Years and years and years ago, I would have given my firstborne child to get on this site. Oh ho-ney yes. It's the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, shortened to Columnists.com that I believe Sheila Moss runs. Well, let me tell you my story, then I'll tell you what that has to do with me. And correct me if Sheila Moss isn't the one who runs it, I have a cold, my head is full of things I don't even want to imagine and I'm half doped up with Nyquil.
Before running a PR business and before writing books, I was writing newspaper columns but nothing spectacular like owning my own column or anything. Freelancing they called it. Some paid, some didn't, but I saved every last clip whether it paid or not.
By some stroke of luck, I did get into the front page of my local paper with a report of a shooting that almost killed my boyfriend by interviewing him as he was dictating what happened to him while we were sitting at the sheriff's department. Talk about run on sentences - now you know why I'm in PR and not writing books.
But I did hear, because it was a Gannett paper, that it made USA Today and The Daily Times up in Maryland, but I never saw it and it was too late to look being as the information was given to me days later.
But seriously, my dream though was to write my own humor column. I ended up having a few of them show up in my local paper and I even took a stab at becoming a humor columnist online. I set up my own website called Where's the Damn Picket Fence and if you look super duper close, you'll see Sheila Moss even gave me an award and said...
Gotta love the woman.
So anyway, years passed by and I dove headfirst into online marketing, completely forgetting about my dream to be a humor columnist when lo and behold, one of my authors today emailed me saying Sheila gave Pump Up Your Book a plug. That Sheila. Just can't get enough of me, can she?
Here's the link.
So the moral of this blog post is this. Forget chasing your dreams. Let your dreams find you because sooner or later when you least expect it, Sheila Moss will be saying wonderful things about you even though it has not a darn thing with writing humor.
But before I head back to bed, I want to send a heartfelt thank you to Sheila and to my wonderful author client buddy humor writing friend, Rose A. Valenta, for sending me the link. Incidentally, buy her book, Sitting on Cold Porcelain. I owe her one.