Today I got the best news I've received so far in my writing career: I won Grand Prize in University of Maine's The Binnacle International Ultra-Short Story Competition! More details here.
My faithful Chicken Scratch readers know I've struggled with my writing for the past several months. I'm trying to complete a grant application (deadline Friday) and my printer is giving me fits. Simply refuses to print anything and naturally, the application must be typewritten/printed. Then last night my mouse died. I felt like maybe all the obstacles piling up was a sign from the Universe that I just shouldn't be writing. Then today, I find out I've won a significant contest.
A dear writing associate of mine said it best:
You've had one helluva couple of months and I firmly believe that sometimes Karma, Luck, Mumbo-Jumbo the God of the Congo, or whatever higher power there is, whacks someone who does good work on the shoulder with good fortune when they really, really need it. In this case, your triumph is well-deserved on its own merits: you're an incredible writer.
But it couldn't have happened at a better time, could it?
Absolutely not. ~~Ginger