Games of ChanceI’m currently setting up an eMail list for Will Hahn (the first volume of his Magnus Opus “Judgement’s Tale” has done quite well this month (much better than we had hoped for), and we’d like to keep that going even when the book becomes less visible on amazon). As I did so, I wondered for a split second why I was putting so much time and effort into Will’s campaign. I could be spending the same amount of time on my own campaign or on writing more books, right?

Wrong, oh, sooooo wrong! Will is my FRIEND and that’s more important than anything in the world. When I went to primary school I had only two friends; one went to a different school, and the other one more or less dumped me on day two. At middle school I found one friend, and it worked for a while, but then she moved and that was the end of it. I never made many new friends after that except for one during my time at university and one during my PhD in Bavaria. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of people I got along with fine. They just weren’t the people I consider friends.

Friends are there for me when I need them. Friends will let me know, sometimes quite brutally, when I’m wrong. They’ll call me or write eMails when I don’t have the time to read/listen, and I’ll be happy they do. Friends keep me on track. Having a good friend is better than reading a good book (which is my most favorite pastime aside from family life). For years now I had accepted the fact that the three friends I have in Germany would be the only ones for the rest of my life. I count myself lucky to have them to this day even though they live quite far away (nods to Kerstin, Anke, and Walter).

But when I sat there going through the tedious process of setting up a list and a website (not done yet), I was very surprised when I counted the friends I made online. Of course, the topmost one is Will, but there are many more. I realized how very happy I am when I can connect with other writers, readers or people who are really interested in some obscure thing or other I’m thinking about.

So this post is to let all of you (and I’m sure you know who you are) know that I’m deeply grateful that you’re here. In my world, there’s nothing better than my friends (except for my husband who’s a friend too and my kids). I’ll always be there for you as long as I’m alive.

How about your friends? Tell me in the comments about those special ones you’d like to have the world know about. Are they readers? What do they do that you love them so much? I’m curious…


About Cat-Gerlach

I am an author and a triple mum. I am living in Northern Germany with my family and my dog.

Posted on July 25, 2014, in Authors - Katharina Gerlach, misc. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Well Cat, this is surprisingly hard to respond to. You have constantly surprised me, come to think of it, with your steadfast friendship and support- the real story which you ignore here would be an epic in itself.
    For myself, I’ve been very lucky in friends, quite rich from an early age. Very good school friends- we don’t talk anymore but whenever we meet it’s like we never left. And I formed incredibly close and important friendships in college, some in class but many more in an a capella singing group and around the gaming table.
    My lovely wife and I agree- after your mid-twenties the door on really good friends tends to close. You meet people from work, or because they happen to be neighbors, or mostly because your kids are together. The really good friendships for the most part have been made. You’re not unhappy, you’re good. But it doesn’t happen anymore.
    Once in a while though- in a great, rare while- there comes another. And Cat is certainly one of those rare few, as folks who’ve come to know her will agree. I’m not huge on technology (despite being a telecom analyst!), but thank God for the internet. I would never be a chronicler without it- and without meeting Cat, I’d probably be a lousy one!

  2. Hi Will and Cat,
    I’m thinking of nominating Will and Games of Chance for the Meet My Character blog hop on Monday. Want to play?

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