A writing opportunity I never expected

I never dreamed anything like this would ever happen when I thought about trying my hand at writing. Perhaps if I had, I would have majored in journalism instead of biology. I always enjoyed the writing aspect of school but never thought of it as anything more than a way to pass an honors psych class by handing in a ten page essay on identical twins which I wrote the night before it was due. When I took the online fiction writing course two years ago, I thought it would be fun to write a young adult novel. After being urged by so many readers, I thought I might write my story. I never, ever imagined writing about baseball.

Thanks to social networking however, it’s looking like I’ll be doing just that. I don’t want to reveal too many details until I know more. You know me and cliffhangers here at the Roof. Let’s just say my world was turned on end this morning by an e-mail and I’ve spent the day learning about the site I’ll be writing for.

It all started when I wrote about how the Rays are so much more than a baseball team. Since my blog links to Twitter, my fellow Rays fans saw the post and one thought it was so good, she tried to get all the Rays players on Twitter to read it haha!

Fast forward to Wednesday, the same friend forwarded a tweet to me about a Rays blog looking for writers. I read the post and decided, why not? I thought of a quick essay idea and wrote it up. I rushed it. I had no idea how fast something like that should be submitted. Thanks to JayNoi and that fiction course, I knew how important it is to stick to the word limit. I really didn’t know what kind of writing they were looking for though, so the whole experience turned rather nervous making as I sent it in.

This morning as I began my morning internet ritual with my coffee, I received an e-mail back from the blog. It was like the scene in “Independence Day”, when Will Smith gets the letter from NASA and he can’t bear to read it as he hands it to his friend. I skipped past the e-mail until my caffeine levels were more therapeutic.

Needless to say, they’d like me to write for the site. I simply can’t believe it. I’ve been in a daze all day, reading through the welcome packets and what not that were e-mailed to me, luckily in accessible pdf format. I also lost an epic battle with a CAPTCHA and nearly pulled my hair out before getting sighted assistance from Erik over chat. Good times, ha!

It has been a whirlwind of emotions from complete jubilance at the opportunity to write about this team that means so much to me, to a complete lack of confidence in my sports writing skills. It’s one thing to write about the Rays on my own blog, in the style I like, as goofy as I want to be. Do I have what it takes to write for someone else? Can I manage the correct formatting when I can’t see it? Can I figure out a new blog site?

I decided to come here to write, in a place where I’m at home, to share this with those of you who’ve been with me awhile or even those of you who are new here and like what you read. As soon as my first post is published there, I’ll be sure to link it here.

Even though this is my own blog, I’m suddenly self conscious of what I’ve written, haha! That’s a first. I’m mentally spent and just need some good sleep, methinks.

I’m sorry it’s been so long between posts. Hopefully this blog won’t be neglected for long stretches as I move in to this new venture.

Can I even write about the Rays here now? I’m not sure haha!!! Wish me luck, ok?


Filed under baseball, CAPTCHA, coffeeholic, gratitude, twitter me this, writing

11 Responses to A writing opportunity I never expected

  1. Wow! cool!
    Good luck!

  2. Aww. That’s awesome. You’ll do great, I just know it!

  3. That is awesome!!! Congrats!! So excited for you!!!

  4. Congrats and good luck!

  5. Ro

    Thanks so much everyone! I’m not sure I’ve ever been this nervous about much of anything before, except maybe getting on stage. I’ve gotta push the doubts away haha!

  6. Don’t worry!
    You’ll do more than fine.
    For what i’ve read you’re an excellent writer.

  7. That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  8. Congrats on the new gig. I know you’ll do more than fine. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  9. Ro

    There’s a couple links to it on Twitter today. Also a commenting system like Echo now haha!

  10. Am… What’s echo?

  11. Ro

    Echo is a monstrosity of a commenting system which ate all of Steve’s comments. Comments from like a decade on his blog. Well, Echo didn’t eat them, but because Echo completely despises screen readers, Steve had to say by to Echo and when Echo left, all the comments went, too. We don’t like Echo.

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