A couple of weeks ago I sent a small piece into my local newspaper in response to a call for stories about random acts of kindness. This summer in London, I experienced a monumental act of kindness which I documented in A Brilliant Stroke of Luck and I thought this story might fit what the editors wanted. I did some editing to meet the the 200 word requirement and sent it in, never once thinking it might actually get printed. I held onto that belief until I checked my blog comments on Thanksgiving evening and found out that I was in fact published! For the first time ever, my work and my pen name are in print!!
The editorial page may be small apples, but to me its a small step where I found a bit of success as a writer. After all, little victories sometimes lead to bigger victories, right? As I put the finishing touches on my query letter and continue the arduous task of writing a synopsis, this is certainly a nice little boost right when I need one.
It appeared in both the print edition and online! When I got the news, my husband and step-dad were out doing some early Black Friday shopping and they were nice enough to stop at a store and pick up a newspaper. A couple of friends saved some copies as well, which means I can do some fun things with my first publication (i.e. keep a whole copy, frame one, paste one into one of my spirals for inspiration, etc).
Special thanks to my writer’s group for giving me the heads up on two fronts. I am so grateful to Cindi of Loving Arizona Living for bringing it to my attention that the newspaper was looking for stories and to Susanne of That’s Not My Table for letting me know it was published. Thank you!
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Note: My tiny break is officially over. New posts will start appearing as they did before with three or four a week. Thanks for your patience!