Who would'a thought I'd ever say that about a Monday?
I have some super exciting updates- and it's not even April Fool's (which, by the way, that was the funniest thing I think I've ever done. Thank you for all the congratulations- and to those of you who thought me actually capable of that? *sniffs in contempt and turns away*)
Last week while working at the Dentist's office I met a woman who is an editor at Penguin Books. I actually didn't know that when I met her- but the dental assistant, Michael, told me she was later. He called her and had her talk to me because he'd been told I'm working (sort of) as a freelance editor. When she got on the phone with me, I cleared up that I'm more of a writer than an editor and had a couple of books ready to go and a lot of ideas in the pipeline. Anyway, she asked me to email her my plot summaries and she'd see what she could do as far as getting me in touch with someone who works in that genre (she works with the non-fiction stuff).
I carefully wrote my letter, sent it to a few friends for approval, and sent it on to her. Of course, it's not till after you send something that important that you notice the typos. D'oh!
Today, I heard back from her. She likes my plot lines and requested first chapters of both books to send on to a friend of hers. I can't believe it. I mean, I know better than to count my chickens just yet-- but still, It's pretty exciting!
Also, a few weeks ago I decided that I thought working at Ellis Island would be an absolute perfect fit for me. I love family history, I love helping people and I love historical monuments. I worked there on my mission as a volunteer for two summers and loved it. I worked in the American Family Immigration History Center. There, they help people find the records of ancestors who came to this country and were processed through the island. There was one day, my first summer there, when I was helping the sweetest little old lady. I swear she had to be about 179 years old. We were looking for her mother's records. We searched and searched and when we were just about to give up, we found her. And not only did we find her record, but we realized that it was exactly 90 years to the day that her mother had been on Ellis Island. We both just sat there and bawled. It was amazing.
Anyway, so I thought that I would love working there, and I know that the manager there liked me, so I sent her an email. When I didn't hear back from her, I gave her a call. She was on vacation for two weeks. So I let the time pass, and gave her some time to get back to work and get caught up, and then called again. This time I left a message.
Today she called me back. She remembers me (it's been seven years almost) and remembers that she liked me. We chatted a bit about my work history and she is interested in reviewing more about me. She asked me send her my resume and a cover letter and she will seriously consider me! I just can't believe it! I know I know... chickens.. hatching... be patient. But it would be so amazing. I would be scared to death to live in Jersey by myself (it's a whole n'other thing to be there as a missionary and not have to worry about bills and stuff), but I think I'm up to the challenge.
I'll keep you posted either way. If it's meant to be, it will happen. If not, then it won't. At this point, I can only sit back and see what life has in store for me.