Mail? For me?
The large package slid smoothly into my hand and I took in it’s size. Packages make me anxious. I don’t just jump to bills or fines, I go a step further and immediately think of a booklet detailing why I am about to be arrested, stripped of all rights and left to die on an island.
The post mark reveals the source and I break out in an uncontrollable grin. My anxiety vanishes and I swallow excitement instead of fear.
Today I received my copy of the magazine ‘Copy / Paste” by Voiceworks Magazine, in which my 100 word entry for the Travelling Story Australia was accepted. The final 100 words. The wrap up.
100 words published. It’s not a lot, is it? But it is a start and it is a cause to smile. I’m glad this happened even if it is a small accomplishment.
Thank you to magazines like Voiceworks who give us opportunities to enter competitions like this! And thank you thank you for sending me a copy!
I’m so jittery and floaty now that this has arrived that the elegant, funny, awesome prose I’d planned for this post on the small steps leading to publication that I can’t even muster a proper sentence. Forgive me, I get riled up in happiness easily.
Be still, stomach. We haven’t won a Nobel prize.
Of course, you can’t live on competitions forever!
After this, published novels.
I won’t give up until I see my name printed on the cover my book, sitting on the shelf at my favourite bookstore, with cover art and soft pages, fine print and a little price tag at the back that implies: you’ve made it.