August 18, 2006


Look Out East Coast...

If you're a columnist, the sexiest word anyone could ever whisper into your ear would be "syndication".

It's what we all want - the chance to write one piece and get paid over and over for it. Not a lot granted, but still. We also want the ability to reach out beyond our usual audience, and see how it flies in Peoria.

Or my case, in Newfoundland. I found out a couple of days ago that a newspaper in Newfoundland/Labrador has picked up Power Shift. The Independent is a newish, classy weekly, and this makes me immensely happy.

Let me share with you the exact order of events around here, as they occurred. The Syndicate emailed me and told me. I smiled to myself, finished the column I was working on, and promptly burst into tears. I started writing less than 3 years ago, and my parents have been gone 6 and 10 years respectively. I have not been able to share a single success, large or small, with them. This means every little accomplishment is accompanied by a little hollow pain and the belief that I waited too long.

Marc, 14, came home first. I told him that Power Shift would be running in The Independent. He looked at me with disbelief. "Power Shift? The one where you don't know anything about cars?" he asked. He is still struggling with the premise of Mom writing in the auto section.

Jackson, 11, was in next. I briefly explained the concept. "Power Shift? Why? They should do Motherlode, it's way better," he exclaimed. This is the lad who is included in Motherlode far more often than Power Shift. I'm assuming his reply was a little self-serving.

The grown ups in my life were more enthusiastic. I am beyond pleased to have been brought on board by The Independent. Why shouldn't another little patch of this planet be allowed to know what kind of nutter I am?

3 Comments:

Anonymous eveline said...

Congrats on the syndication deal. Your parents would be so proud. And I've a feeling they wouldn't be surprised. Keep it up.

August 18, 2006 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not surprised either - the world should have benefit of your wiseness & wittiness. I think your parents would wonder what took so long for your potential to rise to its fullest - maybe you needed to be the maturity you are now. I would love to have had you for my daughter. Just keep on keeping on - you are doing great. Sandie ( the Avon lady.

August 18, 2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

After comments like these, I have to quit feeling sorry for myself.

Thank you, ladies. Your words mean a great deal to me.

August 18, 2006 11:24 AM  

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