The Way Ahead is Exciting

By Val
@valmnz (12574)
New Zealand
November 6, 2015 4:28pm CST
Thank you to all those who wished me well for my award ceremony yesterday. The event went exceptionally well, as you can imagine. I found myself amongst lots of amazing people, most of whose work I was already aware of. I felt humbled to be included amongst their midst as someone contributing to the preservation of local history. One thing struck me as fascinating during the morning. It seems I've made a shift in my life without realising it. Once I considered myself a creative writer and have written many short fictional stories and poems. I then dabbled in memoir writing for a while, my first book being a 1950s school memoir. Now I've moved into recording community stories and, it seems, the field of social history. Although I have no formal qualifications in this area, I am delighted that my work is being acknowledged by the local history community. A powerful way of understanding past society is through telling the stories of ordinary people. And that is what I am doing on my current journey. It's rewarding to know I'm contributing to the local work that will be available for others in the future. I'm extremely grateful to having been awarded enough money to edit and publish my book in a professional way, and for the support other more experienced writers have offered me. The way ahead is exciting.
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• Canada
7 Nov 15
I'm glad that it went well for you:), and congratulations again, that is really a very great accomplishment and I wish you well on it:)
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
Thank you.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Nov 15
I must have not gotten to the post telling me about this ceremony, anyways grats! I enjoy hearing about how the project is coming!
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
I think that was the post where you thought I'd received a grant for tea
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Nov 15
@valmnz hahaha, no wonder I didn't make the connection, I had fixated on tea, I do so like my tea!
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@celticeagle (113065)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Nov 15
Congrats. Great things going on. Happy days to you. Support and money. Wow!
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
6 Nov 15
What more could a girl ask for
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@celticeagle (113065)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Nov 15
@valmnz ...Really! Go girl!
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@softbabe44 (5963)
• Vancouver, Washington
7 Nov 15
It sounds like a very rewarding experience and will be that from time to come congraduations.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
Thank you. It's nice to be able to follow my dreams
@MALUSE (30260)
• Denmark
7 Nov 15
Do you feel under pressure now that you have to perform? That wouldn't be good.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
Not so much under pressure as an awareness I have a job to do. But, with the money comes a huge amount of support and guidance as well, which obviously makes the job easier. The enjoyment is definitely still here.
• United States
7 Nov 15
congrats 'n what a humblin' honor indeed! i'm glad'jer doin' this 'n the community showed their 'ppreciation's well. t'would be a shame to've all that history lost without yer efforts. big hugs!
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
It's certainly keeping me out of trouble
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@Teep11 (6361)
• United States
7 Nov 15
I'm glad all went well. That's wonderful. It seems you're on a terrific path. Keep up the good work.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
Thank you.
@allknowing (54688)
• India
7 Nov 15
So you are almost there. Hope to get the complete story.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
Still two more years in the making
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@jaboUK (49116)
• United Kingdom
7 Nov 15
That must be a good feeling Val, It's one thing to do something just for your own satisfaction, but for it to be recognised in this way is very special.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
The thing now is, I have to perform, no choice! I'm just taking a five minute coffee break here
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@xFiacre (10129)
• Ireland
7 Nov 15
Exciting times Val. Congratulations on the award - what an encouragement!
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
Thanks @xFiacre. I guess stepping up a level brings with it increased responsibility, which I'm trying to not find daunting.
@wetnosedogs (1576)
• United States
6 Nov 15
Congratulations. It sounds exciting to get into the history of people.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
6 Nov 15
It's amazing what things you uncover
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@just4him (85346)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Nov 15
Congratulations on the award. It does sound like you've taken a step ahead and turned a corner. I wish you much success.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
6 Nov 15
It's very exciting to have the support offered as well as the money!
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@jstory07 (56150)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Nov 15
That does sound like what you are doing is very exciting.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
6 Nov 15
I think so, but I'm sure not everyone would agree
@Rollo1 (16674)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
I am suitably impressed with your accomplishment and will wait with anticipation for the book to finally be finished and published. I know you are putting a lot of time and effort into it.
@dodoazo (8210)
• Philippines
7 Nov 15
It is not only exciting, but it is more promising for a person with a bright future awaiting. Congratulations!
@bluesa (10772)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
7 Nov 15
I am so sorry I missed out on wishing you well, Val. But I can say I am glad all went well. And that it is only right that your work is acknowledged, you are keeping memories alive, adding to future history, and that I think is wonderful.
@LadyDuck (113542)
• Switzerland
7 Nov 15
Val, this must be a wonderful feeling, you had the money you need to publish your book, you can now write something more professional that will be more than only a simple personal satisfaction.
@JudyEv (92077)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 15
As I get older I am more and more of the opinion that virtually everyone has an exceptional story. It is amazing what is hidden sometimes.