I came home from the hospital to a slew of emails. Two of them were unbelievable.
I have taken advantage of two free internet sites for years, Giga Alerts and Google Alerts. Giga monitors my interests and sends me updates on specific submission opportunities. Google of course sends periodic updates on my name search.
I opened GIGA to discover a call out with a link to my very own blog! It was something I had posted for others to read. Now that wasn't much of a help for ME.
GOOGLE listed a link to FOX News: an article about the Chicken Soup Alzheimer's and Other Dementias book, with four direct quotes, one of them MINE.
My latest writing news: The Salvation Army magazine, The War Cry has accepted one of my personal essays, and they pay 25 cents per word. I am thrilled. I think of the War Cry as that pamphlet that the bell ringers give out at Christmas time.
Which reminds me of the time my four year old granddaughter who had been shopping with me, dropping coins in every kettle at every store one winter day. The last guy said, "God bless you." She stopped in her tracks, turned around and said, "Why do you guys keep God blessin' me when I'm not even sneezing?"
This is the same kid who stopped in her tracks coming out the door at Wal-Mart. She pointed to the LOST KIDS pictures on the wall and shouted, "I know where these kids are! They live with the old woman in the shoe. Nobody but her could lose this many kids."
She was so smart and precocious, and Thursday she will have her own little darling to brag about, to make her laugh, cry, sob, smile, show off.