After what seems like endless days of slugging it out with life, someone up on high occasionally takes pity on a suffering soul and doles out some sweets. This past week’s goodie bag was filled with:
- Wife won another award for her short film! My wife is a brilliant filmmaker and has been hitting the independent film festival circuit to promote a documentary she wrapped up earlier this year. We attended an LA screening on Saturday and it couldn’t have gone any better. Seeing the number of friends that came out to support her was an amazing thing to experience in and of itself. The film received an “Audience Favorite” award and has garnered recognition at several other film festivals across the country. You can learn more about the film here. I’m so proud of her and the fact that she continues to gain acknowledgment for her excellent work.
- First ever paid publication! I received notice that a short story I put together earlier in the year was accepted for paid publication by Cheapjack Pulp. This was one of seven outlets that I submitted a western-themed story to six months ago, and after having been rejected by the first six already (and for an anthology for which it was originally written), I honestly forgot this one was still floating out there. It was such an amazing surprise to receive in my inbox and provides some validation to a writer’s fragile self-image. My story should be in the first issue of 2018. Of course, I’ll keep you all posted. Also wanted to call out the excellent editing work of my friend, Kevin Brennan, who helped make this possible.
- Passed my certification test! This was one of the harder IT certification tests I’ve taken and most people fail on the first try. But I was lucky enough to pass, which means I can relax a smidge for at least the next year-and-a-half (recertification is typically every two years and quite the moneymaker for the industry…). Now that the intense study period has passed by, its time to get back to the writing routine. I’ll have the next story posted as soon as possible.
I hope you’ve all had an equivalent week this year. You deserve at least one!