I know, I know, I know, I should be studying like crazy for the big and scary upcoming test that will determine if I even have a shot at getting into graduate school. But I have big news. With a capital “B”.
Do you remember back in December when I told you I was going to take a break from blogging because I was super busy but then I kept blogging anyway because I could not stop myself? I was secretly cheating on you, or at least trying to cheat on you. But really cheat is a strong word. Let me just get to the point.
In December I submitted two original, not previously written, sample columns to a rather large newspaper in our area (their website claims circulation numbers of 85,000 daily and 100,000 on Sundays.) Every year this paper selects around 5-7 reader columnists to contribute, in rotation, throughout the year. It is a nonpaying gig but you get your words published along with your headshot and a little byline. I was not expecting to get a positive call back. Yesterday I did. I proceeded to do a happy dance, while on the phone with the editorial writer. Carter who was rolling out the top pie crust for a homemade raspberry pie just looked at me like I had gone crazy.
Today I went in and got my photo taken. Holy moly, I have a headshot that is going to go in a newspaper, a newspaper that people actually read! I then met with both the editorial writer and the editorial page editor. The editor happened to mention that I beat out a lot (and he actually said “a lot” twice) of other people who had sent in submissions. Total warm fuzzy right there.
I have given it a lot of thought and I have decided not to put my blog site in my byline. While I am sure it would increase my followers and break all current stat records I may or not be secretly keeping, it just doesn’t feel right. I am quiet happy and comfortable with this little blogging world of mine. But I am over the moon happy about this opportunity and so I simply had to share it with you. I will be sure to post my column submissions for you to read so it does not feel too much like I am cheating on you. I have to say that back in December I was itching to post the two pieces of writing I had sent into the paper so you could read them too but I was not allowed to. Now I am and so I will sometime soon.
Oh, and since I have your ear, I want to say thank you for all the wonderful comments, they mean so much to me. I miss blogging and I greatly miss keeping up on all your worlds.
Alright, back to relearning high school algebra, geometry, and composition so that I have a shadow of a chance of passing that test.