So, I had a nice, relaxing birthday. Lots of laying around, reading, talking with my BFF on the phone. All in all, a good day. Topped off with a sort of acceptance on another personal essay. I've submitted this one place before--Light & Life Magazine, where it made the second reading but wasn't ultimately used. Now, it's made the second reading someplace else--an online magazine called Now What?--and I'll hear the final word in about a week. I'm very excited to have gotten good news on my birthday :). Also, if this is accepted, that will mean that eight of the ten personal essays I've written have sold. One of the others has made the top 1% and is tentatively accepted, and the last is still awaiting response. A pretty good track record, I think.
I also sent off another round of submissions of short stories lately. I've now got three awaiting responses. A bit nerve-wracking. One of those stories is sent both to a professional-paying magazine and a really cool non-paying anthology; the second story is sent off to two pro-pays; and the third is submitted to a cool-but-minimum-pay online spec-fic magazine. I'm busting waiting on these three!
And this week is the countdown to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince...we're going to see it Saturday night! Woo-hoo! I, of course, read the first six books (again) in preparation, and I'll read book seven after seeing the movie.
Oh, quick aside--my second essay came out in print in Purpose and it involves my son. I let him read it. His little eyes got so big, and he said, "You wrote a story about me!" Big grin :).