ten years ago
dream in pocket
learning to pitch a book
awed by everyone
Today, I pull a bin
to my own author table.
I am awed at everything.
It’s just ten years.
Same space I pitched!
ten books to spread
for this event.
My words searching for homes.
A blink of time
I just realized that this month is the 10th anniversary of my first writing conference. I bravely registered for one day of the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, took my husband and our exchange student to Vancouver. While they spent a day exploring, I pitched my first book to the publisher who would eventually offer me a contract for it and had my first blue pencil with a professional author (Meg Tilley). Ten years later, I’ve been invited to sell at a Guest Author table, in the very same room I pitched in, and I will have ten books on my table to sell and sign. How astonishing. How quickly a decade passes! How amazing to see what happens when you take the risk!
inspiring whales… April 20, 2012
Tags: appreciation, divers, entrapped, Facebook, gratitude, humpback whale, invocation, Rotary
On my Facebook feed today was the inspiring story of divers who rescued an entrapped humpback whale, and the inspiring appreciation she showed for their efforts.
Attending to due diligence, I investigated the story and discovered on the urban legends.com site (I sure hope no one ever discredits them) that the story was in fact true.
Here is a link to the original newspaper article relating the event that happened in 2005 off the coast of San Francisco.
I really like how the anonymous Facebook poster summarized the significance of this experience:
Both giving gratitude and receiving it provide joy. While troubles shared are halved, gratitude doubles joy. I like the math.