Hey, help me out with a little somethin’ today, won’t you?
The purpose of this here post is to send a big ol’ tip o’ the Middle Zone Stetson to a red-haired Scottish lass, my good blogging friend and one of my favorite people, Joanna Young, the proprietor and confident mind behind the website Confident Writing.
Why, you may ask? Well, why not?
Hey, she’s been under a lot of strain lately, the little darlin’. I mean, what with selling off her former home, living in temporary quarters for a few months, and now moving into a new one and all. Plus, she finally came to her senses and moved her blogs from Typepad to WordPress (a task that would probably cause even the new, improved Terminator to sweat little silvery metal droplets).
Anyway, our mutual friend Brad Shorr instigated a little something for today called, appropriately enough, Project Confident Friendship. Co-conspirators Karen Swim, Daniel Smith (who built the image you see here), along with yours truly and a whole herd of fun-lovin’ folk secretly spread word across the blogosphere to give her a big ol’ shout out today (sound of millions of friendly shouts), just to let her know her friends are thinking of her.
So if you’re a reader of Confident Writing (and if you’re not, you should be!), a friend of Joanna’s – or maybe would like to be – why not drop by her place today and give her a big ol’ Texas “Howdy!”
The following is a personal note to the Lady herself from Yours Truly:
I’m plum tickled to say how much I appreciate your contribution to the writing, and yes, the lives of those of us who know you. You’ve enriched us with your insights, your writing tips, and of course your unbounded confidence, even as you yourself struck out into unknown territory. We admire your sense of adventure and love of life, and encourage you to always reach for just one more star.
I think one of my favorite posts of yours was a fairly recent one, What I Learned From Watching Ferry Boats. The images you painted reminded me of one of my own favorite childhood memories, and even prompted a post of my own, (insert gratuitous link here) Limitations and Opportunities: What I Learned From a Ferry Ride.
That’s what I enjoy about your writing, Joanna; you help me recover memories I may never have remembered on my own (the little grey cells being what they are and everything). By watching you grow, you’ve inspired a confidence in my own writing I never knew was there.
Thank you, my friend!
We tried to pass the word to as many bloggers as we could, but if you didn’t hear about it, and would like to write a post for Joanna, it’s NOT TOO LATE! Project Confidentwill stay open as long as anyone wants to join in!
OK, now that the mushy part of this post is over, let’s move on to something with far more earth-shattering consequences: How to Eat Pizza.
(In case you’re wondering, this is a direct result of an astonishing, and slightly disturbing observation I made when I first met Joanna in Chicago at SOBCon08. Hey, I’m just sayin’.)