Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

I can pinpoint the moment I started my writing journey - my real writing journey. I'd been writing for years but until I joined RWA I had no idea what putting words to a page to create a story really meant.

I ran a fan club for country singing artist, Kevin Sharp. One of his fans wrote him a letter thanking him for helping her through the painful times with his beautiful voice and songs. I answered her letter and told her I was a writer and asked for advice. BOY oh boy did I get it - she told me to join RWA and get into a local chapter, attend national conferences and take all the classes I could. That was twelve years ago and we are now best of friends. I consider her my mentor and am so thankful for that letter she wrote to Kevin. He loves that I am writing, too, and when he wrote a story of his remarkable life surviving cancer, he asked me to write the introduction.

This proves to me that we can find gifts everywhere. I consider Karen Rose Smith to be one of my gifts and thank her for bringing me here to this place where I've found the greatest friendships, support, learned to write and become part of a great network. As far as I am concerned, writers are the best kind of friends to have. I am thankful for each of you!


morgan said...

Hi Paisley,
What a gutsy thing to do to ask for help. You shaped your own future with that one action. I am very grateful to have you in the group.

Ana Morgan said...

Isn't it amazing how one seemingly out of the blue event sets up a life journey. Thanks for sharing this, Paisley.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thank you, Morgan. The trickle down effect does put us in amazing places some times and when we least expect it. Thanks for coming by on a holiday. I didn't expect comments today.

Hope you had a great holiday.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Yes, it is amazing when we receive gifts in the strangest ways and places, Ana. I am very blessed with the people I have in my life.

Hope you had a great holiday. :)

Josie said...

I'm commenting a day late, but hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. This is indeed a wonderful group of writers.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thank you, Josie. We had a lovely day...just hubby and me, and of course, a delightfully plump turkey and the trimmings. Hope yours was great as well.