So the past few weeks, I've been asking myself one question: "What in the world have you done?" Why? Because I went back to work after five years at home raising children and writing. And while they told me it would probably be 10 hours a week, it has turned into more like 15 inching up toward 20. And my writing has suffered. Much. I'm hoping after my initial orientation period it will settle down, but I suffered some major stress last week trying to juggle it all.
Then two days ago, I got two much needed "shots in the arm." I won Corey Schwartz's blog contest and will receive a bug caricature of myself from artist Neil Numberman. How cool is that? Here's my rendition:
Then, after many, many weeks, I got a follow-up letter on a submission. Now, it was a rejection, but it was a personal letter. EEEEE! A really nice editor took the time to write me a long reply to my submission and pointed out where it needed some tweaking. Sure, it was a smidge disappointing, but mostly it was the little pat on the back I needed to help me feel that I am getting closer, even when it seems that I am as far from my hopes and goals as possible. I'll consider it my Christmas writer's gift!
May you get a gift of positive feedback, or even better, a full-blown acceptance letter this Christmas!