Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Year of Changes, Both Good and Bad

It's hard to believe I haven't updated my blog in over 7 months. I haven't even logged on to catch up with all of my blogger friends. Life has a funny way of getting in the way sometimes. But when my eyes finally opened and I logged on....WOW. So many things have changed for everyone, both good and bad. What a year!!

In the past several months, I have had things both good and bad happen in my life. Some things I have control over and some things I don't or I've just chosen not to control.

I thought I would list a few things I've experienced since February 2nd - my last post.

  • I have been in touch with several of my high school classmates that I haven't seen in 25 years. Some of which I now see weekly.
  • I have been in touch with several of my 4-H camp friends and we have dinner once a month. Some I talk to daily.
  • Our pet Hamster, Linny passed away.
  • Our pet dog, buttercup passed away.
  • I have a new best friend which I haven't had in years.
  • I met Nora Roberts in April at the Washing Romance Writers monthly meeting.
Nora Roberts
  • In April, I attended the Washington Romance Writers retreat in VA and met many published authors, one of which was a NYT Best Selling author whom I had the privileged of drinking a few glasses of Champagne with on the porch!
  • I won a door prize from Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Brothers). I get to submit a synopsis to the Executive Editor without having an agent.
  • I won a scholarship to attended the Romance Writers of America convention in Washington, DC in July and met too many authors to mention every name, but brought home over 100 autographed books.
Debbie MaComber

Kelly St. John

Carly Phillips

Janet Evanovich with writer friends Jan Romes and Frankie Goss

Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jane Ann Krentz
  • I saw Nora Roberts again in July at the RWA convention and sat in the lobby of the hotel and had a nice conversation with Nora and her publicist.
  • In July, I met for the first time, several of my online writer friends.
  • Also in July, I met my mentor and good friend, author Lori Wilde who has been supporting my writing and editing my manuscripts line by line, online for over 3 years.
Lori Wilde
  • I submitted a partial manuscript to Harlequin Presents in London.
  • I have a newly designed website and matching blog.

  • My oldest daughter got accepted to Albright College in Reading, PA and left on August 27th.
  • My 2nd and 3rd daughters started school - 8th and 1st grade.
Now that you know what I have been doing, please feel free to let me know what's been happening in your lives.

I look forward to hearing from you all!!

Kathy Schindler

1 comment:

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Welcome back and thanks for the update! I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your pets. :( Sounds like a lot of good things happened too.