Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Water Cooler Diaries

Over a year ago, I was contacted by a wonderful lady named Joni. She asked if I would be interested in contributing to her latest book. All I had to do was keep a diary on a specific day, write down everything I did, and everything I thought from the minute I awoke to the minute I went to sleep.

Joni was careful to point out that contributing a diary was not a guarantee of being included in the book. Still, it sounded fun- and a wonderful way to capture a moment in my life!

The day was March 27th, 2007. Coincidentally, this was the first partial day of VOICE 2007, an amazing week many of us will never forget. At that time, I had only been a full-time voice actor for 6 months. I was nervous to meet friends I had only previously known online, and I was excited to learn more about my new life's passion.

There was something in the air that day...something I knew I would remember forever. No, it wasn't the smell of the urine stained walls at the hotel...it was the excitement of hundreds of voice actors coming together for the first time. It was the knowledge that in the days to come, I would make friendships that would last a lifetime.

It was a long day, sitting in a hotel waiting for the conference to start.

I'm so thankful Joni gave me the excuse to write down those memories. It's funny to look back and see how far I've come in a year.

The unbelievable part for me is that my diary will now be printed for the world to read on March 1st, 2008! I was surprised to learn recently that I was one of 35 women to have their diary featured in the book, Water Cooler Diaries: Women Across America Share Their Day at Work. My diary will appear between an Intake Counselor, and a Government Worker :)

You can pre-order the book on Amazon.com, read a press release about the book, see a list of participants, and read a review from Publisher's Weekly!

My thanks to authors Joni B. Cole and B.K. Rakhra for giving me this opportunity, and a wonderful keepsake.

5 comments:

Liz de Nesnera said...

Kara!
Of ALL the days to keep a diary about!
That's wonderful news!!!
Congrats!

Kara Edwards said...

Liz-

I was allowed a 'sneak peak' at my edited diary (it went from 9 pages to about 2-3). If no more edits were made, I can assure you that your name will be mentioned! How's that for a tease?

Kara

HasTheVoice.com said...

That sounds like a great read Kara!
I always enjoy stopping by here for your insightful posts:)
By the way, you are ahead of me 68-52 in "career" blog posts...
I think you'll find this an interesting read too from someone I used to work with in radio: http://outofmygord.com/archive/2008/01/28/Jobs-Reading-is-Dead.aspx
Keep writing, reading and Voicing!
-Ralph

Brian said...

I'm so very excited and happy for you. This will indeed be a wonderful keepsake. Boy, 2007 was one creative year for you!

I could not be more pleased for you.

Blessings in 2008!

Brian in Charlotte

Kara Edwards said...

Ralph,

Thank you for your comments, and the link- I will be sure to check that out! I love writing this blog, I only wish there was time to write even more entries!

Brian,

Thank you for your comment, and your friendship :)

Kara