January 15, 2013
Fingers flying, Judy, our Admin Assistant, processes renewals and new memberships with one hand as she answers email questions about The Word Guild with the other.
The Word Awards
January 15 was the deadline for entering 2012 published works. Mary Ann, our awards administrator, is juggling books and articles, forms and letters, and our talented judges, in between answering the doorbell as book entries are delivered by her new friends at UPS, FedEx and Purolator.
Sponsorships and Gala
Past and potential sponsors are being contacted. Gala plans are well underway. Trish, our sponsorship and gala administrator, is making lists and phone calls and plans and looking forward to another exciting Gala.
The faculty is lining up, confirmations are coming in. Jayne, our Write! Canada Director has visions of classes and Write! Canada teams and faculty and websites dancing in her head.
The Members Only Facebook Group is atwitter with member news and opportunities and advice. Our public Facebook page
's over 1570 "likers" learn and comment about what's happening at The Word Guild and enjoy writerly quotes and stories and other writing-related items of interest. Stephanie is putting a lot of miles on her fingers as she keeps it all going.
Streamlining and updates and changes and… Hmm, let's put it like this – have you ever written something and you work on it and edit it and keep adding and improving? Well, the website is like that. Have a look. Let us know what you think.
In the very wee hours of Thursday, January 24th, I will drive to an airport so I can get on a plane bound for Canada west! I'm very excited that The Word Guild will finally have a booth at Canada's largest Christian leadership conference, Break Forth. It takes place from January 25 – 27 in excellent Edmonton. We have the opportunity to tell this new audience about The Word Guild, about changing the world with words, and about our fantastic writers.
Les and N.J. Lindquist, and myself, will be teaching electives. N.J. will also teach an intensive class on Friday.
I will be teaching two electives, one on journaling, and the other is a writing panel discussing the writing life. Panellists include Deb Elkink, Marcia Lee Laycock, N.J. Lindquist, and Andrew Kooman the playwright – you may have heard about the 2012 cross-country tour of his play "She Has a Name."
Next stop will be beautiful BC where speaking and meeting will be the name of the game for the week. Special thanks to Beverley Boissery for planning and organizing on behalf of The Word Guild.
And so I spin and twirl to keep up with the whirl of every day responsibilities and the added opportunities that come our way. It's a happy dance as I remember that The Word Guild is God's. He has given us our writing gifts – the gift of words. Words that can excite and incite, provoke and pacify. Words that can indeed lead to change – in a person, a community, our country and, yes, even the world. Words that can be instruments to influence change – change for God's glory and His purpose.
Indeed, a humbling truth, that God can use you and me to do His work wherever we are.
We're all in this together…with Him.
© 2013 Denise Budd Rumble