All is well with me. How about you?
I’ve come up with an answer to my last post:
Yes. Awards matter.
Maybe they shouldn’t. Maybe I’m being vain, but they sure make me feel good.
I am pleased to report that another award has come my way. This one turned up in my spam box! Who knows why it landed there. I mentioned it to the company owner, because it seemed odd and strange to me.
What’s the award for? Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62. Awards from 5 different companies must mean something. If you’re following this blog, you already know what it’s about. If you’re new to the blog, click on the link.
The stickers are small enough that I could find a place to put them without ruining the cover design. Maybe I should do that…
So what’s going on in your writing life and the rest of your life? Inquiring minds want to know. What was your best moment this month? Leave a comment and let me know, okay?
Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62
A year ago I wanted to win as many awards as I could for Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62. So I entered in a bunch of places, and won some First Places and some Honorable Mentions and some Finalists. As you can tell from the tone of that last sentence, it mattered more before I did it.
I love that I have won from 4 or 5 different organizations. The latest one is the Royal Dragonfly.
Having been a writing contest judge, I know it’s the repetition that counts more than any one prize. I know opinions vary, and the fact that Never Too Late is receiving so much recognition is rewarding, but it’s a little scary that I could not name the awards from memory.
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll look back on these days and wonder why I didn’t lean into this time more. Then I’ll remember how much Richard and I were both doing, and maybe I’ll remember these as some of the best years of our life together.
Be sure to check the mirror in the upper left-hand corner.
I believe this is the one-year anniversary of Never Too Late‘s publication, and I’m glad I said yes to my husband and my publisher.
I’d love to read your comments about publishing books and articles. Can you share?
Here’s a quiet giveaway for the e-book version of
Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62.
Go to https://www.amazon.com/ga/p/2fa33846b918dfd7#ln-dei and you stand a good chance of winning a copy of Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62. The giveaway ends November 2.
Even if you’ve read the book, you can pay it forward to a friend, a library, a senior center, a book club, or anyone who claims she can’t find that right person. Maybe you can help your friend reinvent the meaning of “right person.”
And why is this a quiet giveaway? I haven’t acquired skills in promoting it. So if you see this, why not give it a try.
There is hope for anyone seeking a life partner. I am living proof of it.
Enter the giveaway today.
“No one, and I mean no one, writes alone in an attic with no support. Think about it: in order to stay in an attic all day doing your thing, someone has to shop, cook and clean for you, do the laundry, bring you new supplies. If we’ve heard of a writer, someone edited and published them. Someone bought the books.
“My point is: the myth of the lonely artist serves none of us. If you have a dream to write, get a buddy, take a class, find a group, or get support to find alone time if that is what you need.” — Elizabeth Stark
- What are you searching for?
So how do you find the support you need? Check out the following resources:
Story Circle Network
International Women’s Writing Guild
Shut Up and Write
National Novel Writing Month
National Association of Memoir Writers
The resources are out there and many stories sit inside your head, waiting to be told. Writer Advice has a manuscript consultation service, which I run, and I also teach Independent Study, working one-on-one with you and your writing, through Story Circle Network. Why face the blank page alone when there are resources to help you?
You can see a sample of my writing in the free section of Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 here.
This is an observation, not a complaint. I love all the good things that are coming my way.
- Awards for Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62
- A new writing project — too soon to tell you about it
- New editing jobs — through Story Circle Network and privately
- More books to read — including three competing for the Sarton Award offered by Story Circle Network and a number sent by some excellent publishers
- Submissions to Writer Advice’s Flash TRAVEL Contest, which I love reading and commenting about.-Read about it in the tan box at Writer Advice .
- The next speaking engagement …
- The light on the hills as the sun sets …
- Thursday night dates with my husby, whose unexpected attention and love gave me the inspiration for Never Too Late.
So, “the hurrieder I go, the behinder I get” (thank you Lewis Carroll) and I don’t publish here often. New things are coming soon. Sign up to be notified by putting your e-mail in the “Follow” box.
And if you are a writer, please check out Writer Advice’s Flash TRAVEL Contest.