Monday, August 20, 2007

Mondays are great.

I love Mondays. Really I do.

Still waiting for the sarcastic shoe to drop. Well keep waiting because for me Monday's ain't that bad. And this Monday has been even better than not bad -- it's been outright nice.

I hear all you of you grumbling out there so let me explain.

Reason # 1 -- First off Monday is my hump day since Thursday and Friday is my actual days off. While most of my fellow coworkers are trudging around complaining how tired they are after a tough weekend, I'm thinking, My week is half over, cause let's face it getting out of bed is the hardest part of my day and once that is accomplished I pretty much consider the day whooped.

Reason #2 -- Monday nights I meet with my critique group and I look forward to not only getting some immediate feedback on whatever I'm working on at the time but I also get to hear some great stories and talk about books and writing with like-minded people.

Reason # 3 -- For at least part of the year Football is on.

Reason #4 -- This morning I opened up my email inbox. Right off I noticed I had received an email form an editor. Then I noticed it was from one of the literary magazines I submitted a short story to about ten days ago. Like always my heart kicked up a notch as I clicked to open it. Over the years I have come to expect the words ... sorry not right for us ... but this one started with ... This is very good. And this followed .. We would like to include your story in the November edition ... And they are willing to pay me for that right. Now in my book, Mondays just don't get any better than that.

I promise to give y'all more details once I receive, sign, and send back the actual contract, but the superstitious side me doesn't want to jinx anything right now. I wasn't even going to comment on this until later, but good news is meant to be shared. Here's hoping all of y'alls Mondays are outright nice as well.

22 comments:

alternatefish said...

ok, I guess I can deal with my crappy Monday because yours is going so well.

Congratulations!!!

let's trade next week, ok? you take the mud-puddle, burnt-eggs monday and I'll take the happy email from an editor monday. deal? goodie.

Serena Joy said...

Congratulations! What a nice thing to happen to you on a Monday.

Christen said...

I'm soooo happy for you, Travis! Congrats!

Tracy said...

Congratulations! I hope there is no other shoe to drop! :)

Shauna said...

While I can't say I enjoy Mondays (hubby goes back to work which means I have to get up with the kids - blech) this one sounds worthy of celebration. CONGRATULATIONS!! Be sure and let us know which magazine so I can pick it up!

Anissa said...

Congratulations, Travis! Awesome, awesome news. :)

WordVixen said...

*doing the cabbage patch* go Travis, it's ya birthday...

Congrats!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hooray!! Hooray!!

Travis, that is great news to receive on a Monday or any other day for that matter.

Sign the contract. That makes it real!

I am so happy for you. Terrie

Chunks said...

That would be awesome news no matter what day it happened on but seems even sweeter when it happens on a Monday!

Congrats!

mielikki said...

as Monday's go, mine wasn't bad, but yours was much better! Congrats all the way around.

Fionamac said...

How great that your story's going to be published.
Will raise a glass to you tonight, here in Blighty, when you'll probably be on your first coffee.

Angie said...

Woot! That is so great! Congrats, Travis! :D

Angie

Tena said...

"We would like to include your story in the November edition ... "

BEAUTIFUL, Travis! See, it's like I said in my post "Why I Read Your Blog." You got da Voice.

Keep us, um, posted, okay?

Wa-hooo!!!

The Duck said...

Wow, congratulations big guy. That's got to be a great feeling. Can't wait to get more details.

You've been published before, right?

Brooke said...

Nice! Congrats!!!

This Monday I...um...well it rained a lot...and I went to the supermarket....

I think you had the better day :)

Travis Erwin said...

Thanks to all the well wishers and yes I will pass on hte details just as soon as I sign that contract and mail it in.

No, this isn't my first published piece, but it is the first one in a long time, (mostly do to the fact I've only marketed my novels in recent years) and this is the first time an editor I've never personally met has offered cold hard cash to me for the right to my words.

I actually wrote the first version of this particular story four or five years ago, and it still remains one of my favorites. It is a dark story so don't expect much in the way of romance or humor.

Jenster said...

I'm so glad you decided to share that last one with us!! That's fantastic!! I'm very, VERY happy for you!!

WordVixen said...

Hey, maybe you could have another contest and an autographed copy of the magazine (specifically the one with your story in it) could be the prize? I'd actually enter...

Though I'd still rather be a villain in your pirate book.

preTzel said...

That's great news! Congratulations. :) Just remember, a rejection doesn't mean *bad* - it just means they weren't ready for your submission.

Katrina said...

Congratulations Travis!!! Way to go! I'm looking forward to hearing more.
No one but writers know what an "extreme high" it is to hear those magic words. "We want to publish your story!"

B.E. Sanderson said...

Awesome news, Travis! Congratulations!!

Cicily Janus said...

CONGRATS...I said it then, and I will put it in print..

I am so proud of you.

~Me