Yesterday was a pretty cool day for me. For one, my brother and his wife moved up here from California and arrived yesterday. One minute I’m tapping away on my laptop, the next someone’s knocking at my door and lo and behold, it’s MY BROTHER AND HIS WIFE!
Nick and I haven’t lived in the same state for twelve years, so to actually be close enough to see each other often is a rare treat for us. We’ll see how long it takes before we’re bickering just like normal siblings.
While I was helping them unpack, I received a thrilling email: A very short story I wrote will be published in a literary journal next month!
Line Zero, the journal publishing my story, is an emerging print journal dedicated to the arts. The managing editor, Renda Dodge, is also the municipal liaison for Seattle’s NaNoWriMo, so I’ve known (of) her for a few years.
They sponsored a flash fiction contest with the prompt “Avarice,” giving applicants 300 words and 24 hours to come up with a story. I wrote one that I had a lot of fun with…And I won!
This is a big deal for me. I have a lot of respect for that journal, and I think it was a fun writing prompt (how can you not have fun with avarice?!) so you can imagine the happy dance I did when I found out I won.
I’ll share the story on my other website as soon as the journal comes out, along with links to purchase a copy of the journal if you’d like to read some other really fun stories and look at pretty pictures.
Winning a contest and getting to see my brother. I doubt I’ll be topping yesterday anytime soon!