So, Friday, June 21, 2013, I received my first-ever award for writing. I won first place in the essay division of the Chautauqua Creative Writing Festival in Wytheville, Virginia. Here is a picture of me with the guest speakers at the event, authors Mary Lin Brewer and Rosa Lee Jude. (They are co-authors for a new historical fiction book series entitled The Legends of Graham Mansion.) My sweet boyfriend Richard who came along took this picture for us. I’m shown with the certificate that was presented to me for my “meritorious writing abilities.” It really says that right there on the certificate.
Meritorious writing abilities.
But you know what’s even more awesome? Here’s the picture I really wanted to take while I was there, but was too chicken and decided to wait for a more tactful setting. Safe at home.
Oh yeah, baby. That’s a check. A real live check for my writing. MY WRITING. A check. Holy cow!
It’s such an awesome feeling to get a check for doing something that you just love to do for fun. I think back to the day I wrote the particular entry that won this contest, and I am blown away that that feeling of insecurity that overcame me at the time managed to lead to such an awesome thing. Isn’t that crazy?
There I was, sitting in the middle of an uncomfortable “woe is me” situation, and then fast forward a few months and I’m holding a check in my hand because of it. Interesting.
Kind of makes you think a little, doesn’t it?
Who’s to say that whatever crap you’re dealing with right now at this very moment isn’t going to lead to something as awesome as that? It’s worth considering, wouldn’t you say?
Hang in there. It all happens for a reason, my friends.
“Everything happens for a reason. That reason causes change. Sometimes the change hurts. Sometimes the change is hard. But in the end, it’s all for the best.”
– Rita Ghatourey
Links if you’re interested:
Entry that won the contest: https://missyspublicjunk.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/fully-dressed/
Info on the Legends of Graham Mansion as referenced above: http://www.legendsofgrahammansion.com/