It's been a while since I shared my first post linking up my God-sized dreams with Holly. I wrote about being a dreamer and how it scares me to think of taking a chance on making these dreams a reality. But the dream was too deeply held to let go, so I forged ahead.
I had to set writing aside for a while as I finished my other God-sized dream - finishing dental hygiene school. My graduation day was one of the happiest days of my life. I cried with pure joy after I crossed that stage.
I'm excited to finally be done and I'm ready to launch my new career. I'm also thrilled that I'll finally have time to really focus on writing now.
Despite having to slow down for a while, I've gotten some great conformations about my dream. A couple of months ago, I entered a small flash fiction contest held by Steven James, one of my favorite authors. The winners would receive an autographed copy of his newest book AND publication in Splickety magazine, a new flash fiction magazine. I prayed that if God wanted me to continue this writing dream, that I could place in the top ten. I just wanted some conformation, a nudge to show me I'm headed in the right direction. A few days later, I saw this:
That was huge! What a much needed confidence booster that was for me. Now I'm eying a much bigger contest and playing with the idea of entering it. I have a story I'm working on, with an eye on submitting it for publication. I also have a couple of articles in mind to pitch to a magazine. Things are coming along, slowly but surely.