Yesterday I received an email from Julie at iVillage informing me that they were going to be featuring my post about (Un)Happy Endings on their website in their "Buzz in the blogs" section. (which I have captured above with my just learned 'print screen' skill, to save for posterity).
Because I was doing laundry last night, I didn't check my email until this morning. Which means that I didn't learn the happy news until just now, at which point I raced over to ivillage.com to make sure this wasn't one of those weird email spoofs that would eventually ask me to send my personal data to claim the $438 million that had been left to me by a little old lady in Kenya/South Wales/Isle of Mann to be distributed to widows and children or as I saw fit.
But it wasn't. It was the real thing. This represents the first time something of mine has actually been published! (I'm not counting the time I started a literary journal while I was teaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, and unabashedly inserted one of my children's stories in amongst my students' work. That doesn't really count, does it.)
Oh, about that laundry that kept me up until 11:30pm? I'm leaving tomorrow for a trip out west....remember the fact finding trips I'd planned to take to find my mountain home? Well, I'm pleased to say that I'm actually doing one this weekend. I'll be back next Tuesday with lots of photos and a full report on what I found.
See you when I get back, have a great weekend! (and thank you, iVillage.com!)