Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I Haven't Been Punished Yet---Guest Blogger Rebecca J. Carlson

I Haven't Been Punished Yet

Three years ago I did a Career Week presentation at our elementary school on being a homemaker. Why not? No one pays me for it, but that's what I do. One of the teachers made me feel really good by saying, "I want to come live at your house."

This year I went ahead and signed up for Career Week as an author. Why not? No book contract yet, but I've sold a few stories to magazines, and one editor said she'd look at a rewrite of my latest manuscript. I'm up and coming!

I presented eight different thirty-minute sessions for groups of children ranging in age from Kindergarten to third grade. The third-graders impressed me by naming over a dozen authors in just a minute or two. It reminded me why I'm doing this. We talked about practicing writing every day, I showed them how to write a cover letter to submit a story to a magazine, and then I talked about how to get a book published (that last one on a theoretical basis only).

One of my friends told me that her son came home and reported, "We saw Mrs. Carlson at school today. Did you know she's written three books but she hasn't been punished yet?"

Someone punish me, please.

-Rebecca J. Carlson

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  1. LOLOL!! This cracked me up! I'm with you, I want to be punished too!

    I think it's great that you went into the school and helped to inspire another generation of crazy people...um I mean writers. My biggest dream after I publish a book is to go to schools and talk about the world of writing! I like that you weren't afraid to do it now!

  2. That is too funny! Gotta love the things kiddos say. I enjoy your writing very much. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  3. That is so cute. At least the kid was listening. I guess we just wish sometimes that they wouldn't hear EVERYTHING we say.

    Good luck on chaning your published status soon.

  4. Kids are so cute! Good luck on your books! I hope you get published soon!:)

  5. LOLOLOL!!!! That's awesome! And how wonderful that you were able to talk to kids and do it for the school! I'm with Nikki, I can't wait to talk to the schools in my area. Jenni

  6. Rebecca!
    That is so exciting! I admire how you are putting yourself out there already!

  7. I'm going to have to disagree Rebecca. You have been published, and you have to keep those credits rolling! Stack 'em up!

  8. What a great idea. Way to go! I never thought to doing something like that, but next year for career day at my kids school, I may just follow your footsteps! You are sweet fabulousness! (not to mention brave!)



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