Hello lovely readers and welcome to a new weekend.
I have been nursing a secret for a little over a week now, holding it close to me and enjoying the aura of happy that descends every time I think about it.
But first… a brief hop back in time…
Following my diagnosis and treatment for cancer in 2014/15 I decided that 2016 was going to be my “Year of Awesome”, the year when things would get back to some kind of normal. Leaving cancer-land far behind me, and to be fair it was a pretty good year in that I did new things and opened my mind to new possibilities. I also met and became good friends with some fabulous people, like I say, 2016 definitely had its merits.
In May 2016, I emailed my local samba drumming band (who are incredibly awesome!), and when I got the email back inviting me to come along to practice night to try out… well, I was beyond excited. This would be something for me, something that didn’t involve “mum me”, something that would be the most awesome of all awesomeness! I was grinning from ear to ear and I didn’t want to share my secret with the kids, I wanted it to be special and just for me.
And that is how I felt last week, that I wanted to keep my bubble of happiness just for myself… my achievement, my pride, my awesomeness. But now, I’m happy to share my news, my ever-so-extremely-exciting-news, with you guys. Because without you to read my poetry, and without the great feedback, this may never have happened.
Last week, I submitted two poems for consideration for inclusion in an anthology.
The editor emailed me back very quickly saying that both (yes both!) of my poems would be included.
the editor of a poetry anthology…
… said that my poetry was amazing!
You can imagine my happiness, I only started writing poetry in January and already am going to have two of my poems published.
I was drifting, directionless, but now I have purpose.
I am going to concentrate on my poetry; submit to publishers, competitions, keep writing on my blog, learn what I need to learn, refine my style and composition. And, who knows where this may lead…?
Karen x 🙂
PS I joined the samba band and yes, it is totally awesome!