Welcome to week #50 of the Marketing for Romance Writers 52-week blog challenge. Tis week’s prompt is My Biggest Accomplishments, a theme that makes me say, “Ugh.” As I mentioned in week 46. I’m not really comfortable tooting my own horn. In fact, I really dislike doing it. But I’m determined to see this thing to the end without missing a week, so let’s give it a go.
The first thing that comes to mind is being a mom and a grand-mom. Giving birth to two amazing children and seeing them grow up into accomplished, intelligent, funny women is the best thing I’ve ever done with my life. Being Ooma and having close relationships with my grandkids is right up there with it. And having a good relationship with my son-in-law is at the top of my list, too. No doubt about it, my family is by far my greatest accomplishment.
The second thing that comes to mind is having formed some really good, long-lasting friendships. I have friends from my high school days, from various places I’ve worked, from churches I’ve attended, from various writing groups, from neighborhoods where I’ve lived, and from other connections I’ve made over the years. I’ve known some of these people for a long, long time, and some of them for only a short while. The best part of it is, we’re all very different. I’ve mentioned before how much I need variety in life, and friendships are no different. Some of us are liberal, some of us are conservative, and some of us don’t give a flip about politics at all. Some of us are creative types, some of us are logical thinkers. Some of us are straight, some of us are gay or lesbian. Some of us are opinionated, some of us are very quiet. Some of us are believers and attend church regularly, some of us…not so much, and some don’t believe at all, and those who do believe in God come from all sorts of different religious backgrounds. Some of us are highly educated, some of us barely got through high school. Some of us are married, some of us are not. Some of us have children and/or grandchildren, some of us don’t. Some of us have money, some of us don’t. Some of us love to clean house, some of us…well, don’t. I love my oddly different, eclectic mix of friends. Wouldn’t trade ’em for the world, and I’m grateful they’ve stuck with me for so long, in spite of myself.
The third thing that comes to mind is becoming a published author. I’m a picky reader, and I’m also a picky writer. Early on, I set a standard for myself, and I refused to submit anything to anybody until I was reasonably certain that what I wrote could hold its head up when compared to the books I like to read. So when my former editor at Berkley Prime Crime offered me a three-book contract on the very first book I submitted, I was over the moon. Becoming a published author was the only dream I ever had as a child, a teenager, and a young woman. It’s one of the biggest things I’ve done.
The fourth thing that comes to mind is the time I spent serving on the board of directors for Romance Writers of America. I served on the board for four years, two as a regional director, one as president-elect, and one as president. I really enjoyed my time on the board and would have loved to serve longer, but I had a (I think) healthy concern about becoming one of those people who serve in a position so long they begin to take ownership of it. I emphatically did not want to do that, so I purposely chose a trajectory that would not allow me to stick around for a long time. If memory serves, one of my fellow board members calculated that a person could stay on the board for 17 years if they wanted to. I didn’t think that would be good for the organization, so I didn’t want to. This is a picture of “my” board at the RWA National Conference in San Francisco in 2008. If I’d known our feet were going to show, I’d have kept my shoes on!
And finally…you know…just getting here, to this place, this age, this time, through life and all its ups and downs. That’s a pretty big accomplishment in itself.
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