Other mornings, like today, I pad down the stairs and pick up nothing but loveliness. And then the birds tweet and small woodland animals frollic around and being a writer is the best thing in the world.
So what did I receive today?
1. A cheque. Payment for a short story competition I won. I've got a million birthdays and special occasions to pay for this month so it should help plug a huge hole in my bank balance.
2. A signed copy of Messages by Lynne Rees and Sarah Salway.
I ordered it after taking part in the Your Messages challenges so I could continue to read the flashes, be inspired and write something in response. Just flicking through a couple sparked my brain and made me feel like writing.
Incidentally, if you want a copy of Your Messages, the book containing the 300 word responses written by 41 authors as part of the challenge (all proceeds to charity), just click on the link. Because I couldn't make the launch party last night I'll have to wait for my copy to arrive in the post (which means I've got something else to look forward to).
3. A copy of Aesthetica magazine
Talk about speedy! On 18th Jan the fiction editor emailed me to say they wanted to print my flash "Waiting for Julia" and, less than a month later, tada! There it is, printed, and just a few pages after an interview with Sarah Waters no less (do you think the proximity means some of her talent will rub off on me?)
So yes, a good day for post.