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News at 8

Monday, January 27, 2014

Promised news about how I got to be a published writer--that Holy Grail of any kid who has been bitten by the writing bug at the age of ten. It do take a while, folks. And I have SparkPeople to thank, for providing a nice, private place to blog away in peace. I got to indulge myself, for years inflicting tales (often having nothing to do with diet or exercise, sometimes having to do with cats and socks) on other people. They seemed to like what they read, but I felt like it could have been the "American Idol" effect. "But all my friends and family TOLD me I was great!"

Anyhow, a local editor wrote a column a couple of weeks ago, seeking people with an opinion on just about anything to participate in his roundtable. The first discussion would be about a specialty of mine: the construction industry. (Sherri or Scooter could have handled that one, but me??) I'd already fired several pieces over the local paper's transom, but this guy was brave enough to provide his email address, so I bit. I wrote that I didn't know a thing about his topic at hand, but had a few opinions, one of them having to do with local handymen and many having to do with local restaurants.

Lo and behold, he phoned me. I almost didn't pick it up because I didn't recognize the caller ID. For a while, this lovely southern gentleman newspaperman and I chatted about my renegade handyman, Rodney; I sent him the blog I'd written about our encounter with said Rodney; and he revealed that he was looking for someone to take over the paper's weekly restaurant column, "Side Dish." The girl who was writing it (whose writing I admire, no less) just "wasn't getting it," and they wanted STORIES about PEOPLE, nothing to do with food, service, prices, general review crap. This I took as a challenge, scampered out and interviewed a local chef we know, and sent it off as a writing sample. I thought it was brilliant, it brought Bill and me to tears every time we read it, but one never knows.

Before I knew it, newspaper editor calls me to come in for an interview. "We like your writing," he says. I'm thinking, "This man must be mistaken, but I'll drink this in while I can." He goes, "If we get the green light, we'll take your picture, give you a contract, and you'll be on the front page once a week, but you'll need to be able to meet deadline. Oh, and people will know you." Oh sweet Jesus God in Heaven and all the saints and apostles.

I took this rather seriously. To fend off the gods of bad luck, I quickly wrote another piece about a local dive bar, worked on interviews at three other joints, just to have more pieces "in the can," and agreed. I felt like Louisa May Alcott.

Such a strange turn of events. My first story, about Rodney, hit the paper this morning. And guess who was featured in today's police blotter?

Bill is locking all the doors and windows.
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REDHATSHAPELY1 2/7/2014 12:17PM

    Congratulations! It is fantastic that you are getting the chance to pursue your
dreams!
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NOTFATCAT 1/30/2014 7:19PM

    Congrats and best wishes. You do have a way with a word and I am not surprised you are starting this new chapter (pun) of your life.
Glad to know you are happy and healthy.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/30/2014 10:08AM

    Congratulations!! For some reason I thought you had already been published.

I had a laugh about Bill locking the doors and windows. I can relate to that. It's one of the reasons that I had been concerned in the past as I did tend to write about people I knew and was worried about my liability, whether legal or just having some friend or red-neck thump me. LOL. "The names have been changed to protect the innocent". LOL.

I think it would really be fun to do the restaurant writing. Of course, we have nowhere notable to eat here and I seldom eat out but it's interesting to me. We don't have that in our paper. I'm kind of intrigued by a newspaper that runs a column called Side Dish and doesn't want it about food, service, prices, reviews. LOL. This is a weird. Deadlines are not fun. It sounds like you are ahead of the game.

About the time that everyone else is retiring you are taking on a second job!! LOL. A true workaholic.

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68ANNE 1/29/2014 9:07PM

    Congrats and tell Bill to regularly check the windows and doors. . . .lol

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GEORGE815 1/29/2014 8:00PM

    Good luck.

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TINKERBELL200 1/28/2014 7:49PM

    I knew you could do it! I always love your blogs! Congrats to you! I will have to look it up on the internet! What newspaper is it? I am so...happy for you! You go girl. Just be yourself and you will be such a success. Congrats again!

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CHOCOHIPPO 1/28/2014 4:23PM

    How wonderful, Suzy! You're an amazing writer. I'm so happy for you.

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GABY1948 1/28/2014 1:31PM

    This is no surprise to me either, Suzy! It could NOT happen to a NICER person nor a better writer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/28/2014 8:34AM

    Oh what paper! I wanna read your story! Surely it's on the web site! I'm so excited for you!

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HIPPICHICK1 1/28/2014 7:46AM

    Yay! Awesome. You've got talent, kid!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/28/2014 7:09AM

    emoticon How wonderful is that! emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 1/28/2014 6:18AM

    Congratulations! Your unique take on events is always a wry, funny bit of the truth. You deserve this opportunity and I am very happy for you.
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JANEDOE12345 1/28/2014 6:18AM

    Congratulations! Your unique take on events is always a wry, funny bit of the truth. You deserve this opportunity and I am very happy for you.
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SUNSET09 1/28/2014 4:29AM

  emoticon and emoticon emoticon Not everyone grabs the opportunity to do something they emoticon and have a passion for! emoticon and I know, you're make them proud to have yuo! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/28/2014 3:10AM

    emoticon Suz, I've always enjoyed your blogs so it's no surprise to me that you have succeeded in your quest.
Perfect for you!! emoticon

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CARTOONB 1/27/2014 11:22PM

    Congratulations!! I like the way you write too.

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_LINDA 1/27/2014 9:53PM

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That is fantastic news! Enjoy!!

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JOYINKY 1/27/2014 9:14PM

    Congratulations! Seems to be very good timing and I know you will enjoy this. Not to mention it seems like a perfect retirement job! What next? Political office after everyone knows your name?? :)

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JANTHEBLONDE 1/27/2014 9:14PM

    I am so happy for you! That's exciting news! Way to go girl!
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GINIEMIE 1/27/2014 9:03PM

    Well you've found a new outlet for your skills. I hope you enjoy the writing, Bill is funny. It's too late to lock the doors, the horse is already out emoticon However, he may want to keep trouble out!
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BETHGILLIGAN 1/27/2014 9:01PM

    This is so wonderful!! And the end of this blog made me laugh out loud!!!! Good for you--you so deserve this. You have a great style and you REALLY are good! emoticon

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MNNICE 1/27/2014 8:58PM

    Uh-oh!!! The celebrity status will have its ups and downs. Congratulations!

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