Pat on the back. Job well done.
Is there anyone, anywhere who doesn’t like to be owner of the back being patted or the subject of those kind words? I read about people who proclaim I will do what I do and I don’t care what other people think. I’m not certain I believe them. I think we all enjoy that nod of approval validating us as people, as workers, as artists, whatever. Last night I had a good one.
I spent the last few days in Orlando, as my Feel Good Friday post mentioned, leading in to the weekend. Like a lot of people, I’m a feast or famine guy. I’m either doing nothing or I don’t have time to blow my nose. The Florida Education Association Conference was great. Fifteen hundred teachers and their supporters elected new officers, laid out an agenda for the foreseeable future and enjoyed each other’s company. I saw lots of old friends. Made a lot of new friends and even arranged some job opportunities.
I left the Convention Center in Orlando and drove to the Marriott Lake Mary Conference Center and continued like nothing changed. The big difference was the sponsoring group. I am a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and appreciate, very much, their commitment to writer’s helping and supporting other writer’s. I’ve done some volunteer work for them in the past and at one point, a couple years ago, they, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Education, funded a DVD I produced detailing a three day author visit to one of my favorite elementary schools, Lehigh Elementary, in Lehigh Acres, Florida. I really have a special relationship with them and I look forward to every visit.
The FWA sponsors an annual literary awards program called the Royal Palm Literary Awards, and since I had a new book released last year, I entered the competition. The process includes blind judging by literary professionals, so they have no idea who created the book or story they are judging. They award points based on defined criteria and the highest point earners win the highest awards.
My book, The King of Fish, earned first place in the published children’s picture book category. I always believed it was a story told well, and the illustrations by Patti Argoff, who I believe is a world class artist, absolutely bring my story to life. Although it is a writer’s competition, I know I owe a lot to her brilliance, too.
When one puts their heart and soul in to their work, even if it’s a children’s book, it feels very good to be recognized for excellence. I am so grateful to be able to do what I do and it is gratifying to get that pat on the back and hear the words “job well done”.