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Innovating in Other Ways

I will modestly tell you that I recently won a Career Achievement Award for Innovative Historical Romance from Romantic Times last month. It was one of those really surprising moments–the sort of “I won? No way!” stunning shock, and the next moment where you either a) feel you must be really old to have a career that deserves recognition or b) that you actually have a career that someone could point out. Then you get to the real important part: gratitude and appreciation for being recognized by some of the nicest and kindest reviewers out there. I mean you, Kathe Robin!

Now after I got the email, I also received a phone call to ask me if I was coming to the RT Convention in Pittsburgh. And for about a wild half an hour I considered dropping everything and going. Then I did little travel searching online and realized it would cost me about $1823 to go. Yikes. Okay, then there was the second bit of shock. Sticker shock.

Really, truly, a woman of my “apparent career worthy” age can’t deal with too much shock in one day. But there it was. One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twenty Three Freakin’ Dollars. All to hear a luncheon room full of applause and get my statue. Not even I, in my apparent declining years or state of shock, could justify spending that much money to get a statue. I mean really, who could?

So I didn’t go. Because besides being Innovative, I am also practical and sensible. Darn it.

But then last night I was writing in the cafe at my local B&N and as I went to leave, I wandered by the magazine racks and there was the conference issue of Romantic Times, with the winner’s names all listed, including mine. So of course, for $4.99, I snapped it up. Besides, it had a picture of my statue inside, as you can see from the scan above. Now I tried to get the sales clerk to applaud as I opened the page up and showed it to her, but she looked more inclined to call security over than put her hands together for a local celebrity. If I’d had the real statue in hand she might have been impressed.

So being the “Innovative” sort of gal that I am, I decided to make my own. A scan, some scissors, a little self adhesive lamination later and voila, I have my very own Career Achievement statue. I paraded it around the house and was met with applause wherever I went. Now that was worth it. Thank goodness the hometown crowd always loves you.

But my poor humor aside, Thank You to the reviewers and staff of Romantic Times. It is truly an honor and I do appreciate very much your kind and generous recognition.

Oh, and one last photo. I call this the Big Girl Meets the Man of Her Dreams.

Rita, may I introduce you to Charles Achievement.

Why yes, he does have a very big star, how astute of you to notice.

No, no. Really, no need to thank me. Some applause will do nicely though.

And one other thing, Rita, don’t manhandle him too much, he’s a bit fragile. Rather like your pen that broke off years ago.

12 comments to “Innovating in Other Ways”

  1. Christina Arbini
      · May 22nd, 2008 at 7:19 am · Link

    Hey, congratulations, Elizabeth! What a great honor, and I must add…very well deserved! :-)

  2. Melissa Mc
      · May 22nd, 2008 at 1:36 pm · Link

    LMAO! I love it.

    P.S. Don’t tell Tom I commented. I haven’t reached my page goal yet, but needed a break ;)

  3. Kelli Estes
      · May 22nd, 2008 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Woohoo, Elizabeth! Congratulations!

  4. therese
      · May 22nd, 2008 at 8:16 pm · Link

    Clapping! Clapping! Clapping!
    Take another bow!!
    Wee Hee!

  5. Keira Soleore
      · May 22nd, 2008 at 8:37 pm · Link

    w00t! w00t! w00t! Congratulations, Elizabeth. Say what you will, it IS a tremendous achievement. (It matters what you do with it, not …)

  6. Helen
      · May 22nd, 2008 at 8:58 pm · Link

    I hope you can hear the appaulse from Australia well deserved Elizabeth and big congratulations. I love your sense of humour you sure made me feel better with all the laughing I did reading that post it is cold over here and I have the flu. Thank You

    Have Fun

  7. Elizabeth
      · May 23rd, 2008 at 8:17 am · Link

    Thanks all! I wasn’t going to post about it until I saw that statue, and then I was filled with statue envy. Dang! Too bad you have to go to the conference to pick up the award. But all your applause and cheers makes up for it!

  8. Shannon McKelden
      · May 23rd, 2008 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Nice going! Bummer about the statue. Can’t you offer to pay postage??? :-)

  9. Haven Rich
      · May 24th, 2008 at 2:41 am · Link

    CONGRATULATIONS!! *Applauding your greatness!*

    It’s a shame they won’t mail you the statue. That does have me wondering, if you don’t attend the RITA’s do they send you the ole’ gal?

    BTW, watch out, before you know it you’ll have little statues running around. Than again, that could be a good thing?!?!

  10. Elizabeth
      · May 24th, 2008 at 6:16 am · Link

    Yes, you get your RITA even if you don’t go/can’t go. So do all the other contests. I think RT is the only one who sort of holds you hostage if you want it–no go to the convention, no statue. Bummer, huh?

  11. Keira Soleore
      · May 24th, 2008 at 6:17 pm · Link

    OK. That’s just plain meanness. My view of the convention’s slipping a little further down.

  12. Cornélia
      · May 30th, 2008 at 12:18 pm · Link

    Congratulations but,
    what? $1823????????????? you go there in a private jet? lol


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