Tuesday, May 18, 2010

True Confessions

By: Debbie Kaufman

This is actually my first attempt at a writer’s confessional story. You know the ones – where we bare all our dirty little secrets?

What’s my dirty little secret? Well, I used to be a contest slut, but I’ve abandoned that avocation and moved on to the big leagues.

Now, I’m an auction whore.

That’s right. An auction whore.

Every year in April the itch starts to build, and by May 1st I’m bidding like a woman possessed. I’ve bid on earrings of all types (my other little obsession), books galore, a ten day trip to Italy, baskets of kid’s soaps, lunches at RWA National, critiques from editors, agents, and authors, and, most recently a guitar that was used and autographed by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees fame. Okay, the last one was my husband who when I told him it had just been added to the list of items yelled out (with little decorum I might add), “Bid ON IT!”

Did I say that the opening bid was $300? I think I just went from back alley auction whore to high class auction escort.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m talking about Brenda Novak’s annual auction to raise money for diabetes research. It’s a huge extravaganza with offerings that literally fit the bill of “something for everyone.” Now, I admit the editor/agent offerings can get a little pricey at the end, but the author critiques can be a real bargain and come in every flavor from YA to erotic.

Another great bargain this year is Brenda’s Mentorship contest. This is my favorite offering this year and is an unparalleled opportunity for the lucky winner.

This year my obsession moved to a new level. I organized a category for my other blog sisters, The Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog (okay, so I’m a blog ho too!). We put our own donations into the mix in the Blog Bounty from Petit Fours and Hot Tamales Category. Say, I think we need a cutesy name for the Romance Magicians category next year! I'll organize it.

We were generously joined by agent Chelsea Gilmore of the Maria Carvainis Agency. Find her offer to critique your 50 pages with a ONE WEEK turn around under agent evaluations.

So, why am I so obsessed with this great cause? Well, I did say it was a confessional, right?

It’s because I’ve lived with diabetes for twenty-eight years now. Of that time, I’ve been on insulin for twenty-six years. I have tried to be aggressive about taking care of myself, but you’d be amazed at what it takes to mimic the function of those tiny little islet cells that God created to manufacture insulin.

Frankly, it takes a lot. I have worn an insulin pump for almost twenty-four years. I was quick to obtain a new continuous glucose sensor when they came out about three years ago. I am as close to the bionic diabetic as I can be. Despite all of this, managing this disease is a real, daily struggle. And, it’s one I will inevitably lose unless a cure is found. To date, I have had two laser eye procedures and I visit the retina specialist every three months.

The idea of becoming a blind writer is not appealing.

There are a lot of ugly diseases out there and a tremendous amount of good causes. Brenda Novak has made this one a no-brainer for you to participate in by offering so many wonderful items.

So, what are you waiting for? Get bidding. Uh, NOW! Oh, and if you are a first time bidder, please put my name in where it says how did you hear about the auction. I could use the extra bidding money at this point. :)


Okay, so tell. What's your dirty little secret?


JoAnn said...

A truly great cause! I'm headed over to bid. Thanks for posting!

JoAnn said...

P.S. Don't use the "www" when going to the Web site.

Debbie Kaufman said...

Thanks, JoAnn!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful first blog post!

My dirty little secret? My husband determined last week that I'm a workaholic.

Yeah, I'm working on it (pardon the pun).

Callie James said...

By the way, that was me. Google Account is acting weird.


Cyrano said...

Hmm, my dirty little secret?
I curse like a sailor and I think the movie Stepbrothers with Will Ferrel is f****** hilarious!
Sorry...you asked.
Hey and cheers to you for being such a great auction slut! You're doing a fabulous job with PFHT auction offerings.
Thanks Debbie! You're f****** GREAT!
Have a great day,

Debbie Kaufman said...

That's the problem, Callie. You can easily apply the workaholism to fixing the problem, LOL! Don't feel bad. My dear one didn't know the meaning of the word "recreation" until recently.

Sally Kilpatrick said...

Debbie, you are hilarious. What a wonderful post about an awesome cause. As for dirty little secrets, you're just going to have to wait until next week because I'm probably going to post about one of my few secrets next week on Petit Fours and Hot Tamales.

I don't have many dirty secrets because I'm the queen of TMI!

Debbie Kaufman said...

Tamara: We have enough soap on the auction to take care of that sailor mouth issue, LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

Debbie Kaufman said...

Sally, I'm marveling at your self-control not to spill all now! Guess I will have to wait. Oh, and anything you don't spill next week, Sandy and I will just ply you with alcohol at Nationals, LOL!

Mae Nunn said...

You had me at CONTEST SLUT!

Debbie Kaufman said...

You know me, Mae. Always trying to up my game!

Wedding Magician Hampshire - Roger Lapin said...

Really great cause - thanks for bringing it to my attention. Great blog by the way


Wedding Magician
Magicians in Surrey

Debbie Kaufman said...

Thanks, Roger.

Debbie Kaufman said...

I just got outbid on the guitar. Don't think I'm going to tell my husband. SSSHHHH! It will be our little secret.

Anonymous said...

Great blog, great confession, you truly have a knack for writing!! Great job, I still love you for your dirty confessions! Great cause for sure!! Great expression! My Dad took insulin shots 2 times a day for many years. I too try to take care of myself too. Thanks for sharing!!

Tami Brothers said...

Oh man! I'm still laughing.

I soooooo never saw this kind of language from you, Debbie...grin...

Or you either, Tamara! I’m learning all kinds of things about my PF&HT blog sisters.

Okay, my secret is that I can’t say no. Or maybe that isn’t such a secret because everyone keeps asking me to volunteer for things. I’m learning to do better. The sitting on the hands thing really works. Most of the time.

Anyhoo, love the post, Debbie. I have to admit that I really never thought that Diabetes was all that serious until you got us involved in Brenda Novak’s auction. I’ve heard about Diabetes all my life and a couple of my grandparents and an aunt or two have it. But seriously, we have become so immune to some of the things we hear about all the time that we don’t really realize how serious they still are. I will definitely be more aware of how deadly this (and other well known issues) really are.

Thanks for bringing me over here today, Debbie. I’ve read some other really great blog posts. I’m bookmarking this site as I type.

Tami Brothers
Petit Fours and Hot Tamales Blog

Debbie Kaufman said...

Tami, dear. You're right. It is the worst kept secret ever. I'm glad you are learning to say "no," but where would we be without you having organized the Petit Fours in the first place?

Anonymous said...

I couldn't have said it better. Great post. Glad you're my blog sister at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales.