Nothing has been more rewarding for me recently than helping to save the LegendFire Writing Community from extinction. I just have to gush about it. I spent so many years accumulating information about writing, the writing industry, the personal side of the writing life, and now I finally get to give back. The best rewards come from giving. This is my proof.
If I neglect my own writing on any particular day, chances are I am spending too much time cruising the community's site, making sure everything is in order, whacking spammers with my Anti-Spammer Sword of Doom, and tucking in the kiddies for the night. I didn't know how I would handle the responsibility, but I've loved the process of becoming a mother hen. The first few days were rough, getting familiar with the way the site worked, how to balance that Sword of Doom in my inexperienced fists, refereeing some destructive, angry-at-life members who used words like steel knuckles, but today, all is quiet on the western front. Quiet, productive, growing. I thought we needed continual contests to keep everyone's interest involved, but in the last few weeks, that hasn't been the case. Activity has held its own, new members pour in one or two a day. Enthusiasm for learning and improving keeps the atmosphere positive. All is as it should be.
But that novel is waiting. I have to get to it sometime today.