As far back as my memory serves me, I have loved writing.
I was a total bookworm growing up and always had my nose between the pages of a book.
I would staple stacks of paper together to write stories in and (very badly) illustrate them.
I had no idea writing that blog would bring so many amazing people into my life.
I loved writing it because I wrote about what I knew. My life. My family. There were no expectations regarding the content.
“No way. Nobody is interested in my life.”
and then “Besides…I’m not that good of a writer anyway.”
Sean was the force behind me saying yes. He convinced me that I should.
After speaking with Jen, I knew I wanted to be a part of UrbanMoms.
Prior to UrbanMoms, the only thing I ever wrote that I was exceptionally proud of was a story for young children that made it through a round or two at an editors desk. It never went any further than that.
Somehow I lost the hard copy on my computer and it’s gone forever. It still makes me sad.
It was really good.
As much as I am critical of my own writing and I very often wonder if it’s good enough I have always hoped that one day I would be published.
Every time I click the “publish” button on this blog I feel a little bit of pride. Pride that people want to read what I write and enjoy reading what I write.
Last year I received in my inbox a call to submit a story for the next Chicken Soup For The Soul book. This one is about raising kids on the autism spectrum.
I submitted a story that I thought was fitting. I told nobody and then I forgot about it.
Until I received an email in January informing me that my story had made the final selection round. I was cautiously excited and still told nobody. Not even Sean.
I had some paperwork to fill out and send back and then waited once again. This time I didn’t forget about it. It was all I could think about.
Published? In a world renowned book series?
I received the email on January 29 informing me that my story had been selected to appear in Chicken Soup For The Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.
It felt like a dream come true.
My submission is a story that I am proud of and a story that has a heartwarming message behind it.
Leave a comment telling me a dream that you have or a dream that has come true for you and you could win a copy of this book!
(If you wish to purchase a copy of the book, it will be available on April 2, 2013 which also happens to be World Autism Day)