Thursday, March 5, 2009

the news

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I had some good news to share. That I took a small step towards a dream of mine. And that news is this: I am writing a two part feature article that will run in the Toronto Star (a key daily paper here) later this month! My very first real freelance work...and I am over the moon. Writing has become such an important part of my life and my dream is to be able to earn a living doing it one day....I see this as a tiny step in the right direction. And my story, of course, is about Sophie and I.



This was the opening of my proposal that I submitted to the newspaper:

Sometimes, while walking on the path you’ve planned for yourself in this world, something knocks you down. Knocks you down hard and you don’t know how you will ever get back up. Sometimes you do get up, brush yourself off and find your way back onto your path. And sometimes…you follow a dog instead and find true joy.

I look forward to sharing the story with you when it runs. :)

P.S. Check out the three new dogs featured on The Charlie Project site.

37 comments:

The Write Girl said...

Oh my gosh Andrea that is wonderful! I am so happy for you. The opening line to your column is fabulous. I see why they were drawn to your work. This may be the beginning of something new and you are well on your way. Congratulations. I hope your article is also published on the web as I am not in Toronto.
Best of luck and take care : )

Barry said...

Congratulations!

I'm really proud of the Star for choosing your article, shows uncommon sense on their part! Lets hope this the the opening of the door onto a wider career for you.

Please let me know when its going to run so I can by the paper. This is one edition I don't want to miss!

Barry said...

Of course that should be "buy" the paper, not "by" the paper. This isn't something I want to pass "by".

SassyDog said...

I wouldn't expect you to write about anyone else! Best of luck!!

laurie said...

wow! this is excellent! when will it run? good job!

Maggie May said...

wonderful news!! i'm so very happy for you. good gumption!

Mildred said...

What a tremendous opportunity for you and Sophie! Congrats!

Hilary said...

Oh excellent! I'm so happy for you. Please let us know when it goes to print.

gigi said...

WOW, that is awesome, Andrea! Congratulations on that little step towards your dream. I just know that you are thrilled to be writing about your favorite subject too. May many more wonderful blessings keep flowing your way!

Kathy said...

This is great news and you are so deserving of this opportunity. I am looking forward to reading the finished product. Congratulations.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Wonderful!! I hope you will provide us with a link or reprint the entire column here so we can read it! How exciting for you..way to go gal! :)

Robynn's Ravings said...

OH!!! I'm SOOO excited for you! I even know that paper. I read a few copies while in Toronto on business! Can't wait to read it. Nothing feels so good as being paid to write. I mean, I guess....it hasn't happened to me yet but you inspire me!!

a corgi said...

how exciting! congrats! I look forward to reading the whole article when it gets published! I can see why they would have welcomed your article; you do have a good writing style; always a pleasure to read your words

betty

Tom and Tama-Chan said...

That's wonderful! We're looking forward to reading thearticle!

Tatersmama said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. I'm happy, but not in the least surprised !!

*big hugs*

Katherine Aucoin said...

Congratulation Andrea that is such good and exciting news! I wish the best for you. I look forward to reading both parts of your article.

dw said...

Wow, Congratulations!
I'm looking forward to reading your article.

Shirley said...

Wonderful! and congratulations. Please provide us with the online link when it's published; and I sure hope they allow you to use some of your photos of Sophie; she's so very photogenic.

Natashya said...

Congratulations Andrea! I am so happy for you (both!).

Joanne said...

Congratulations Andrea, what great news! Your passion for Sophie shines through in your writing, illuminating the words with such insight. Have a blast writing the article, can't wait to see it!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Congrats Andrea, make sure that you feature this story in your blog. We would all love to read it.

Jen

Stacey's Treasures said...

I am so Excited for you!
I would love to do that, but think I need to brush up on my writing skills.

septembermom said...

How exciting for you! Congratulations! I'm sure it will be a great story : )

Carolina said...

That is great! Congratulations! On to new things. Who knows where this will lead. Cuddles for Sophie!

T said...

I am so happy for you. This is excellent news.
Congratulations!

Fenway said...

We are simply ENCHANTED with the Charlie Project. Congrats on you getting your first writing assignment. You most certainly will provide the readers with something worth pondering. Please let us all know when it's published.

Yes, these BC's are genetically wired to reach deep into our souls and establish a connection.

Thanks for stopping by our blog...we are now following yours.

Pam said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful!

Raising Addie said...

Congratulations!!!

How very exciting!

We can't wait to read the article! We just know that everyone will love it and that you will have more offers!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie and Lucie

Jan said...

Congratulations. I remember how happy I was when I had articles published in my college newspaper. I am very happy for you. This is just the beginning for you.

Jan said...

I agree with Far Side. I want a link so I can read it too.

Oz Girl said...

Andrea, my heartfelt congrats, this is such wonderful news! Your writing is over the moon, and I just know you will write an article that will be the beginning of more doors being opened for you and many more writing offers. Like the others, I hope to see the article here, or at least a link. Good luck!!!

Neil Bytes said...

Congratulations!

Good Luck.

Emma Rose said...

Andrea,
How exciting for you (and for all of us!) You have such a wonderful way with words I know you will be a huge success. Congrats!!!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

That is great news, congratulations!

I love that first shot!

DogzRock! said...

congratulations Andrea that's amazing!!!
I love you blog and dog!!!
Thanks for dropping by my blog it was a great honor.
Thanks
Travis The Dog
P.S I am following you blog!!!

Bruce said...

Hey Sophie...way to be an inspiration!! Good dog:)
Congratulations Andrea...we're all very happy for you!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Before you know it...you'll be on the best seller list!
Can't wait to read the article.