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A Week of Quality and Distinction

This past week was fabulous, though I remain busy enough that writing about all the excellent things has to wait until odd hours. That's okay, in a sense: I do like making my actual life and the people around me priorities over time spent on the internet.

Monday

Monday's my bookstore day, and lo, what did I find on the new releases shelf upon my arrival but the anthology Ages of Wonder, which contains my story "Written in Smoke". Go story publication! (And yes, as far as I'm concerned the story should be a novel, but I've already got a novel I need to finish, and the amount of research to write the novel version is downright frightening, but hey, a published story's a published story.)

Tuesday

I cut my hair -- a joyful event worthy of note because A) couldn't afford a good haircut since August, and B) I got bangs! Which, according to everyone to give me feedback thus far, was a really good move.

Odd side effect: people also think I dyed my hair, but no, it's been this shade of mahogany since I hennaed it last in January.

Also, Tuesday was tribal bellydance class. It is joy.

Wednesday

... Nothing happened on Wednesday. Poor Wednesday.

Thursday

... But Thursday made up for Wednesday's lack, by being awesome in two ways:

1) I worked from home. I cannot explain to you the joy of being able to write this documentation in my own lovely quiet apartment rather than in a busy office. Productivity was at an all-time high.

2) I received notification that my grant application to the Canada Arts Council was successful.

Let me say that again. I got a grant. From the CANADA ARTS COUNCIL. (!!!)

Better yet: so did Jana.

And then we just about died of shock. Because, really. Professional Writers' Grants. From the Canada Arts Council. This wasn't open to just local folks; this was the whole freaking country and they gave money to Jana and me! I applied just because it's a thing you do, like people play the lottery without actually believing that they'll win.

And oh, sweetness abounds, and the Year of Possibility continues to live up to its name.

Friday

Friday was a Friday, with all the joy that such days contain, and Leah and I went out and discussed novels and ate a ridiculous amount of Japanese food, and that, my friends, was my week.

Good times.

Comments

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seabream
Mar. 9th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I agree. That's a week to treasure.

I look forward to seeing your new hairstyle.

I picked up Ages of Wonder when I was by the store the Friday before last and read "Written in Smoke". It's an affecting story. Well done.

Grant! Woo!

Your Friday reminds me that I haven't asked you lately how you'd feel about going and having a conversation sometime. Should I send you an e-mail regarding planning and details, or should it wait?
stephanieburgis
Mar. 9th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the grant! That is AWESOME news!!!!!! Hooray!
mrissa
Mar. 9th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the year of possibility and the Canada Arts Council!

I'm not surprised that people are perceiving your hair as a different color when it's a different length, because people often think my hair is a different color when I've done something with it, and also--and I know you are a dog person and will not be offended about this the way some people would--Ista's hair looks a very different color when it's just been cut. So you are another datapoint on a preexisting line.
larah33
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Great week! And in order to have another great week next week, did you know that Enter the Haggis is playing at the Mod Club on St Patrick's Day? A little tip from me to you. :-)
swan_tower
Mar. 10th, 2009 10:06 am (UTC)
Many congrats to both of you!!!
diatryma
Mar. 10th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Whoo!
davidnickle
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Yeehaw! That's great news - particularly that grant. Congratulations!
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