Work today was a grueling pain in the ass. I work HVAC in Dallas and temperatures today got up to 105. Pretty sure I came close to having a heat stroke, but then again, that’s almost every day.
After the 9-hour shift was done, I said bye to my boss, got in my car, and began driving to home sweet home. I put my headphones in, enjoyed some music, and watched the sunset as I drove. Then a notification on my phone cut off my tunes and interrupted my trance. Who the hell? How dare they. Don’t they know I’m in that I-barely-survived-today state and am teetering on the edge of homicidal maniac?
I checked my phone. It was an email. I read the first few sentences from the preview the phone shows on the lock screen: We would like to congratulate you on having your writing accepted…
“What the fuck.” I immediately call no other than… Mom. Tell her I’m being published. She’s hysterical. As am I. I’m still hysterical.
So, back in March, I received an email through my blog from someone at Z House Publishing; they requested I submit a short story to them. I lost it. After two weeks I submitted three.
Then I waited. Days, weeks, and eventually months went by, and I hadn’t heard anything back. I accepted defeat yet again and continued on my journey toward publication elsewhere.
Literally, my one dream, the one constant thing on my mind for the past five years, has been getting published. And it’s finally happening. Publishers, editors read my writing, and not only decided they liked it but decided they’d like to publish it. After years of rejection letters, this is literally one of the best days of my life. With enough perseverance, determination, and hard work, you really can make your dreams a reality. My head is exploding. OMFG!
Okay, I just wanted to let you all know 🙂 Publication takes place September 4th.
Stop by tomorrow morning for some poetry!