A to Z Challenge 2013

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blog Chain - Great Accomplishments

I'm severely late in posting this, but it's Blog Chain time and my awesome crit partner Michelle Hickman has asked this round's question:

This is the month in creating writing goals and big accomplishments.  What is your greatest accomplishment - in writing, your life, or perhaps something incidental that that had a big effect on you?

When I thought about this question, the first thing that comes to mind is being a father.  While I can't claim to be a genius or astoundingly rich (or even drop-dead handsome), the one thing I've done right in my life is raise my sons.  And now that I have an 18 year old, I find myself proud of both the young man he has become as well as the fact that I had a great deal to do with it.  Okay, my wonderful wife deserves a great deal of credit as well.  I do smile though, thinking over how great a job I've done.

In my writing life, I consider taking the step towards critique partners my greatest accomplishment.  It's a sign of my iron-clad commitment to learning the craft and becoming a talented writer.  That in itself is a decent enough accomlishment for me.  I haven't quit and that's a great thing.

I'm a father first and a writer second.  And I'm enjoying my successes in both.  If you haven't had a chance to read Michelle's post, go check it out.  And though I'm out of order, head over to PK's place to continue along the chain.

Before you go, what do you consider your greatest accomplishments?


Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I guess there's no greater accomplishment than creating another human being. Mine's still in progress, since he's only four.

Margie Gelbwasser said...

Being a parent is my greatest accomplishment as well. It's amazing how much THEY change YOU, isn't it?

Michelle H. said...

Definitely great in being a parent. I still have a long way to go with my daughter. Great post!

Michelle McLean said...

Being a parent and not quitting - HUGE accomplishments! :) awesome post :)

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Awww. I love your accomplishments and the order you put them in. Great response!

Cole Gibsen said...

Awesome answer, and I completely agree. :)

Katrina L. Lantz said...

I like to see a father mention parenting as the first big accomplishment on the list! You should be proud! That's awesome. And yeah, every step taken toward a commitment to your writing career is a big deal. Keep that great attitude.