Thursday, December 27, 2007

Start with the good

I will start with the good news first. It seems the Minnesota Arts Council has awarded me $5,000 to finish my book. Out of 80 finalists, I by some fluke won first place which they called to tell me, while I was at the Ronald McDonald House in Boston with my niece who has been diagnosed with cancer.

I hadn’t slept for two days and I began to cry…HARD. Weirdly, not because I had won but b/c it was the first time in days where I actually felt something besides sadness.

Oddly this means I have earned almost ten thousand dollars on a book that has NOT been published yet. I don’t know what that makes me famous for but it must be somethin’. The judges said, they had no idea where I had come from and why didn’t anyone know of me…most of the finalist had several books, some had national book awards. Okay I’m here….I want to have a book….what more do I need to do?

Another fluke-- I am quotedin a book about Lucille Clifton called, Lucille Clifton: Her Life And Letters by Mary Jane Lupton. It seems that sections of the first book review I ever did, is being published in a book about Clifton. How cool is that? You know it almost makes me want to write two book reviews;) I stopped b/c I thought I was horrid at it---which I still might be.

In the real world---I am back from Boston. My niece, who is very beautiful is also very sick. She has seven tumors growing in her body. My days are full of trying to push things out of my head instead of writing about them---which never serves me well.

6 comments:

LKD said...

I'm sad for you and happy for you all at the same time.

It feels weird saying I'm so sorry and congratulations in the same sentence.

early hours of sky said...

Yeah it is wierd living it to.

I hope you are well Laurel and I hope this year bring you good things.

Thanks for stopping by...T

Molly said...

I agree with the strangeness of congratulations and condolences. I think of your niece, of your sister, of how hard that must be.

And I'm so glad to hear things are going well for you and your book. It will find a home.

xox

Wendy Wisner said...

Oy, why is life so mixed up? I'm so sorry about your niece. It sounds like she is well loved and supported. I am very happy about your grant, and I am waiting patiently for your book. Take care.

Anne said...

Wow, talk about an emotional rollercoaster ... Congratulations on the grant, and many good thoughts for your niece (and her family).

early hours of sky said...

thanks all!