Sunday, 18 January 2015

What the hell is All Over Ink?

About 3 months or so after I started writing, I was looking through some author websites.  I came across a site that was for writers that finally worked. I joined and cruised around. Seemed interesting enough. You post your work for people to critique and you do the same for them. The thing that makes this site so great, is you have to 'pay' to post your work. To get the 'money' needed to post, you have to critique others... that's how you get 'paid'. It's a fair trade, not just people posting their stuff waiting to get feedback. You have to be active and do the work in order to get feedback on your piece.

So, on this site, I found these three people. We all gravitated towards each other's stories. I anxiously waited for them to post more work so I could read it. We would talk about pretty much nothing other than our stories. It was nice to have someone to talk to about writing who understood what you were going through. I could pick their brains forever about what they were writing and their opinions of my work. One thing led to another (get your mind out of the gutter...) and we started talking more and more.

I was invited by them to join a group they were starting... kind of like an author support group. Holy shit! Me? They want me to join them? I was blown away they thought enough of my writing and me as a person to ask me to join, that I couldn't stop smiling for like a week.

We started talking about writing things, mainly. What we hoped to accomplish as a group. We decided to write a book together, asked questions about our work we were maybe too embarrassed to ask on the site, we got a logo, made a blog, did all sorts of stuff.

After a short time, the conversations started getting more personal. Somebody would make a joke about something, and we'd all 'LOL' at it. Very quickly we started to realize we all have the same raunchy sense of humor.  We talked about our families, our real life jobs, honest and deep fears about our writing... stuff you would talk to friends about.

Then it hit me. Friends. They're my friends. But, that's so cliche. Meeting friends online. Who does that? Well... me, us, apparently. And I can honestly say I don't know where I'd be without them. They really have been my rocks. As it said in the post last week, we each have different strengths and weaknesses. But the one thing we all have in common, is we want success for each other.

We started the group, not really sure what it would be. Support for each other, someone to bounce ideas off, honest opinions, whatever we wanted it to be. Now, All Over Ink is more than a group. It's a lifeline, a support system, a shoulder to cry on, a bad joke to lighten the mood, an honest, loyal, and dear best friend.

Basically, All Over Ink is a group of four girls (I hesitate to call us women because we act like children a lot!) who are there for each other in this crazy world of writing. We are working on putting an anthology together and of course working on our own stories. We love reading and writing. Can discuss books for hours. We like to laugh. We are there to help each other in whatever capacity we can. But mostly, we're mothers and wives who share a passion for romance novels. We love reading them and writing them. It's what brought us together, but what will keep us together is an unbreakable bond that has formed when we least expected it.


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