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?