Welcome to another blog chain. Today’s topic comes from Michelle Hickman. She asks:
This is the month in creating writing goals and making big accomplishments. What is your greatest accomplishment — in writing, your life or perhaps something incidental that had a big effect on you?
For once, I didn’t have to think before coming up with answer. Hands down, my son is my biggest accomplishment. He turned four in July, and teaches me things daily. He has a terrific sense of humor, is very silly, focused, smart, athletic (yep, don’t think he got that from either me or my husband), kind, persistent, and a host of other things. Before I had him, my main goal was getting published. Succeeding as a writer is something that is still very important to me, but being there for my little guy, guiding him, letting him teach me, is EVERYTHING. And, because of him, my professional successes gain new meaning. I want him to know he can accomplish anything he desires as long as he works at it. I want him to know he doesn’t have to settle for one thing–he can be so many things. Right now, he wants to be a construction worker, fireman, policeman, landscaper, ambulance worker, and most recently a cowboy. I’m sure tomorrow there will be a new profession added to the list. Why not?
As for me, I tell him I’m a mommy, a writer, a teacher. I started adjuncting at a college this fall, something I always wanted to do. My first YA came out in Nov. 2010. My next YA will be out in March. He’s been to bookstores with me and has gotten excited when he saw my book on a shelf. And I’m excited too. But not just because the book is there, but because my little man thinks it’s awesome, and HE’S proud of ME. And that makes me feel more accomplished than anything.