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I appreciate the quote “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” I’d like to credit the person who said it but alas, though I can find many people citing it, I don’t see it attributed to anyone other than “unknown.” It’s a good one, however, and I not only say it, I live by it.

Any of my colleagues will tell you that the act of writing is a solitary one. It can be evolutionary, reflective, demanding, passionate, heartbreaking. It takes years and mistakes and drafts and negative feedback and shamelessness to complete a manuscript. But that and even more –a determined commitment — to see it through publishing with the sad knowledge that no one may ever actually read your words. It demands backbone and resilience to weather the rejection, criticism and reviews, if you even get there.

Having experienced this journey, I can’t help but take this brief and tiny moment of joy in relaying that after more than a decade since beginning the process, Robin’s Blue was honored this week with two awards: “Finalist” in the category of Chick Lit in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards and as a “Finalist” in the 2014 International Book Awards in the category of “Fiction: Chick Lit/Women’s Lit.”

Though touting my wins may be annoying to some and sound as if I’m bragging about the achievement to others, I hope that serves as inspiration instead. It’s these rare acknowledgements that make an enduring commitment to creativity, art and the desire to say something feel like it hasn’t been a total waste. Love me, hate me — no one else is going to announce it for me.

Ellen Reid at the National Indie Excellence Awards said in her letter, “Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, we salute you and your fine work.” I will nestle her words close to my mountain of rejection letters.

So, thank you to the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards, the 2014 International Book Awards, the 2013 USA Best Book Awards and the Kindle Book Review Awards for your recognition for Robin’s Blue. Now I will return to my seclusion and continue to throw mud at my next attempt to say something.

 Pam Alster, former TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her novel debut Robin’s Blue available now in Kindle and Paperback. www.pamalster.com Find her on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter @plexigirl

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Inspired by the recent Hurricane Sandy news about the uncovered shipwreck on Fire Island, I began to ruminate. What if there’s treasure in the splintered remains? Surely there’s got to be some interesting artifacts.

This led me to fleshing out an idea. Maybe there’s a homeless-from-the-flood couple, sleeping on floors of friends or family. They’re badgered by their hosts, it’s evident their welcome has worn out and the tensions are high – for buried reasons — ha! Theme. They read the article about the ship on their smartphone. Disenfranchised by the unbearable situation and state of the clean-up effort, they scheme to venture toward the ruined, cordoned-off island to find the gold they’ve convinced themselves is out there.

I tell my husband how this is going to be a deeply personal relationship story, with the destruction and recuperation from the storm as the backdrop. The drama of the journey is the forward action juxtaposed against the constraints of the disaster clean-up effort.

“Good right?” I said to my husband.

“Yeah. And when they get there, the wreck is overtaken by zombies,” he said.

Not exactly the moving story I was pitching. But hey, what adventure isn’t improved by sprinkling in a few spooks?

Pam Alster, former TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her novel debut Robin’s Blue available now in Kindle and Paperback. www.pamalster.com Find her on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter @plexigirl.

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