Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to me!
I've officially been PUBLISHED!
Happy Birthday ... to ME!
Yes, today really is my birthday, but that's not the big news!
The news I've been anxiously sitting on, because a couple of months ago, the most amazing thing happened.
An email landed in my inbox, from a reporter who wanted to know if I would be interested in possibly writing a column for one of our local monthly newspapers, The Laker.
After a bit of conversation, it turned out that we have a mutual friend in common, and it was through her facebook 'likes', that he found this little Korner of mine.
He liked what he saw, thought I might be a good fit for the paper, but still had to discuss it with the editor.
Then, I heard from the editor and she asked the hard question. "Which topics were you thinking of tackling?"
As you all know, that could be just about anything that's going on in my head at any given moment!
And that's pretty much what I told her.
But then I thought to myself, if this was really it, if this was my opportunity to get something I had written out to the world, somewhere other than my own blog, my very first published piece, what would I want that to be?
Should I submit something I'd already written, or come up with something entirely new?
I knew I wanted it to be something relevant. Something I felt strongly about. Something that could be of personal interest to most anyone reading it.
So I reworked it a bit, to accommodate for the word limit, and chose the blog post I wrote a couple of months ago, about the launch of the Rehtaeh Parsons Society.
And then I waited.
It was the middle of January, and the next edition of the paper wouldn't be out for a couple of weeks.
This may be my first rodeo, but I do know enough to know that if it's a busy news month in the community, the opinion column wouldn't necessarily make it into print.
But that was OK with me.
I was ecstatic that I was even being given the opportunity in the first place, (...to write a column ... for a paper ... GAH! ), so I'd just try again the next month!
Today, my birthday, I picked this up. It's the newest edition of The Laker.
Psssstttt! ... Hey Mom! Look who's on Page 16!
They published my column.
With my very own by-line!
I have to say, aside from, 'HOLY CRAP! That's me!', that's pretty much the best damn birthday present this girl could EVER ask for!
Well, OK. Maybe finding THIS in my driveway would be the best damn birthday present this girl could EVER ask for ...
But seeing my own words and thoughts, in a column I wrote in the newspaper ... that's pretty freakin' awesome, too.