Wow. And happy. And wow.

December 8th, 2011

So one day, you feel like giving up. You wonder why the hell you keep writing. Then you read something like this, and you feel a little better, and you remember to be kind to yourself and to just keep going. You start to have days when you think something is going right, you’re not sure what but the words are …better, somehow. You think, yes. Yes, I think I can do this. I need time, and teachers, but I can do this.

Then you open your email and discover you’ve been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

And you know you still have a long way to go, you still need time, you still need teachers, you’re quite sure you’re not going to make the final cut and actually get a Pushcart Prize, but it’s a thing you’ve needed, another push along the road, something to take out of your pocket and look at when the rejection letters get you down.

You think, yes. Yes, I think I can do this.


7 Responses to “Wow. And happy. And wow.”

  1. Gretchen on December 8, 2011 8:10 pm

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful!

  2. Tracy on December 8, 2011 8:54 pm

    Congratulations! A childhood friend I have recently reconnected with just won a Whiting Award for his poetry. It is wonderful to see people recognized for their work, and their passion.

  3. kristen Spina on December 9, 2011 1:09 am

    I absolutely love this, and yes, you can do it. Keep going. And congratulations!!

  4. Claudia on December 9, 2011 12:53 pm

    May I swear? Great.

    Hell fucking yeah!!!

  5. Trish on December 9, 2011 2:10 pm

    I love that Ira Glass quote, I’ve seen it around in a few different places recently. And it’s SO true. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming….

    Congratulations on your nomination! Fingers and toes crossed!

  6. Julia@kolo on December 13, 2011 11:17 am

    Hurray!! That’s super news.

  7. jo(e) on December 14, 2011 4:07 am

    Congratulations!

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