A Leap of Faith

I am a logical-sequential kind of person. I tend to look at a situation and weigh the pros and cons, and take my time before I make a decision. But I recently took a leap of faith and did something based on a gut feeling. It’s a little scary, but I’m okay with it.


I have been making a list of writing conferences to attend this year, partly to plan my year and partly to apply for an artist grant. I spent hours looking at websites I bookmarked, researching workshops, venues and costs. I tweeted an agent I admire, Nicole Resciniti, to ask which conferences she planned to attend, to see if any were on my list.


When she replied, she listed two conferences. I hadn’t heard of either of them, so I Googled them to check them out. The WisRWA conference was intriguing, and something inside me told me I should go. So I signed up. Right then. No list or pros and cons, no setting it aside to think it over. I just did it.


I can only think of two other times I did something so impulsive. One was saying yes to my husband’s proposal. The other was entering a Savvy Authors blurb contest, which led to a contract with Prism Book Group. Those cases certainly turned out well. I can’t predict where this decision will lead. Maybe it won’t be as life-changing this time. But I’ve learned to trust my gut and take a leap of faith now and then. I’m curious, and a little excited, to see what will happen next.


(illustration courtesy WisRWA)

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.


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