Notorious DCI, man. And Heath. I would GLADLY hang with you both (and a few others from here) and have a few beers. Your point of view, the way you string those words together is “like magic and you make me see things in a new way.” (That’s my highest compliment to give another writer. Seriously. And what I’m saying is that the work you do is refreshing and appears effortless.)
You both are so incredibly talented, you just don’t see it. AND THAT’S OKAY. It’ll keep you humble and working at it. I won’t do a-whole-nother post addressing your competency (maybe I will sometime in the future), but the talent you both possess casts a long shadow.
The evidence of your talent lies in your ability to connect with readers and how they incorporate the concepts and emotions you present to their lives.
I mean that’s why you write, right? Not for the little green heart, but for your words to actually resonate with another human being, right?
That connection lies in people’s hearts and minds, therefore it’s invisible to the human eye. You’ll never see that. We (and I’m speaking to myself here as well) have to not fall for the mirage of the green hearts. Write because you want to. Write because you have something to say. Write with intention.
Guys, keep doing what you’re doing and if you get 5,000 green hearts for something that was just a one off — it’s okay — you still were able to give words to what a number of people were thinking. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
[Dang it! This was only supposed to be a line or two.]