Saturday, May 29, 2010

Has It Really Been A Year?

by Sophie

Our Anniversary!

I think this is one of those weeks when my fellow Pens are going to be gnashing their sharp pointy teeth 'cause I get to go first - a week when much of what we have to say on the topic is shared among us, and it's tough to be original. Here's a top five list of the things I think we all agree on when it comes to being Pens together:

1. Blogger has a mind of its own.
From the moment I composed my first tentative post and then thought it disappeared in Preview mode (in a hotel room a year ago with Lisa and Martha distracting me) (oh, okay, i might have been distracting them) to the other day when I wrote the longest comment ever and Blogger ate it without so much as a burp, I sometimes can't tell if it is friend or foe. But we have the best beast-tamer ever, our lovely web designer Maddee, who always makes it do what we want.

2. We're all good at something. (And nobody's good at everything.)
There have been days when I've despaired of ever being as edgy as Martha. As artistic as Gigi. As deep as Adrienne. I've coveted Lisa's wit, LGC's prose, Rachael's sweetness, and Julie's powers of observation...and despaired of ever being able to write my way out of a brown paper bag. And then the words jump out of my brain and onto the keyboard and I remember it's okay just to be me.

3. Between us, it's more like three degrees of separation than six to every interesting and lovely person in publishing.
For years I've relied on Lisa and LGC to be my walkin' talkin' Who's Who in publishing. Now I have even more resources. I was going through my BEA schedule before my trip last week and noticed a particular up-and-coming author I wanted to meet. I emailed and sure enough, in seconds on of the Pens said that of course she'd introduce us, that they regularly get mani-pedis together and invited me to the their craaaaaazy labor day Bachanalia at the Hamptons timeshare (oops, okay, I might have made that last part up.) (plus I don't know how to spell Baccannalia.)

4. A comfort zone isn't nearly as hard to put in the rear-view mirror when you have seven people always available to cheer you on.
Publishing ain't for the faint of heart. It beats you up like monster waves crashing against rocky shores, and it can be wayyy too tempting to stand back in the safety of the sand instead of jumping in. Besides, you know what's one thousand times more f'ing scary than failure? Success. Some days I want to chew strips of flesh from my arms and pull out my own hair (just like the Beaters in the book I'm working on) - instead I occasionally check in with a quick "uh, should I try?" and the answer is always a deafening HELL YEAH.

5. The Publishing industry is a much nicer place to be when you are there with friends.

16 comments:

Lesa said...

Congratulations, Ladies! It's not easy getting to one year. And, yes, Sophie, you have the BEST web designer.

Lesa - www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com

Martha Flynn said...

This snuck up on me! One year!!!! I'm not one for mush, for *cyberhugz* You've been our fearless leader through it all! (You did know you were the leader, right?)

L.G.C. Smith said...

As I sit here thinking I'm going to write a comment, I keep getting distracted by how much I appreciate all the Pens. Sophie, you made us. You shepherd us along. You inspire us. You've more than earned the right to say all the best things about our first year. :)

Sophie Littlefield said...

BLUSH!! I am so not a leader. I just wrote this character Smoke who is like me, skulking around the edges, watching everything lovely going on in the center of the stage. I'm just glad to be a member!

And Lesa, what an honor to have you be our first commenter of year #2. Maybe we can make it an annual tradition :)

Adrienne Miller said...

Hate to tell you Sophie, but you are indeed our fearless leader. Sorry we didn't get around to sending you the memo. And we love you.

Rachael Herron said...

Awwww. Verklempt. xoxoxo

Brad Parks said...

Congratulations, ladies! On behalf of all the guest bloggers who have mooched off your coolness for a day, thanks for letting me come along for the ride.

Juliet Blackwell said...

Um, yeah, what everybody else said ;-) This is a great group, and we all KNOW who the real leader is...skulking around the edges? I don't THINK so ;-)

Mario said...

Happy birthday, Pens Fatales. Number one of my bookmarks.

Lisa Hughey said...

When I realized we were coming up on one year I got a little teary. If you don't want to be the leader (but of course you are) then think of yourself as the glue. :) but maybe not plain old Elmers but one of those newer sparkly kinds with the glitter. xo

Pop Culture Nerd said...

Happy birthday, Pens! You don't look a day over 10 months.

Sophie, being 9 feet tall, you couldn't skulk around the edges even if you wanted to.

Juliet Blackwell said...

Ooooo, Sophie as Glitter Glue! I love it!

Sophie Littlefield said...

I love you guys. :) Just think how much fun we are going to have this coming year! And remember what I said in January? This is going to be a big year, I just feel it. Some very exciting things are going to happen for some very awesome Pens.

PS I love our guests. Our guests could kick all the other blogs' guests' asses all over town.

Daisy said...

Happy Birthday, Pens! Hope you got yourselves something nice.

Marlyn said...

I love you all!

maddee james said...

Hi guys,
I'm late to this party-- sorry! Thank you Sophie (and sweet Lesa) for your kudos. I love working with you all and not only that, I'm honored to do so. You're all amazing.
me, maddee