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Ten Years? A Lifetime #mfrwauthor

Ten years.... a decade. Depending on your age, it could be 10, 20, or even 30% of the life you've experienced. I come from a generation where a lady never reveals her age so I won't tell my percent But even still, 10 years is a long time.

I can't imagine what my life will be 10 years from now. Will I be alive? In reasonably good health? Still a caregiver? Will I even be able to type or write? Only the fates know the answer to that. As to what I'd like for the decade to include? I'd like to capture more of the books rattling around in my drawer or gathering dust in my head and get them on paper and published.

And I'd like to have a presenter nametag from a major convention stuck on the corkboard in my office.

There is a flip side to dreams -- reality. I don't expect to be a presenter at RWA or a major sci-fi conference. Or win a Rone, Rita, or any other award.

Where will you be in 10 years? Share in a comment and be sure to visit the other posts in the challenge.

~till next time, Helen

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  1. Ten years away doesn't seem like a long time, but it will go by in a blink. I hope you get your presenter badge sometime in the next decade!

  2. You might surprise yourself. I presented a workshop at RWA the first time due to a series of very weird circumstances I couldn't have predicted or even expected. That's the great thing about life--you really never know what's around the next corner. I hope all your dreams come true :)

  3. I particulary like the idea of having a presenters nametag stuck to the corkboard. I may borrow that one!

  4. Like you, I want to get more of the story ideas rattling around in my head onto the page in the next ten years. It seems like a lot of time, but the years seem to proceed at a blinding pace these days.

    Re presenting at a conference, talk to some writer friends abut proposing a panel at RWA or wherever. That's how I got to be a speaker at RWA 2008, as a lowly panelist. Start local at a chapter meeting or regional conference. Much easier to get in there.

  5. Health and happiness is all I really hope for in the next 10 years. This week's post was hard to think about. Too much is unknown for the future to be able to plan out that far.

  6. Being a presenter at a major conference is a great goal. I've often thought of it, but I'm always second-guessing myself. I might add it to my ten year plan, if I can get up the nerve to make a proposal!

  7. Yes, being a presenter is a good goal. I've presented at local conferences, though nothing big. I'm certain you will draw much more applause than I ever did!

  8. Health plays such an important part in goals we can achieve. Being a presenter is a fabulous goal- good luck at making that happen :)

  9. Good luck with your goal of one day being a presenter, Helen, and to getting your story ideas out into the world.


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