Why it is often helpful to do research before you start typing.

So I was going to type a bit about Violet Rose #1 from Bluewater Productions.

It was a book that I was really looking forward to based on the Previews solicitation a few months back (short, short version: teen sleuth investigates supernatural crimes in weird small town), but the end result disappointed me a bit - some grammar issues, the plot bits didn't develop quite right, some wonky dialogue, and so on.

Then I read that the author, Emma Davis, is 16 years old, and that she created the characters at 13. Well, I'm not nearly enough of a jerk to tear into a teenage girl's first effort. Especially since as the creation of someone still in high school, well, it's actually pretty good. I wish the stuff I wrote at 16 was this decent. There's plenty of room for improvement, sure, but it's a hell of a start.

Thank you, internet, for providing the information that kept me from metaphorically kicking a girl's dreams square in the junk. And keep up the good work, Emma. I look forward to seeing where you go from here.