There’s Always a First Time for Everything!
In my very first blog, I brought up the phenomena of firsts, ‘a baby’s first word, a toddler’s first step, the first day of school, first date, first job, first car, first kiss, and saying, “I do”.’ Firsts are unforgettable. Firsts are the ‘fire’ in firecracker, the ‘hee’ in heehaw. They keep us going when we’re down and move us ever forward no matter what befalls us, sustaining us through difficult or joyous times.
Previously, I mentioned that I’d finaled for the first time in a writing contest, the Romance Through The Ages contest, sponsored by the Hearts Through History Chapter. The winners were to be announced at the RWA National Conference in Orlando, at a cocktail party co-chaired by the Celtic Hearts Chapter. The event happened as planned and I was honored to be accompanied by good friends from the Heart of Dixie who helped me feel special that night. (Jean, Stephanie, Sherry and Lesia, you deserve my warmest thanks! I’ll never forget you were there for me. And dearest Cheryl, your positive and encouraging e-mails touched my heart. Thank you for your support!)
I’d like to tell the readers of this blog that the RTTA contest is well run and the coordinators and judges should be commended for doing such a fabulous job. Second, I placed 3rd! Another first! First positive contest experience, first final and now first top three placement!
That night, I had the opportunity to meet the final judge of the Georgian/Regency/Victorian category, Barbara Poelle. Young and energetic, she would certainly be a great agent for any aspiring writer or published author. Though she may never see this blog post, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Poelle for her encouraging comments.
Pitching appointments are what many of us fear and look forward to at the same time at national conference. While I was unable to get appointments when they first came open this year, some new ones appeared and Jean called me right away. Thanks to Jean, I’m now able to celebrate another first, a conference full request!
Kismet: fate, fortune. ‘Good things happen to those who wait.’ ‘The universe is unfolding as it should.’ Perhaps holding onto my fortune cookie fortunes has been a good thing.
Do you believe in fate? Do you hang onto fortune cookie fortunes? What kind of firsts are you hoping for next?