Every time I turn around, one of my friends amazes the heck out of me. I just said goodbye to two of college buddies who’ll forever be my friends. One of the works for Citigroup and the other works for Scholastic. Are there any bells and whistles sounding in your head yet? 🙂
With everything tha went on with Wall St., I recall them saying they were giving bonuses to keep their exceptional talent. My Citibank friend is one of the exceptionally talented. I graduated in four years with a bachelors degree. She graduated in those same four years with a masters. If that’s not talented, I don’t know what is. If Citigroup was smart, they’d screw the red tape and move her up the ladder now. Heck, they might not have gotten into trouble if they had listened to her.
Now don’t get your hopes up for my friend who works for Scholastic. She works in their non-fiction department. I’m trying to get her to move to fiction so she can backdoor me in. 😉 Yeah. Right. Anyway, she said the best way to sell books is book signings. Scholastic sells an unbelievable number of books when it comes to signings. That means authors getting their butts out there. While I love doing a book signing, I’m worried that nobody would show up, which is why I’d rather do a group signing that be left alone.
A third friend emailed me, and it was her email that sparked this blog. You see, she used to be one of my crit partners. She’s one of the most endearing writers I had ever met. It broke my heart when her husband died of COPD. Such a beautiful person just doesn’t deserve something like that. The one and only time I met him, he was such a wonderful man and it was easy to see why those two had fallen in love. Anyway, her writing has been on the crapper…until now.
Every once in a while she pops in my head and I write to see how she’s doing, which is what I did last week. Well, she has a literary agent for her non-fiction book about social networking and plans to stick with non-fiction seeing as she seems to have more luck with that than writing romance. More important, she sounds happy. Though she still misses her husband dearly, she’s trying to get on with her life by surrounding herself with family. Unfortunately, her family is in Colorado. I’m all for her doing what makes her happy because that’s what matters right now. Strangely enough, her finding her joy again embraced me more than the kick to the gut regarding her putting up the house for sale and moving back home across country. Man, I’m still going to miss her.
So there you have it. The thing I love most about each and every one of my friends is I see how their lives touch mine. It’s a beautiful, thing really. They do or say something that leaves me thinking how lucky I am to have known these people. The the coolest thing of all is they remind me that while I might be another face in the crowd, my actions and thoughts, just like theirs, might actually make a difference to someone. What a wonderful feeling. 🙂
Which of your friends have made a HUGE impression on you lately?
PS. The photos are my BFFs from college and for life. To protect the innocent, I won’t tell you who does what. Oh, and these are from two years ago at the Grand Canyon. Don’t worry. I still look this good, if not better.