Zoo Wee, Mama!

I know I've been silent all too long but to quote Professor Hinkle in Frosty the snowman: "I've got to get busy writing. Busy, busy busy!" In truth, I have already been busy, busy, busy writing. 

On the heels of sending off my piece for my first workshop at VCFA  this summer, I decided to submit the first page of my manuscript to the May Secret Agent contest over on Miss Snark's First Victim blog.  Due to some snafus on the site, the excerpt was added a little late but I was surprised to see it gathering lots of comments.  I've only entered one other contest and it was a biggie with hundreds of people submitting. I wasn't selected for that one an didn't expect to be for this one either.  

On Monday, the winners were posted and when I read the initial entry, highlighting the honorable mentions who'd been selected, I didn't see my except and figured I'd just try again the next month.  So imagine my surprise when I arrived at the end of the post to see that my excerpt, along with one other, were selected as winners!  Zoo Wee, Mama!  

And the win is big - I'm invited to submit my first 100 pages along with my query and synopsis to Kathleen Ortiz of Lowenstein Associates.(100 pages!  That's lots o' words, people!  She's going to get to know all the characters I've lived with for two years). Kathleen has a wonderful reputation, is extremely funny on Twitter and very generous with contests so I'm unspeakably psyched about this opportunity.

But have it sent it yet? Noooo, I have not. Instead,  I've been agonizing over my pages while my cheerleaders on the sidelines (read: my husband, friends and co-workers) build to a steady chant of: "Send it! Send it! Send it!" 

And so I will send it by the end of the workday today!  I promise. Really. You can check back with me later. 

On top of that, the boys are in the baseball playoffs now so we have games several times a week and I've been working hard to tie up loose ends at work. I have only about four more weeks left.  I'm still sad to leave my peeps at Swarthmore College but each week I grow more excited to start the MFA program.  

And speaking of excited - yell it with me:  "GO FLYERS!!!!"   

How about you? What's keeping you busy these days?  What's got you excited?