First the fantastic news. One of my short stories is going to be in an anthology! During the Faulkner Festival, a Canadian editor approached my writing instructor (who, by the way, just won this year's Faulkner Award! Yay James Nolan!) and said that she wanted to do an anthology of New Orleans writers. She asked if he could send her some of his students' work. I wasn't surprised to hear this. The whole reason I took this workshop is because James constantly encourages his writers to submit their work so over the years his students have had many short stories, essays, and even a few novels published. He asked if he could have one of my short stories to add to the anothology! It's been rejected a few times, but he liked it. The super cool thing about it is that it's going to be printed in English and in French. I'll get to see my story in French, dude! When is this going to happen? I have no idea! Will it now all fall apart because I'm telling people about it? Probably! But James had a lot of good writers to choose from so I'm honored that he asked.
Secondly, I went to a good al-anon meeting last night. Afterwards, my sponsor and I went to get a bite to eat and we went over some questions about the second step. She asked me if I pray differently now than I did before, and I had to think about it. At first I didn't think so, but then I realized that something was very different in the way I pray now than before. I say thank you more often. I say it all the time, and I think it has a lot to do with the serene way I've been feeling (for the most part) lately.
I have to get back to book edits. The kids are in school and the day goes by too fast, man. I will blog again later about nothing in particular, but I just wanted to share the joy.