Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Woman is Brilliant

And that would be MEL on her recent blog post about overweight women. Check it out, and be sure to follow the link to her dressing down of the boys who moo'ed.

There are many brilliant women in my life; I'm lucky that way. At my office, I'm surrounded by smart chicks. There's Pamela Harty, my sister and lifelong best friend (and fellow agent, of course.) She's not a blogger because that's not her cup of tea. I'm the writer in the family. But she loves books, loves agenting, and never ceases to amaze me with her keen observations. Plus, as I said at RWA a few years ago: "She's the better bitch." And in this business, that's a pretty important trait on the business acumen hierarchy.

I'm also fortunate enough to have the triumverate of twenty, i.e. the three Generation Y ladies who work in my office alongside me. It's incredibly energizing to work with women who bring fresh perspective. They make the business feel new to me again.

Then there's my wonderful Nephele. Talk about smart. She had a better handle on some of these agenting nuances after three months than I did after more than a year. Plus she's more well read than I am. :)

My daughters, of course, are the most brilliant people in my life. A couple of gems:

Tyler (seven) while we were watching the New Orleans coverage on the news. I told her, "Tyler, you should watch this. This is history." She said:
"I thought it was happening now."

Riley, while doing "this little piggy" on my toes: "this little piggy went to market...and this little piggy had Arby's..."

Yes, brilliant women. I know that I'm blessed.
hugs to all my wonderful women out there!


Julie Ramsey said...

I feel so privileged to be surrounded by brilliant women...that includes YOU Deidre! Seriously, how many people can say that they enjoy and are inspired by all those they work with (clients and coworkers, and even bosses!)

Speaking of brilliant women, I have to give the same shout out to my loving mom, sister, and grandma. There isn't a better descriptor for you!

What a wonderful way to start a Tuesday! Thanks again Deidre for the acknowledgment and outstanding support. You are brilliant!

Jana Armstrong said...

What a great notion to start the morning, Deidre! Thank you!!

And as all of my brillant family women have passed on, I'll give thanks for my mother-in-law with whom I can share books!

pamela harty said...

Thank you, Deidre. You just made my morning. There are so many brilliant women out there and you certainly top my list. And those Gen Y ladies at TKA are the best. Hats off to you all!

Of course, I have several clients that have set the bar for me as far as brilliance goes. I am thankful for them all, and they do keep me on my toes.

The Girl You Used to Know said...

Deidre--I can't even begin to express how touched I am. You made my day, without a doubt.

I'm extremely blessed to be surrounded by a swarm of great friends and my supportive mother and mother-in-law. And I'm lucky to have found a friend in you and Pamela. :)

Your blog was better than coffee this morning. And that says A LOT!

Renee Luke said...

Deidre, sweetie, have you looked in the mirror?

Jaci Burton said...

What a fabulous blog, Deidre! And you're right about the strong women who surround us.

But like Renee said. Look in the mirror. You are dynamite!

And a special shout out to my mom and mother in law, two of the depression era generation who have showed me what stoic strength is all about.

Deidre Knight said...

aw, thanks gang! I should hasten to add that this list of inspiring women in my life isn't remotely complete. It was just meant as a little tribute to some of the strong and smart ladies in my life.

Happy holidays to all you brilliant ones!

Ellen said...

Nice post, Deidre. I think it's great that you're so close to your sister. I lost my lovely and brilliant sister ten years ago and still miss her every day. My daughters are both named after her... and I think they're going to grow into lovely, brilliant women, too:-).

Unknown said...

Beautiful post, Deidre. I wish I could work with my two brilliant sisters!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post, Deidre :)

Nephele Tempest said...

Hey! No one told me today was designated mutual appreciation day! And me without my pom-poms...

I'd just like to add that we have lots of brilliant writers and writers-in-the-making in our lives, too. ;-) Big hugs to everyone.