Time goes by so quickly, it’s hard for me to believe it’s time to publish the next newsletter. During the last week of September we had a few cold days here in Alabama; since then it has warmed back up, but I fear what will happen with the next cold snap. Our loyal water exercise enthusiasts will desert us. In an attempt to entice them to continue attending classes I have written about clothing options to help exercisers stay warm when the temps get cool.
The Legacy YMCA’s policy indicates you are to wear a bathing suit when using the pool; however, it is OK to layer on extra items to stay warm while exercising. Check out the links in this months newsletter to web sites that sell chlorine resistant warm-ups.
PT Wyant posted the bike photo on her blog ‘Novel Notes’ Wednesday with a challenge to write a story about the bike. I commented that “I’m sure there is a story in that bike, but I don’t think I’m the one to write it.”, but the photo kept haunting me. As I was nodding off last night some ideas came to me in the form of a poem. I didn’t get up and write it down. Above is my attempt to capture that late night poem. I love the photo, if asked about it I’d describe it as melancholy (a word I seldom use), but upon reflection I feel the story behind the photo is that of happy times, therefore “laughter filled memories remain”. What do you think?
I recently saw a job posting for a “Story Wrangler”. I love that position title, it sounds so rugged. The posting indicates applicants need to send a short e-mail indicating why they feel they are the best person in the world for the job. I am very interested in this job, but know I will have a terrible time writing a “short e-mail”, so I decided to write a long blog post on why I would be a good story wrangler and then do my best to whittle the post down into a short e-mail. Wish me luck!
Why I would be a good story wrangler:
I’ve loved reading all my life – for as long as I can remember, I went to the library once a week. I believed I was an extremely lucky kid because we had a library just a few blocks from our home, so I didn’t have to ask anyone to drive me there. When I was really young my mom took me to the library, when I got older and was attending middle school, I walked by the library every day on my way to and from school. I often stopped in on my way home to return books I was finished with and check out new ones.
Recently I discovered the joy of blogging; not only do I enjoy writing about my life, but I take great comfort in reading other people’s stories and experiencing the digital human connection. I also take great pleasure in “sharing” my favorite blog posts either with my Facebook friends or my LinkedIn connections. At a job interview I was asked, “What would be your dream job?” My answer should have been “Story Wrangler” because reading and sharing what I’ve read with others would be the best job in the world.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must say I’m not comfortable boasting about myself, but since no-one else can speak for me I will step outside my comfort zone and list the important “soft-skills” that will not be found in my writing or my resume that make me the best person in the world for the Story Wrangler job:
Passionate about my projects, my team and my company – I’m not interested in climbing a corporate ladder or getting ahead at the expense of my co-workers. I care about my team and our mission and I do everything I can so we all succeed.
I play well with others – when things go wrong I don’t point fingers or play the blame game. I do what I can to resolve the situation and once that is complete I assist in putting guidelines in place so the situation won’t be repeated. I believe “fire prevention” is just as important as “fire extinguishing”.
Committed – I’m always available to support colleagues even outside my work group.
I am responsive to inquires – I answer phone messages, instant chats and e-mails on a timely basis. If I don’t have the answers when I’m asked, I indicate that and let the inquirer know when I will get back to them with a follow-up response. If the inquiry is outside my field of expertise I let the person know who the proper contact is.
Detail oriented – when given a project I try to understand the goal from the customer and the business standpoint and list the requirements necessary to meet the goal. As the project progresses I use those requirements to stay on track.
Passion for learning – as a “life-long learner” I’m either learning new things through my professional career or my hobbies. I pick up new skills quickly and take pride in doing things well.
Self-motivated – I have good time and project management skills and take pride in meeting deadlines.
I adapt well to a change in priorities or in project scope.
I have a strong background in procedural writing as well as experience in creative writing.
In closing let me repeat I’m passionate about good web content as well as design and I love to share my finds with others; this passion would make me an excellent Story Wrangler.
Yep that’s right, I’m going to be a published author. I just spoke with my editor, Sheryl Roush and I’m so excited I can hardly sit still.
In March I saw a post on LinkedIn calling for original stories or poems by women about life in the military. I wrote an essay, My Recruiter was Right and spent a couple weeks editing it until it was short enough to submit.
Months went by and I did not hear anything regarding my submission. I checked on-line and saw they were still accepting submissions, so I figured they either had not received enough to go to print or, they had not received enough GOOD stories to go to print. I was WRONG. They received hundreds of stories and poem and read them over and over trying to find the ones with the right amount of “Heart” for the book.
On October 18 I received an e-mail from Sheryl indicating that she and Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez were editing the final manuscript, needed a few more submissions from Coast Guide contributors and would be notifying the chosen authors soon. A week later, I got the word that my essay would be included in the book.
Today I called Sheryl to order a couple copies, I want to see what other people wrote and want to give some out as Christmas gifts. I called Sheryl and told her who I was, she paused for a minute and said, there’s a name missing. I laughed and said yes, I used my maiden name as my middle name when I sent in the article, she knows me as Julia Borchardt Rasmussen. She immediately knew which story was mine, that is made it through five cuts to be in the final edition, and told me how much she enjoyed it. Turns out her folks met in the military too. Mom was Rosie the Riveter and Dad was in the Army Corp of Engineers. Small World.
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