A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community.

Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked. So many people take the time to make us feel special, don’t they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook.

Kindness ROCKS!

To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, @beccapuglisi and @AngelaAckerman at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I’m participating too! So many of you out there are incredibly supportive and deserving. So I’ve decided to do more than one thing. Copycatting Lisa Gail Green (because HI!, she’s amazing)…

First of all, I’m going to donate a new YA book to my local high school library. Why? Because librarians are AWESOME and my high school always seemed to be short on books. (Thanks for the idea, Lisa!)

Second, I want to honor two of my very dear, online friends who are both fabulous and have hearts of gold.

Kelly Said… Thank you, dear lady, for picking up my hope whenever it falls. You are smiley faces, summer sunshine, and double rainbows!!! Your notes of encouragement are worth more than my weight in gold. Plus, you are an awesomesauce writer! (Look for her stories in FANTANGLES, TIDAL WHISPERS (coming June 2012), and MAKE BELIEVE (coming December 2012)).

The Literary Shack… Thank you, my friend, for always taking time to stop by, for chatting with me over personal matters, and for brightening my day. I always look forward to our conversations! You are late night talks on the telephone, quiet walks on the beach, and home.

Kelly and Lit, I’m offering you each a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus (or another e-book of your choice)! Email me at db (at) dbsmyth (dot) com and we’ll work out the details.  I hope you all visit these two wonderful, amazing people!!!

Finally, there are so many more of you that deserve honoring. I wish I had unlimited time! So in representation of that, I’m offering a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus (or other e-book of your choice) to one of you as well. Just comment and leave me a way to get a hold of you.

Do you know someone special that you’d like to randomly acknowledge? Don’t be shy–come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness makes the world go round. 🙂

Becca and Angela have a special #RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.

Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act Of Kindness? Let me know in the comments!