To all who have recently voted for Dee Saves the Program and sent me feedback, a big THANK YOU. It means a great deal to me.
But what you may not realize is that when you cast your bread upon the waters it does come back to you -- not as soggy toast but as an improved story.
You see in addition to replying, I "listen" to my feedback. I recently heard from a first-time feedbacker, and I realized that he'd given me an idea for how to proceed with the next chapter.
That got me thinking about how often that has happened. I can't possibly count the number of times some casual comment in a feedback message has emerged from the swamp of my mind to galvanize me. Sometimes it happens right at the moment, as it has this time. Sometimes it pops up weeks or even months later, and suddenly the story comes to life in my head again.
So, not only do I owe people who send me feedback a debt of gratitude, my readers do as well.