Monday, June 16, 2014

I need to get back into the swing of things

I feel so out of the writing loop. This has been a wing-ding month so far.

I came home from the hospital to a slew of emails. Two of them were unbelievable.

I have taken advantage of two free internet sites for years, Giga Alerts and Google Alerts. Giga monitors my interests and sends me updates on specific submission opportunities. Google of course sends periodic updates on my name search.

I opened GIGA to discover a call out with a link to my very own blog! It was something I had posted for others to read. Now that wasn't much of a help for ME.

GOOGLE listed a link to FOX News: an article about the Chicken Soup Alzheimer's and Other Dementias book, with four direct quotes, one of them MINE.

My latest writing news: The Salvation Army magazine, The War Cry has accepted one of my personal essays, and they pay 25 cents per word. I am thrilled. I think of the War Cry as that pamphlet that the bell ringers give out at Christmas time.

Which reminds me of the time my four year old granddaughter who had been shopping with me, dropping coins in every kettle at every store one winter day. The last guy said, "God bless you." She stopped in her tracks, turned around and said, "Why do you guys keep God blessin' me when I'm not even sneezing?"

This is the same kid who stopped in her tracks coming out the door at Wal-Mart. She pointed to the LOST KIDS pictures on the wall and shouted, "I know where these kids are! They live with the old woman in the shoe. Nobody but her could lose this many kids."

She was so smart and precocious, and Thursday she will have her own little darling to brag about, to make her laugh, cry, sob, smile, show off.
 

15 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

Ha! Cute quote from the granddaughter. :-))

Bookie said...

You are already back inthe swing. Perking right along!!!! Good

Daisy said...

Congratulations on the exciting news you received! Love the story about your granddaughter. I'm sure her little one will have profound things to say as well. :)

Tammy said...

Congratulations on that lucrative publication...and on that blessing of a granddaughter of yours. May you enjoy her baby just as much.

Merlesworld said...

Your granddaughter should go into politics she is a problem solver.
Merle.........

Val said...

Yes, we need our swinger back.

Chicken said...

Your granddaughter cracks me up. It sounds like all is flowing along smoothly, though, you just need a little time to catch up to all the good news!

Sioux said...

Congratulations on landing into the "big money." You're a gifted writer, Linda, and you deserve to paid well for your craft.

Sioux said...

I forgot to say--Congratulations in advance...

That little great-grandbaby is going to be spoiled rotten.

Susan said...

Dear Linda...
It has been a doozy of a month for you.

I'm sure you are extremely excited about Thursday. I wish your great granddaughter the best. Hope she gets through the surgery well, to welcome the new little life. Susan

Lisa Claro said...

You really have had a heckuva time, Linda. Hospitals are exhausting. Congrats on your fame! You've earned it. :)

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

How wonderful to be published! Am happy for you. Love your granddaughter's quotes, too!

Alice said...

Linda, what a busy time. And folks think you have the summer off. I've been in a tailspin for two years (ever since I retired). I tell myself I might be lonely someday so I best not complain. No one I know is more dedicated to writing. Stories are probably running around in your head while we speak and you'll make up for lost time. Take time and smell the roses and the baby powder while you can.

Theresa Sanders said...

Congratulations on all the publications! You will be back in the swing of things soon. Hope Bill is continuing to mend, and blessings to your new little great grandson!

Theresa Sanders said...

Congratulations on all the publications! You will be back in the swing of things soon. Hope Bill is continuing to mend, and blessings to your new little great grandson!