Finally. I mean... REALLY. I was beginning to lose hope and faith in the quality of my prose.
Sou'wester is going to publish a short essay from the memoir. "Her Garden" will appear in print at some point, don't know when yet. Validation is sweet, you know? Only my second essay ever published, and just the first from the manuscript.
I was curious about my submission stats over the last year or so, and was shocked by the numbers (these do not count book and individual poem / essay contests, or chapbook contests, which in themselves number 103):
2007: 61 prose and poetry submissions to literary journals, 2 poems published.
2008: 67 mostly prose submissions, some poetry, 1 essay published (or will be).
These numbers may very well mean I'm a terrible writer. That IS a possibility. I don't buy it, but then again, I'm on the inside looking out. Plus, I've simply received too many nice notes from various editors.
Tonight I shall celebrate by not working, watching much tv, and going to bed on time.