Monday, July 26, 2010

Two for joy

Shortly after drafting my last post early on Friday morning I looked out of the kitchen window and spotted two magpies sitting in the giant pear tree at the bottom of our garden.

One for sorrow, two for joy...

I decided that it was an omen that the day would bring good writing news. But the postman walked straight past our house and my inbox remained resolutely empty of anything of interest.

Until the evening when, about twelve hours after seeing the magpies, I did receive an exciting email, telling me that Even More Tonto Short Stories is finally being printed after a number of delays. That a copy will shortly be in my hands. That the official publication date is now 5th August.

This is the second anthology in which I've had work published, but that doesn't diminish the anticipation of holding the book in my hands, of seeing my words in print in the company of many very talented writers.

The magpies were right, after all.

13 comments:

Paul said...

Congratulations, Cathy! I know that infrequent great feeling of holding your writing in print. I'm happy you're happy.

Queenie said...

How lovely! Times two - one for your news, and one for your beautifully written blog post.

Miriam Drori said...

Lovely! Enjoy the feel of it, in your hand and in your heart.

Cathy said...

Paul, Queenie and Miriam - thank you :)

KarenG said...

I followed you here from Queenie's blog and then found your follower icon and added myself as #30. How could I not when you believe magpies bring good luck? I feel that way about robins, when I see the first robins of the spring, I always think something good will happen.

Congrats on your story!!

KarenG

Cathy said...

Welcome KarenG!

When I was growing up we had a kids TV programme called Magpie, the theme tune was the old traditional magpie rhyme of 'One for sorrow...'. I see you are in the USA, do you have that rhyme there? Do you have magpies even?

SpiralSkies said...

Ooh, I just ordered my copy but didn't know you had a piece in there - a double treat when it comes!

Hurrah for those magpies and their knowing ways :)

Bluestocking Mum said...

Well done on the story Cathy.

I remember Magpie too. It's funny how many superstitions surround magpies. I bet you don't salute a solitary magpie and ask how the family is?
It's bonkers but I've done it since I was a child!

warm wishes

Cathy said...

SpiralSkies - it's just a piece of flash fiction, but I hope you enjoy it.

Bluestocking Mum - I don't salute a single magpie but I always say good morning or good afternoon Mr Magpie, so I guess it's the same thing...

Talli Roland said...

Yay! Massive congratulations, Cathy. What great news!

Cathy said...

Thank you, Talli.

Anne Brooke said...

Congratulations - wonderful news for you! Anne

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That's brilliant news! Something we need from time to time. Keep going.

CJ xx