Hi, everyone–Vanessa Kelly is back to share her thoughts on the Jaunty Quills, blogging, and connecting with readers. Vanessa, thanks for being here!
Dear fellow Jaunties and readers, it’s wonderful to be back, if only to wave goodbye! Or, as my Italian family used to say, ciao bella. That sounds so much nicer and much less final, don’t you think? And although this one door is closing, so many doors between readers and writers have opened these last few years, thanks to social media.
So, it truly isn’t goodbye, is it? We have the luxury of connecting with readers and favorite authors on facebook and Twitter—even on sites like Instagram for those of us who aren’t dropping our phones every time we try to take a picture (I’m talking about Jaunty, of course. I would, ahem, never be so clumsy).
But despite my jaunty (see how I slipped that in there?!) attempt to say: hey, no big deal that the blog is shutting down…it IS a big deal. The Jaunty Quills was and is a truly wonderful community of authors and readers, one of the best in digital romancelandia. In an on-line world so often lacking in authenticity, the posts and discussions on this blog were always authentic and, well, heartfelt. Which fits perfectly, right?
And I will never forget the day when Margo Maguire and Shana Galen asked me to become a JQ. It felt like a significant career milestone for me, and I was so honored when asked. And nervous, truth be told. I sweated over my first few blogs to a ridiculous degree. Man, you would have thought I was writing the Gettysburg Address! But then I finally cottoned on to the fact that the JQs were a group of gals who were very warm and felt comfortable letting their hair down—as did our readers—which meant I could, too. I had many laughs reading the posts and comments, and more than a few tears, too.
Grateful thanks to my fellow Jaunties and to Mr. Jaunty P. Quills himself (I promise I WILL put you in a book one day, Jaunty). Big, sloppy kisses to all of you!
Most especially, thank you to our dear readers—you are all so kind, generous, and fun. It was more than wonderful hanging with you, and I look forward to seeing you out there in the wider world!