Ah yes! A mini award – kind of like a random act of kindness. Out of the blue! My thanks to Lisa Lange for recommending me. Thanks Lisa – I appreciate that you considered my blog. Ah yes -the blog. Over the past month or so I transformed into some form of hermit as I polished, finessed, tore apart and put back together my second Young Adult novel, Little White Pills. And my blog was left in the dust. So, it’s a very good thing that I now have to ‘step up to the plate’ again and become more active with my blog. This award is an excellent reminder.
Now back to the focus of my life –The Writing!
Who knew writing a novel was so much work? And I’ve worked very hard in my life in my past career as a teacher, university lecturer, college instructor, vice-principal and principal. Of course many people believe they have a novel or two within them – they simply have to sit down and do it. They say. As if that’s how easy it is. It is not, judging by the people I’ve met that have said they wish to write novels. And then don’t follow through.
The whole enterprise of writing reminds me of a very old joke that I’ve heard before, on more than one occasion. I shall summerize it for you.
The Setting – a suave cocktail party, various important folks milling about. Lovely atmosphere and abundant ‘adult beverages’.
Participants-Margaret Atwood and a famous heart surgeon.
The banter goes something like this:
Famous Heart Surgeon-“When I retire, I’m going to become a novelist.”
Margaret Atwood-“Funny you should say that. When I retire, I’m going to become a heart surgeon.”
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So, I guess I fit into the former category. I thought that dancing into the publishing business would be easy. Not so. However these are the seven points (that according to the rules of the Blogger Award) – that I must share, and I will do so, in my own bizarre way.
1. I never gave up.
I came close many times but just couldn’t walk away. It simply was easier to keep writing, than to quit writing.
2. Hurray for writing colleagues
Writers that I’ve met through the RWA have shared my journey. They’ve kept me going when times were tough.
3. I’ve learned to exit my office.
Yes, boys and girls, there is a life outside of writing. Sometimes you have to walk away from the computer and all of the social media distractions and live life. Follow your own peculiar passions.
4. Find another interest – for balance
I’m a foodie. There’s no doubt about that. I love my farm kitchen, my various serving dishes, my cake plates etc. etc. I could go on. I adore wandering in kitchen stores. After all these years, I don’t need much more, but I still enjoy the hunt for something different. I love to entertain and I love to feed people. It’s as simple as that.
5. Read, read, read
Oh yes! I simply adore books. I like my Kindle and I like my books. I’m on ‘first name’ basis with most of the local second hand bookstore owners. They can see me coming. I bring in a large bag of books and leave with a large bag of books. I do savour and keep my favourites but I’m a big believer in sending books back out into the universe.
6. Write, write and write some more
I’ve tried different genres. It’s been fascinating to search for my voice. I guess all those years spent with students and within school walls seeped into my brain. Somehow or other I was transported into the Young Adult World. And I mean young. Most of my characters lean towards the innocent side of life. And that’s fine by me. It’s just worked out that way, so far.
7. Keep up with the biz
The publishing world is in a chameleon stage right now. Evolving in front of our eyes. Who knows where it is going? I’m simply hanging on tightly, trying to enjoy the ride.
Many thanks again to Lisa for suggesting my name for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
And now, I shall pass this award along to the following passionate writers and bloggers.
Barbara Samuel-Multiple RITA award winning author of more than 38 books. She writes two blogs, A Writer Afoot, and Writer Unboxed. www.BarbaraSamuel.com
Susan Juby-Mutli-published author in Young Adult and adult fiction. www.SusanJuby.com
If you haven’t had a chance to drop by their websites/blogs, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.
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