Tuesday, March 6, 2012

We've Come a Long Way Baby!

 I'd like to take a trip down memory lane. Would you like to come along? 

I started this blog in 2007 because I wanted to build a web presence for myself as an "author" and challenge myself to learn some of those technical computer things. Little did I know how much I would enjoy blogging, the opportunities that would come my way, and most of all the incredible FRIENDS--like you--I would meet along the way. We've come a long way, and I say "We" because I wouldn't be here without the great support from each of you! Thank you!

 I'm reposting one of my very first posts today. It's kind of fun for me to look at what has happened since I wrote that post. 

I have 4 kids now--holy wow! It's been intense around here, but goodness, those little munchkins bring me so much joy. 

My second suspense novel, Caller ID, is about to be released (less than 1 week, people!). My first novel, Wrong Number, was awarded Outstanding Book of the Year from LUW and was also a Whitney Finalist. I just answered a question via email from someone living in China about my first nonfiction book, Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage. I wrote that book because I wanted to help people, but I never would have imagined my book making its way to China. 

I feel incredibly blessed to have realized my dream of becoming a published author. A pivotal part of that journey was my introduction to a wonderful critique group, AuthorsIncognito and my authors guild LDStorymakers. I feel like I'm only beginning my journey. I have so many more goals to achieve, so many more stories to write, and blogs to post. :)

Many of the things on my top ten list still apply to me. Even though I'm a published author, I'm still vulnerable, and I'm putting myself out there right now for more rejections because I'm querying agents. Yes, if you have any extra magic fairy dust, sprinkle it here because this farm girl knows how to work hard and I'd like to double my efforts in my career with an agent.

So here's that list. If I were writing this list today, it'd say "my inbox" and "emails" instead of "mail"--crazy how things change!

First posted on September 15, 2007:

The Top 10 Reasons to be a Writer According to Rachelle J. Christensen

I love being a writer and I want you all to know how much I enjoy it, so here's my top ten list!

10. You get lots of mail. Yes, it’s usually rejection letters with words like "unfortunately, sorry, and it’s just not right for me," but hey, everyone loves to get mail—right?

9. You get to have your self-esteem tested on a regular basis. Most people go around thinking they are no good, but you have the actual proof in the letter you just got out of the mailbox.

8. You are one of the few people who will get to enjoy The Look in your lifetime. The Look is when you are talking about what you like to do and you say, “I like to write.” And the person says, “Really, have you been published?” and if you say, “No, but I’ve got 289 queries out right now.” They give you The Look and say, “Hmmm, that’s nice.” (If further explanation is needed just try it on one of your friends).

7. You know how to do things with Microsoft Word that Bill Gates doesn’t even know.

6. You can feel good about devouring an entire bag of M&M’s, ½ pound of cheese, a box of crackers, another bag of M&M’s, and a Dove dark chocolate bar because you are going to reach your word count goal today!

5. You will acquire the odd habit of addressing letters to yourself with postage paid and dropping it in the mailbox and excitedly counting down the days until you get it back.

4. Writers are intelligent people! You know what ms, SASE, SAE, SCBWI, IRC, b&w, 20 lb. white, YA , dummy, and agent only means.

3. You also know what query, outline, sample chapter, spreadsheet, synopsis, unsolicited material, simultaneous submissions,em dash, table of contents, royalties, advances, and submissions editor means. Oh, and of course you know what rejection means too.

2. When you step into a bookstore from now on, you will look around at all the sundry bestselling books on the shelves in awe and smack your palm against your glistening forehead and vociferate, “What am I doing wrong!” and then wince as your hand tingles and your wrist throbs, and you remember that you shouldn’t slap things because you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

1. Because you like to write prolifically, and you compose, dash off, draft, scribble, create, rewrite, reference, versify, and inscribe on a daily basis— you can write up silly, zany, cockamamie, amusing, sardonic top ten lists and post it for your friends when you are having an otherwise uneventful day. (And you can count this list as 461 words closer to your word limit today and insist that all of your friends give Rachelle J. Christensen credit for writing something worthwhile today.)

Thanks for joining me on this trip down memory lane, and thank you again for making this journey so enjoyable!
How has your life changed in the past 5 years? Have you achieved some of the things you'd hoped to?

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