I won. I still can't believe it, but I took first place in the First Chapter's Contest at the LDS Storymakers Conference last week. Me. As you can see I haven't won very many things in my life. I've always been last chair viola, and average grades in school. Except when it came to some of my English classes. Maybe that's why I love to write so much--it's the only thing I've ever felt the thrill of being super at. It still doesn't feel real that a bunch of judges really liked my work. But it is incredibly validating, and brings a thrill to writing I haven't felt since...well, since I got asked to read my paper in front of my Early Period British Lit class at USU and the smarty pants guy next to me said "You wrote that?"
However, I must add here that as great as having congratulations from everyone and their dog (many of them learning for the first time that I write), my favorite person to read to is my husband. He laughs, he cries (okay--gets teary-eyed anyway), and I am able to share the things I love in a safe environment. He's the one who's always pushed me to write, even sacrificing his own interests and schedule to help with kids. I couldn't do it without him, and I feel so incredibly grateful to have him in my life. He knew I'd win :), even when I didn't. I hope I can repay him for all he's given me someday.