so many, many levels, she still spent considerable time thinking about me. Wow...
When we write, even those of us who write plot-driven books and stories, the fundamental messages we send are communicated through our characters--via their motivations, fears, memories, loves, hates, and relationships. Our fictional relationships need to reflect the powerful emotions that drive them in order for us to impact our readers--the way real people impact us in real life.
I spent the first part of this Mother's Day missing my mother; I spent the second half of it being so greatful for the fact that I am a mother.