Like every author, I have the need for a fan base. Also, like every writer I want the fans to enjoy the experience of reading what I write. Unfortunately, fans can be an elusive bunch who have devious ways of avoiding letting the author know they are in fact there as fans
So when one has a real fan who sticks with the author through thick and thin, it is important to recognize the fan as vital to the mission. I’m talking about the fan who presents himself at all hours of the day and night providing consolation to challenges and congratulations on successes. I’m thinking of the fan who asks nothing for themselves but to be able to be close enough to be part of the action.
I want you to meet my truest and most loyal fan. His name is Frank and above is a picture of him in his usual position while I’m writing. Frank will not leave my desk except for breaks when I take them. For Frank’s sake, I have to remember not to pound the keyboard endlessly without brief breaks so he can stretch, grab some kibble, check on the dogs and use the men’s room. He does catch a cat nap or two.
He also is known to take a nap on things I need (like my notebook). Here he is taking a snooze. Thanks Frank for being the fan that you are.