Dear friend and writer Valerie B-Taylor died while we were having fun at VCon, unaware that, far from getting better during her stay at hospital, she was letting go of her life. It is a very sad parting, and I so wish I had had the chance to say goodbye.
Valerie was filled with humour and compassion. She was audacious and bold in her writing and her life; we called her seat in our writers group The Naughty Seat because of what she brought to it so many times. Yet she also brought encouragement, joy, deep sorrow, fierce protectiveness, and a wild intelligence that I will miss for years to come.
Goodbye, dear one. Thank you for your love and wisdom. Many blessings on your journey.
|Photo from New West Writers|
Valerie was, among other supportive roles in the writing community, the president of New West Writers. This is something she posted on their site: