In April of this year, I got an email from 6th Element Publishing and Writer’s Block North-East to congratulate me on submitting three stories for the ‘Home Tomorrow’ competition. I knew I had not won (having seen a list of winners published on the Facebook page) but I was informed that they would like to include all three of my submissions in the anthology. Since then, I had an email saying 6th Element felt it would be better to include one submission per author so I had to pick which one of my babies were my favourite.
So, I have been eagerly awaiting publication of this anthology since April. Every few weeks, The Boy Wonder will enquire as to what’s happening with the book, to which I reply “Search me”. I get several books through the post every week to be reviewed so when I nipped home yesterday, I thought the package on my bed was yet another book to review. To my surprise, though, I opened it and there it was: ‘Home Tomorrow’, featuring a short story by little ol’ me.
When I was reviewing for the local newspaper, my byline was a frequent sight and I have reviewed for a national magazine but nothing compared to this feeling; seeing something that I had written in print, completely my own, was just amazing.
The Boy Wonder seemed more excited than me! And knowing that I have someone that supportive in my life is an even better feeling.
I know I have a long way to go yet. My novel sits at 20,000 words and I have umpteen short stories sitting on my hard drive but this is most definitely a step in the right direction!
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