The New Year is starting off well for me. Okay, I’m exhausted, and I burnt myself out writing Christmas stories. (I learned an important lesson about limits, though. A dozen shorts in under three weeks is too much for me.)
First, at church a lady stopped me to say how much she loved my book, Dragon Hoard. That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me. It completely caught me off guard–I smiled about it all day. I’m smiling again as I type this, remembering.
And on the same day I found out I won the December Thinkerbeat Story Bites contest, for my short story, The Gift.
If you haven’t checked out Thinkerbeat yet, I highly recommend it. Daniel White, who heads up the site, is an absolute delight. He founded the site to encourage budding authors. As an author himself, he knows how demoralizing the frequent rejections are. And even though his literary tastes don’t run to what I write, he has never been anything but encouraging and helpful to me.
As a case in point, I asked him for awards we can post on our blogs. He got back to me in under a day with the button you see here. He’s working on awards for contest winners as well.
Here’s hoping that 2016 is a year that sees us all improving our skills and meeting our goals.