Today was exciting.
Early in the day, I found out that the starlings finally won something (almost). I have just sent the contract back, so I will stay quiet until the site announces it. But my birds came in runner up in an essay contest somewhere in the innerwebs. I am torn, because I am so so so glad that the starlings finally found a home, but I am a little sad that it wasn't a paid home. It's a good essay. It won honorable mention last year and got good feedback from at least one editor since--ergo, some mixed feelings. But ultimately, GLAD. This is going to be a science-y piece out in the world, and that makes me feel good.
Then later in the day, I heard back from the managing editor at Xenith, and he is letting me contribute book reviews to the site (assuming I don't suck at it). I am really excited about stretching this particular muscle, and have already reached out to a couple of possible contacts for books to review.
All in all, it was a good day to be a writer. Sadly, I was only able to celebrate virtually, as I have no community here. If you are out there, raise a glass with me: I'm the one drinking liqueur over ice while I stand by the sink.