Scholastic Art & Writing (Plus 10 Statements!)

Hi everybody! Two monumentally cool things happened today.

The first is something I completely forgot to tell you guys - not entirely sure how I overlooked it, but let's just blame it on lack of sleep, yeah? ;) About a month ago I entered the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which - as you may or may not have guessed by the title - is an art and writing competition for students, by Scholastic. I entered in three categories: Poetry (with First Love, Gravity's Kiss, Hoodie, and Light II), Flash Fiction (with Oblivion), and Humour (with A Father's Mission (or, the Quest for the Unlined Notebook)). Soon after, I discovered that my Poetry and Flash Fiction submissions had won a gold key (first place), and my Humour submission had won a silver key (second place) in the regional competition. I stared at the computer screen for a few minutes, grinned giddily, and went on my merry way.


It turns out that the gold key winners actually advanced to the Nationals competition - something I knew, but had put very little thought into. So when the results came out today, I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I didn't check to see if I had won anything until my friend reminded me that they were on the Scholastic website. :P

I checked the site, and - needless to say, to my enormous incredulity - I won! My poetry received a silver medal at the Nationals level, and I'm so delighted and honoured. I actually did not expect to win anything, so this came as a really nice surprise - there were some amazingly talented writers competing, too. :D I'm not entirely sure if there's an awards ceremony or something, or if this is it, but I'll let you guys know as soon as I do! ;)

The second cool thing that happened today: I was featured on Karen's blog (My Train of Thoughts On...)! As some of you might know, she does a regular column called "10 Statements", which is basically like a mini-biography / brain-picking session of writers and other creative individuals. I have so much fun reading others' thoughts, and this was even more awesome - click here to check out my take on the 10 Statements! ;)

love, Topaz