Work or Luck … and Maybe Both

I woke up this morning and found the Minneapolis Star Tribune had posted a really great review of my book! I didn’t know anything about it. But I do remember being interviewed by the Star at the very beginning of AWP Minneapolis back in April. The woman who interviewed me asked why I was at AWP, what AWP meant to writers, what I was hoping to accomplish by attending. She noted down that I was an author and took my name. That’s the last I heard of it. I tried to buy a Star Tribune the next day, but never found a copy at the convention center.

It’s odd how you work so hard at some things and they don’t turn out. And then something else pops up without your knowledge and without you doing anything specific. Just living your life. Doing your work. Putting one foot in front of another. Being a writer is so much grunt work. Little jobs. Following up leads and trails and rabbits all over the place. It’s diligence and dues paid and hours put in. Day after day after day.

And then a day like this happens. Serendipitous. Lovely. It’s such a gift. A gift that says Keep Going, Look Up, You Never Know.

And I understand that it’s a mix. The work and the “luck.”

“I am a great believer in luck; I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

So here’s to happy unexpected gifts. To hard work. And to the luck of the draw.

Thank you Minneapolis Star Tribune! Thank you  for your fine words and for writing this review. Thank you. 

Jill Kandel
  • Jill Kandel
    Posted at 07:44h, 19 June Reply

    Mystery Solved! I tracked down Tricia Collopy and she was kind enough to reply to my questions, “Why did you happen to choose So Many Africas for a Star Tribune review?
    She answered, “The book was chosen by Star Tribune book editor Laurie Hertzel based on its connection to Minnesota and the 2014 Autumn House Nonfiction Prize it received.”
    It’s fun to follow the threads and see the connections. My thanks to Laurie Hertzel, book editor. And thanks also (again) to Autumn House Press.

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