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We’re off and running in 2014 and I’ve discovered I’m in the middle of at least six races at once. Because I like to run, (saves time), I say ‘Yes’ quite often to a new race without yet knowing the route. (If you want to jump to the finish line of this, go ahead to the last paragraph.*)
There are two places in my life where I’m slow and cautious, and do not run. The first is my writing. I view it as a slow, solitary walk in the woods; full of reflection, backtracking, pauses to discover little treasures, and a keen, ever-mindful eye on the path. The second is when I’m dealing with money, at home or at work. I close out the world and only see numbers. As for the rest, I follow my intuition and run where life takes me. When I like a person, place or thing, I always say ‘Yes’ to him, her, or it. (Being married to a ‘No’ person is very helpful!)
Prior to publishing a book, I was only running three races with family, friends, and work. Once Memory Lake hit the marketplace, the other races began. I stepped out from behind the computer to say ‘Yes’ to book signings, interviews, and speaking at book groups, clubs, and special events. Along this race, I met other authors and joined “Write by the Rails“, (WbtR). We are a writing group, kind of like AA for writers, where we support each other and find venues to help each other market our works. Being in WbtR, led me to say ‘Yes’ to our President, who asked me to get involved in Prince William County’s Art Council. I said ‘Yes’ to that President and became the Art Council’s Secretary-Treasurer. I also said ‘Yes’ to my boss of 21 years, (a wonderful woman, whom I adore), when she asked me to find a way for her very quaint town center, Tackett’s Mill, to serve the community. (She owns other properties, which I oversee as CFO, but Tackett’s is our favorite, and it’s where my office is located.) Thank goodness, these three races will converge in 2014. Tackett’s Mill will have a beautiful community center and one of its first events will be the announcement of a ‘Poet Laureate’, as organized by WbtR and sponsored by the Arts Council.
* It’s quite rewarding for me to see all that running around last year was not in circles. It is following a route toward a finish line. Good thing too, because I just said ‘Yes’ to a blog tour! It is the “Endless Possibilities Blog Tour”, organized by WbtR members. It means another race for me, and if you run it with me, you will meet other authors and may just find that next good book to read.
Here is the list, in no particular order, because it is a race, after all.
Geri Collard said:
Nancy, Your writing flows like water to the sea. It is a pleasant journey to follow your streams from one activity and subject to another. You have a gift, you are a gift I look forward to reading more. “Lilly” is adorable, she may lead you down another path.
Brilliant metaphors, NK, and an excellent summary of what you’re about. We are indeed addicted to writing, and it’s a beautiful thing. Almost as beautiful as Lilly!
Thanks Dan! And now it appears I veered off the path of this blog tour and landed in the woods on a very different path. Luckily a few members have found me and set me straight. I was reading the map upside down. It’s tough to read a map when you are running, btw. I hope to have guest posts every Tuesday and Thursday from now on. Fingers crossed.
Nancy! What a great piece! It’s been so fun to share your races with you and I’m excited for WbtR :-). Thank you for sharing…and for Lilly, the sweet, surprise ending!
Misty…you are too kind. I’ve enjoyed your races, as well. Yes, Write by the Rails is making its mark. It’s fun to be part of the action.
Lilly is absolutely gorgeous! It’s definitely a race….and I’m so glad because it’s forcing me to WRITE!
Thanks for rallying us to the starting line…
Great post! Lilly is adorable!