Monday, June 7, 2010

Got to Tell you Something

First let me say a MASSIVE thank you to all those who visited my blog while I was away in the USA attending the Pen to Press Writers Conference. I will immediately be getting around to all your blogs tonight, as well as welcoming my new readers. Thank you for joining. You are very important to me. What is a writer without readers anyway? :)

I am now back in the land of OZ. My boys survived nearly two weeks without Mommy, as did the house, my dog and my husband (not necessarily in that order :)

The conference was amazing. I have to say that I was totally unprepared for the response to both my writing and my book. Nothing has happened yet, (and there are no guarantees that anything will) but I had a lot of requests to submit my entire manuscript from both editors and agents. So I am doing a mini happy dance, trying to remember that this writing journey is indeed a long one. Patience and I are getting well acquainted with each other. I'm not going to say we are best friends yet, but we are on solid speaking terms.

Tonight I would like to shout out some amazing people who have helped me grow as both a person and a writer.

Esther. You know who you are. You know what you have done. Thank you. You get that thank you needs to be a bigger word.

Wendy Prior. She has read more versions of my memoir than any person should rightly have had to read. Guys, if you don't follow this girl's blog then go follow her now. Right now. Before she is famous. She writes young adult and has a truly amazing story cooking at the moment. Not to mention a beautiful writing voice. AND she just placed in the top five on Rachelle Gardener's blog for best one line summary of a story. Well done girl! She is one step away from an agent snapping her right up. I will one day be able to say I knew her when...

Deb Shucka and Carrie Wilson Link. Two seriously cool women who have both written their own memories. They run workshops for anyone looking to sharpen their writing skills and I have benefited from both their insight and support.

Karen Walker. Another amazing published memorist who has read my book and given me the benefit of her insight. She is both honest and passionate about life and living well. Her blog is a bright place to be.


Suzanne. For putting cool into writing. And for wading your way through really early drafts of my work and still offering to read for me. Her work is amazing. I can't wait to see her in print. She is one step away people. I am sure many of you already follow her blog. If not, go follow.

There are others who support me and have helped me remember to breath during some really difficult times. Thank you to all of you. Sorry if I have not mentioned you by name. You are no less important. And a huge thank you to you, fellow bloggers. Without who I would have no one to share the ups and downs of writing and no one who appreciates what it means to truly love words. You all make me tear up. Go hug a book people. And send good thoughts my way. I know I am sending them yours. May this be the year for many writing dreams out there to show themselves real. :)

Love Tab

31 comments:

  1. Tab, you never cease to make my day! I don't know what I'd do without you. I better do a decent blog post now. All I have is Ryder going ballistic at the river. That should do it :D

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  2. Yay!!! I'm not surprised by your requests. These other writers sound like wonderful women! Can't wait to hear more about the contest. :-)

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  3. Yea Tab. So glad your trip went well. Looking forward to great news soon!

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  4. Love that picture!

    That's so awesome that you accomplished so much at the conference! Keeping my fingers crossed....

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  5. Super cool, Tab, and thanks for the shout out!

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  6. No one deserves success more than you do, Tab. Thanks so much for the shout out. It was an honor to read your work. Your writing inspires and humbles me.
    Karen

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  7. Yay for the request! Congratulations and I'm glad you're back :)

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  8. I'm honored to be a part of your amazing journey, Tab. I'm so glad, and not at all surprised, at your success. We're all going to be able to say, sooner rather than later, that we knew you when.

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  9. I'm glad things went well at the conference and that your kids survived 2 weeks w/out Mum.

    GREAT pic!

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  10. That is awesome news. I think you have every right to do the happy dance.

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  11. Awesome! Congrats on all the good news and I pray more comes your way! Can't wait to hear all the good news!!!

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  12. SQUEE! Conrats on the full requests!! That's awesome, Tab. You'll have to keep us updated.

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  13. Oh, Tab, this is wonderful news. Full requests...wow wow wow! I'm sooo happy for you. Girl, you're thisclose to realizing your dream. Keep us updated!! And I gave you a shout-out on my blog today.

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  14. Awesome! I'm so glad you had a great time and made some inroads with agents/editors! And just for you, I'll be hugging a book tonight! :-)

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  15. Thanks everyone for your kind words. Of course I know there is still so far to go. But it is worth stopping along the way sometimes to do a happy dance. :)

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  16. A wonderful person is carried upwards y wings of light. So Tabitha, whereever you Shall opt to fly the sky will always be beautiful than anywhere else!
    Thankyou for making this the face of this world visible through you!
    And Bravo...i guess you are only begining a big adventure!!!
    hugs
    Col

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  17. A wonderful person is carried upwards as you on your wings of light....

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  18. congrats on all the success at the conference!! Glad you're home safe and sound.

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  19. happy dance, happy dance....that's amazing!

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  20. Happy news! I'm excited for you!

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  21. It sounds like you had a very productive time away! Good luck with it all. Exciting times ahead, me thinks! ;)

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  22. Tab, so GLAD to be back in touch with you, you amazing writer you!! Praise God that the conference went well! Excited for you. But not a bit surprised.

    P

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  23. I'm so glad the conference went well! I've missed you, Tab!

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  24. I too, love that photo. Awesome! I also love Deb.

    You have an awesome blog, and I'm glad to be a reader. :)

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  25. Thanks for all the wonderful encouraging comments. You guys make me smile. :)

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  26. May it indeed! Congrats, Tabitha! It's sounds as if so many great things are in store, I hope one pans out.

    I'll keep sending good thoughts your way and hopefully we'll hear some news soon! :o)

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  27. So glad you came back safely and home was still in one piece. Thank you so much for stopping by. I always enjoy your lovely visits. ^__^ I am not surprised of your warm reception to your work at the conference. After all Tab, you rock. No, you rizzock! God will continue to open doors in ways that will amaze you. His blessings are upon your head. Congrats!

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  28. Oh yeah, and PS: Yes, tears do water the seeds of life. Some may find them frivolous :)

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  29. I'm so glad the conference was a wonderful experience for you! We've missed your bright words and beautiful soul. It's awesome that you're able to submit to several agents/publishers. I'm believing the best for you!

    Welcome back,
    Jen

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    Thank you!
    Sincerely,
    Tanya Gastineau

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