Writing Madness

I’M BAAAACK!

Wow, it’s been a busy month! I’m excited to get back to writing and reading blogs. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I finished self-editing my novel 😀

I’m now desperately scrambling for beta and sensitivity readers so I can have my novel to my (hopefully! She’s promised a contract!) agent by the end of August.

I hit the freakin’ Motherload

Honestly still in a daze. Check this out:

Not gonna lie, I freaked out. Squirrel-on-drugs type freaking out.

And then a week later…!!

This is for One Teen Story, which has been my dream publication for about two years now (it has a circulation of almost 15,000). It’s also going to be my first print publication for a short story…!!

Both of those contests together awarded $1,000, which is the honestly the most money I’ve seen since I had to pay for my braces. I’m going to the awards ceremony at Ole Miss tomorrow for the Eudora Welty Creative Writing Contest.

Moral of the story: don’t let all the rejections discourage you!!

I’m doing an online mentorship with the fantastically amazing Adroit Journal

…Which has also been a dream publication for a while. They haven’t accepted any of my stories, but they did accept me for a free mentorship, and the advice I’ve gotten has been invaluable. Speaking of which, I have a short story due Thursday that I haven’t started on… ouch…

-I attended a writing workshop in Jackson, Mississippi 

Just got back Friday, actually. I’m really proud of myself for going after having struggled with severe social anxiety this past year, getting therapy, etc. I forced myself to speak with some of the professors and actually didn’t regret it. One of them said he’d be willing to write recommendation letters/be an advanced reader for my novel :DDD (I freak out over everything, if you haven’t noticed. No chill.)

Here are some signed books I got:

Aren’t the covers gorgeous?!

Several of you have given me blogger awards (for which I am eternally grateful!!), and I’m going to get to those asap. 

See you in the comments 😀

-Lilly