I’m feeling all kinds of good today. It’s like an excited gratitude fest. I’ve got some big news … B-I-G.
I am thrilled to share that I wrote a piece that will be featured in the anthology The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship. It’s a collection of essays from fifty amazing women writers … and I am one of them!!!! Holy shit! I’m going to be published!! What? What?!
To be included with this group of women is truly an honor. Having begun this writing adventure only eight months ago, I am still dumbfounded when I think about all the amazing people I’ve “met” and the support I’ve received. The kind comments from people reading my posts, votes being cast in the Blogger Idol competition and other bloggers and friends sharing my “work” have made me feel pretty darn good. Being a member of this generous blogging community is more rewarding than I ever could have imagined.
Considering how much I feel I’ve been supported throughout this journey, it seems perfectly fitting that my first published piece would be part of a group of essays about the power of friendship.
The book will be available in December as an e-book and a paperback. I’ll have details and a link to buy the book in another post when it’s published (because I know you’ll want to buy one, right?! Right???).
Until then, you can check out The HerStories Project website by clicking here. There are highlights of all the contributors (ahem, including ME!! Squee!), a giveaway and details about the story that inspired this anthology. You’ll find links to follow the book, the blog and the writers too.
In other great news, I’m happy to say that I’m safe in the Blogger Idol competition again this week! Wahoo!! Thanks so much for your votes and support!
And, the last bit of Stuff that Makes Me Smile: I received an email today from one of the Girl’s teachers. When I saw that the subject line only had her name, I was initially concerned. I’ve been away from home all week staying with my sister to help with her new baby and preschooler. When I saw the email I wondered if something had gone wrong. Did she not do her homework? Was she missing me so much that she was acting up in class? (I knew that wasn’t actually it since she’s told me that things are going really well without me … “even smoother than when you’re here.” Ouch!) Nonetheless, my first thought upon seeing an email about her made me worry a little. Here’s the email (names changed to more accurately reflect the characters):
My name is Awesome Teacher. I am The Girl’s Industrial Technology teacher. I just wanted to contact you and tell you something I saw today. I have a learning support student in my class that really struggles with the concepts we study. When The Girl was done with her work, she went to the girl’s workstation, without being asked or directed by me, and helped her with her CAD drawing. It was really nice to see her working along with the girl and helping her out. It was like watching a veteran learning support teacher work their magic. The patience and kindness she displayed while helping the girl were remarkable. It’s very rare that a girl her age takes time out to help another student, much rather a special needs student. It was really something to see and made my day. I just thought you would like to hear how awesome your daughter is!
Super Awesome Teacher Who Totally Knows How to Make a Parent’s Day
It literally brought tears to my eyes and made me so proud of The Girl. She’s a great kid who very obviously has a kind heart. And it reminded me that taking a little time to share positive thoughts with someone can make a huge difference in their day … or days. You can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be saving that email. Forever.
Now I’m off to share some love and spread the joy!!