Tell Me Something Good 12/11/22

Tell Me Something Good logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul and Word Clouds.

The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.

Today’s something good is how quickly a person can go from absolute discouragement to being overjoyed.

Librarian and new fledged author, Chelsea Banning, was discouraged after a dismal turnout for her book signing for her first book last week. All of two people showed up, leading Chelsea to take to Twitter and lament about it.

But somehow her little tweet venting about her disappointment turned into magic. Big name authors and celebrities found her tweet and shared their own dismal (and sometime humorous) book signing stories, as well as encouragement. Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Jodi Picoult, Neil Gaiman, and Beth Moore all shared their author stories.

Shaun Cassidy, Henry Winkler, and Flavor Flav all chimed in with encouragement as well.

Understandably, Chelsea’s reaction to the unexpected attention from celebrities is much what anyone’s would be.

Since her tweet went viral, her book “Of Crowns and Legends”, has soared up the bestseller list in the Arthurian Fantasy category and Chelsea is using her new-found platform to boost other authors and artists. Then Stephen King boosted her again, tagging the other celebrities and authors to promote her upcoming book signing in January, so more than two people show up.

This episode shows off the best of Twitter and the best of humanity. It’s so easy to lift someone up when they’re down and a little effort just makes a world of difference to that person. The ripple effect from Chelsea’s dismay and subsequent joy has helped other authors who thought they were alone in feeling the sting of failure from a poor showing at their own signings when, in truth, it wasn’t failure at all. Just a great example of how we aren’t alone, no matter how alone we feel.

Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good!

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