Shout-Outs From A Writer: Part One

The following is an original comment I posted on Rachel Harris’s blog, Ending Unplanned. My gratitude is unflinching so I decided to share it here.

Let me write you an illustration.

A year or so ago I was standing outside of a door. The door was twice my size and it was the darkest crimson I’d ever seen. On the other side of that door, was a man waiting for me. Let’s call it a job interview. I wasn’t dressed for one though, no. I had my favorite ball cap on, tilted slightly to the left. I had my go-to black button-up on, sleeves rolled up. My tattoos were exposed. But I was ready. I breathed slowly and said under my breath: “Tymothy, you sure ’bout this?”

Then I walked in. The guy sitting at the desk just looked at me. He was smiling. His eyes told me to have a seat. I did.

“Nice cap,” I told him.
“You too,” he said. “So…you know why you’re here, right dude?”
I nodded.
“You’re to hear to ask yourself if you can do this. Well, Tymothy. You sure about this?” he asked.
I took a deep breath and nodded again.
He looked at me, nodded in return and said, “Well. Get to it.”

Since then, since asking myself if I could BE a Writer, I have become one.

Chapter Two.

Facebook was the launch for my Twitter presence. On Facebook, I made some great connections. Among them was Megan Bostic, the Author of the upcoming book, Never Eighteen . She was the first example of “selfless” writer and I truly value her as a person and Author.
Diane Graham is another, great aspiring to be published writer. She is a great Friend and it is because of her that I am a Contributing Writer at The New Authors Fellowship. A blog made of Christian writers, yet unpublished. I Am Ocilla has something to say.
Then I met @ifollowthenight. I know only her Twitter handle. But I think it’s better that way.
She is the one who asked if I “was on Twitter”. A great place to meet and network with awesome writers.
Thing is I WAS on Twitter, technically, but my account was gathering dust and tumbleweeds. My first @ was PrevailUpon.

On ifollows advice I went back, changed my handle to my name and the rest is literally history. I owe this all, the follows, the networks, yes, I owe my very Twitter presence to her.

I’ve met so many great, talented, awesome epic people.
People like Paul Joseph, Dawn Kirby, Shelly “ShellShell” Picarella, Michelle Shaw. Tiffany Cole.
They deserve success if anyone does.

KDSarge. Support much? Make me feel epic much? πŸ™‚ Same goes for AmyBeth.Β  So gracious in their humbling uplifting.

The BookSoulmates Isalys and Nessa. I like knowing them.That sound weird? Lol. They do RAK’s… They were the first glance at what love from Readers truly is.

@inluvwithbookz whose support is unwaivering.

My epic Friend and Writer Sister, Allie Burke, who calls ME an inspiration. *sheesh πŸ™‚

The Indies: Megg Jensen, G.P. Ching. KarlyKirkpatrick. Mia Castile. Angeline Kace. These ladies DO what they love and MAKE IT HAPPEN, Cap’n. They are an inspiration.

My BestNerdFriendsForever, Christin Mowery, She’s awesome. Β  Nicholas Denmon, Thomas Amo. They are my Nerds.
Then came The YA Sisterhood. Amy Rose, Demetra, Leah, Tamara, Jamie. My Twisted Sisters. So much support. Really. Sheesh.

We get in this world what we give. Sisters, thank you all.

I am overwhelmed at all the love, mutual respect, help, tweets, retweets, retweets of retweets…lol.

It’s all good. I love it. Writers rock. My first hashtag was #ForThoseAboutToRock . It’s a statement of my belief and confidence in not only myself but all of my peers…my Friends.

Stay tuned.

This is the outer fringe of my peeps. Next time Part Two.

We all bleed black & white.–Anton Russell


Be blessed!

About Tymothy Longoria

Tymothy Longoria has been described as a writer with a flair for the dramatic (whether this is true still remains to be seen). He is a fan of all things fantastic, metal music, black t-shirts, and aligns himself with geeks, nerds, and all manner of monsters, and is an ardent, optimistic supporter of his fellow creatives. He has written several short stories for the online macabre zine Underneath The Juniper Tree and in 2012 was awarded Debut Author of the Year by Twisted Core Press for 'Envy', his contribution to the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology. He is currently editing his full-length dark fantasy retelling, Revenants: Book One of The Stories. Fairy tales? If only. Legends will be reborn. Tymothy calls Texas home, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a cat called ThunderCat aka Kitty PawKitty. He is represented by Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary. View all posts by Tymothy Longoria

7 responses to “Shout-Outs From A Writer: Part One

  • Rachel Harris

    Love love love! Here is my comment from my blog back at ya:

    Tymothy– Dude, what a comment πŸ™‚ You said in your tweet ‘I asked for it,’ which made me nervous. But this ROCKED!!!

    Thanks for such a great comment, filled with your personal example of how the writing community at large has both embraced and touched you. You are making waves of blessing yourself, my ‘brother.’

    Hugs and Writerly Love!!

  • shellypicarella

    A wonderful post- and I am truly and deeply honored, Mr. Longoria! It has been a blessing to meet you and share this “writer’s road” with you!

  • Hira Hasnain

    Awww, overwhelm me, you have. But I am overcome and overwhelmed with gratitude, and nothing else. Thank you for including me in your post! πŸ™‚ You are truly gifted, and will always have my unwavering support as long as you keep pursuing your dreams/goals and continue to be an inspiration to me and many others! πŸ˜€

    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

  • Allie Burke

    Epic. That’s all you, Sir.

    An epic supporter. An epic friend. An epic WRITER.

    Inspiration… you DO. You ARE inspiration. And… not just for me. You have inspired so very many. Lifted spirits. You have granted vision. Vision through the darkness that blinds us from what we really are. What we are destined to be.

    I. Can. See. Because of you. You know that, don’t you?

    Ep-Ic. Sound it out. Sounds to me like… Tymothy Longoria.

    Thank you, my friend. I am honored.

  • AmyBeth Inverness

    Thanks for the shout out!
    I also started with facebook, and wondered why bother with twitter. But for writers, twitter rules! The community there is very supportive and encouraging.
    I started twitter under my nickname, Nessie, but with “US” in front of it because Nessie is a fairly popular nickname. I’ve never changed it to either my real name or my pseudonym because both are rather long.

  • Paul Joseph

    Dude, you are so awesome! Thank you (once again) for always including me. It’s weird; I don’t have a lot of memories being included, and I gotta say, a guy could get used to this. As always, I appreciate your acknowledgment. I hope, one day, to live up to your expectations. Thanks for the support, my friend. Keep rocking!

  • KD Sarge

    The outer fringe…bwahahahaa…

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