This week has been a blur of studying and tests and therapist appointments and trying frantically to tie up all the loose ends before spring break starts in two days (AND YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHERE I'M GOING—I'M SO EXCITED TO TELL YOU TOMORROW).
And so, in the midst of all the madness, I must confess that I didn't actually realise I'd won another (!!) national Scholastic Art & Writing Award until someone congratulated me on Tuesday.
(I know. I know. I am absolutely terrible. If I don't get an email and a Twitter mention and a calendar notification and a post-it note stuck to my forehead, I completely forget I ever entered a competition. If it helps at all, I didn't figure out I'd won a silver medal last year until someone mentioned it in passing... a week after the results had come out. Eternally kicking myself)
This year it's another award for poetry—a gold medal, which, incredible! I'm so insanely, ridiculously excited about this,. Some of my absolute favourite people have won Scholastic awards—including, I might add, fellow Teacup Trail editor / wordsmith extraordinaire / general wizard, AnQi, who also won a gold medal this year!
If you'll recall, last year I got the chance to travel all the way to New York—and truly, I'm still flailing over that—for the awards ceremony in Carnegie Hall as part of my epic sojourn across the US of A. (Hush. Three states absolutely counts as a sojourn. ;)) I've entered the ticket lottery this year as well, so fingers crossed I get to go again!
I'm beautifully overwhelmed by the onslaught of publications & awards lately. Life has been quite kind to me on the writing side of things, I must say. I'll see you all tomorrow—I hope you're having an absolutely wonderful week so far. x