Ellen K Harris-Braun, a beautiful lady whose actions were instrumental in the development of my writing career.
Ellen and her husband Eric ran the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. I've belonged to this workshop since it first started as the Del Rey OWW, oh, nearly twenty years ago. Ellen and Eric took over from Del Rey and turned it into an extremely useful and well-respected writer's workshop.
Many a successful author passed through the OWW's digital doors and I've met many wonderful people because of it. More than half my apprenticeship and the first part of my journeymanhood was served there. I honestly can't think of any one class or group or anything else that made such a profound difference in my career. Dr Anne Wingate got me started on my career, but Ellen & Eric's OWW kept me going.
While I've not had much time these past couple of years to spend on the workshop, My heart still belongs there. Ellen put a lot of hard work into the place and I, as well as countless other authors, are better for it.
Cancer happens. We all have someone close to us who's been affected by it. Sometimes you win the fight. Sometimes you don't. One thing cancer can never do is erase the impact someone had on the world.
Ellen's impact was huge. I am a better person for it. Thank you, Ellen, for your hard work.