One of my professional goals this year was to get another magazine publication credit under my belt, and I did it in the final month of the year when Metro Parent published my article: "What's Your Story?"
The backstory: I sent a copy of my Baby on Board column to the editor asking if she'd consider running it as a reprint. I think this is a good story of pursuing your passion instead of focusing on the money first. It wasn't that I thought running a reprint would be lucrative. It was that I loved the message in that particular column and wanted to share it with as many people as possible: Your stories matter - share them.
She sent me back a kind, thanks but we don't publish personal essays. I thanked her for considering it and asked her to keep in mind for future assignments. And moved on to the next thing.
Months later I received an email from this editor wondering if I'd be willing to re-work the article, keeping the spirit of it while turning it into a feature article about local parents preserving their family histories in unique ways. I said, "Nah." Just kidding. I did the dance of joy and got right on it.
Earlier this year I worked on clarifying my writing platform with the help of Christina Katz' book "Get Known Before the Book Deal." This assignment was ideal. I love seeing things coming together with some hard work, putting myself (and my dreams) out there and, of course, patience.
If you're interested in reading it and can't get it through the link above, let me know and I'll gladly post the clip.
Also, let me know if any of you are even the least bit curious about the Project 365/Project Life idea. I'd love to know if anyone else is inspired to try something like that. Or even think about trying it?