8 December, 2021

LitStaff Pick: The Most Memorable Literary Moments of 2012

My most memorable literary moment for 2012 is incredibly personal.  It litstack headeroccurred on July 9, 2012 – the day something I had written was first published on LitStack.

My first submission was a review of Tarquin Hall’s excellent detective story, The Case of the Missing Servant. Simon & Schuster had sent me a copy of the book to review, which made me feel extremely privileged and humbled.  I was also incredibly nervous. Although I had been writing my whole life, for the last few decades it had been mostly emails, business correspondence and industry procedures.  I had dreamed of being a reviewer and arts critic since college – and here was my chance!

It also came at a time when I was riding a low wave personally, floundering around for a sense of purpose after an abrupt end to my professional career.  Since that day when I first saw my name “in print,” I have received so much positive reinforcement, and so much unconditional support from Editor Tee Tate and LitStack, that my own literary pursuits have literally blossomed.  Now I not only provide reviews, but have the honor of producing the “Gimbling in the Wabe” feature each week. I have stuck my toe in the stream of being a slush reader for an online magazine, have been asked to write commentary for a gaming website, was approached by an admired friend to give feedback on his current novel, and am even am working my first official editing gig!

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be able to spend hours reading, not just as a pastime but as my livelihood.  I never imagined I would get the kind of feedback I have received from expressing my heartfelt love of books with others.  I have never been more gratified in what I do, knowing that I am finally able to share in my own voice, and it is being heard and appreciated.

It can’t get much better than that!  Thank you Tee, and thank you LitStack readers!

-Sharon Browning

From the Editor: We’re honored, Sharon. Thank you!

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