Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thrilled beyond words

Oh my gosh! I received an email today that made me sit up and take notice. Actually, it made my heart pound rapidly, and I did a happy dance. I had to wait to calm down before responding.
Months ago I submitted to a call out for an anthology titled, We Will Survive.

Gloria Gaynor's #1 hit song in the 1980s, I Will Survive, inspired her to develop an anthology based on how her song inspired others. My story was one of those selected, along with three other local writer friends. Gloria Gaynor's publicist asked if I would contact the others to see if they wanted to meet GG briefly next week when she is in town for a private event.

We were very excited, and I answered YES on behalf of Lynn Obermoeeler and Cathi Lamarche, Alice Muschany, and myself.

Then a little while ago, I received an update: Would we like to be Gloria Gaynor's guests at her concert, a private event in town? We will join her an hour beforehand to chat.
Now how cool is that?!
 
Gloria has been honored with awards, had many guests appearances in the United States and other countries, and has received accolades worldwide. Along with her global reach through concerts and engagements, Gloria uses the platform and inspiration of I Will Survive to give back. "I Will Survive should remind us to be proactive in this world." Gloria embodies this through her work with the American Diabetes Association, Save the Children, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, among others.

18 comments:

Sioux said...

Congratulations on the publication, Linda (and Lynn, and Cathi) and how thrilling. You ladies are going to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Take photos. Have someone else take photos of you with Gloria. And savor it...

Kim said...

How exciting for you and our local writers who will get a publishing credit and get to meet the inspiration for their selected stories! I agree with Sioux, take photos!

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

How cool!

Cathy C. Hall said...

First I was afraid--I was petrified!!!

YOU LUCKY DUCKS!!

(That song was HUGE the year I moved to the big city of Macon, Ga. and got a big time job at a small time radio station. I sang--some would say screeched--that song down the aisle of the station SO many times. Ah, Gloria. I feel 20-something, just thinking of you. :-)

Merlesworld said...

That's pretty good I bet you are thrilled.
Merle...........

BECKY said...

OMG, Linda!! I am doing the happy dance for you, Lynn, Alice, and Cathi. (that's four, right? You're excused for getting the math wrong! You were too excited!!)
That is the coolest thing I've ever heard of about any of our local writers!! The other anthologies maybe should take notice and start offering a little extra something, too! :)
I think you all should "dance like nobody is watching" ...when you get the chance!
Ah...those crazy disco days!! So happy for you!

Val said...

Wow! That Gaynor gal is a class act. Congratulations!

Bobby Barbara Smith said...

That's so exciting! No wonder you're doing the happy dance. And what a welcomed break from all the hard work you are doing. This will be one of those "once in a lifetime" experiences. Enjoy!!! (D0 get a photo with her ;)

Bookie said...

How grand for you and the other gals. Life is good for you all right now! Enjoy!

Susan Sundwall said...

Wonderful, Linda! Enjoy, enjoy!

Susan said...

Wow, Linda. That was very exciting news, indeed. Congratulations and I know you will have a BLAST! Susan

Alice said...

Ditto to Cathy's comment: First I was afraid--I was petrified!!!
After the shock wore off, my thoughts were so high school, "What can I wear that won't make me look fat since I can't suck in my hips? Can I bring my camera? Hope I'm not having a bad hair day, etc." Looking forward to the experience. I'm sure we'll survive and have great stories to share afterward.

Debora said...

Wow! Congratulations! Get pictures and post them for us, OK?

Daisy said...

How cool! Sounds like fun. I hope you have a great time!

jabblog said...

How exciting - you'll all have such fun.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Very exciting! Can't wait to hear all about it.

K9friend said...

Take plenty of pictures and notes. Looking forward to hearing about this experience in detail!

Pat
Critter Alley

Janet, said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful.