I had a moment the other day, and it made me wonder whether some of you might have similar moments. Someone asked me, quite innocently, how many books I’d written and published. I didn’t know offhand. I had to figure it out.

I started counting and was shocked to realize that FALLEN is my 35th title in print.


I counted again to make sure, but I’d gotten the right answer the first time. That’s not counting novellas for anthologies or books that I wrote that were never published (there are a few of those around.) This person was very impressed.

Actually, so was I!

And that made me realize that I take my own accomplishment as a writer for granted. I’m always looking at where I want to go and what I want to write next and what the next career hurdle might be. That’s all well and good, but sometimes you need to look back and see how far you’ve already come. It maybe gives a bit of perspective as to how far it is to the destination, whatever it might be. It might also mean that you’ve accomplished more than you realize.

So, today, I invite you to take a look at your life and name one accomplishment of yours that you tend to take for granted or overlook. There’s probably something pretty neat that you don’t think about much. Share it here, or just remind yourself of it. Your choice.

7 thoughts on “Accomplishment

  1. Wow, congrats on the wonderful amount of books.

    Now you have me thinking and it’s scary this early in the morning after a long night with the new kitten.

    Will have to ponder you question while I knit. 😉 Surely there is something I take for granted, that’s pretty neat but it’s escaping me.

    Can’t wait to start reading Fallen. It’s whispering at me to read it—Now!


  2. Wow, 35 books! Quite an accomplishment indeed.

    Like Kristen, I’ll have to think about it, though I guess my Master’s thesis does come to mind.

    Congrats on the great reviews for Fallen!! I’m adding it to my Christmas wishlist (my mum does Christmas shopping on


  3. Kristen –

    Knitting? I’ve got you knitting now?! I’ll add that to my list of accomplishments. What are you making?

    And Teresa, your Masters thesis certainly does count. That’s a lot of work, and an achievement that not many people can claim.


  4. Yes, I’ve started knitting. My Boy’s gf is showing me. It’s sloppy, it’s omg, fugly but it’s learning the stitch, the routine of do this, then that, then this, rinse, repeat.

    All that’s being made right now are little squares so I can get it together in my jumble of a mind.

    Still can’t think of something….. head meet desk. 😉


  5. I confess… or confuse… depending on which fingers I am typing with. I take for granted my incredible career as a student. I have now earned four masters degrees, two post masters and have about three more things I just have to learn before I can stop…I don’t want a PhD, that’s way too much work… I just wanna know more stuff.


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