Sarah! Congratulations, darling!
You are the winner of a free-spirited mantis and his friend, the dignified rabbit! Let's get in touch and I'll send them off to you in the mail soon.
To the rest of you, thank you for playing along. Thank you for your kind words and interest in my little drawings.
Did you have a nice weekend? Sherlock did. He molted to about the size of a smartphone!
Needless to say, I'm being even more solicitous of him than usual.
We spent the weekend in southern California watching Sophie play her last tournament with her club volleyball team. I will really miss those girls and their parents...it always tugs at my heart, how you can cross paths briefly with others and enjoy their company, yet realize life is going to pull you in different directions and so it was really those few moments you had together which were the ones to enjoy.
Not that it spells the end of a friendship or you will never see them in the future, but realistically there will not be so many opportunities to associate again.
It reminds me how important it is to make the most of each moment, to not waste time being shy or withdrawn, which come so naturally to me.
I sprained my ankle the other day while being careless and in a fit of greater stupidity, decided to go for a run out in the desert. While so doing I lost balance and FELL INTO A MAN-EATING CACTUS. It was mainly my knee which took the brunt of the impact and I spent the next ten minutes pulling poisonous quills out of my leg, some of which actually laced in and out of my flesh like stitches.
I wouldn't have to tell you all this had someone been there to feel sorry for me or marvel over my bravery, but no one is ever out in the middle of the desert when you need them, so I had to conjure up vast amounts of pity and self-admiration all by myself.
Thankfully my girls have really picked up the slack since I got home and are quick to make that sad puppy face whenever they see me limping around.
One last thing: I sent a synopsis and sample of my story off to an agent a few days ago!
I don't know why I even bother announcing it. I'm announcing it to myself, in a way. I realize it is the first of many rejections I will collect (from what I understand, you are lucky to even receive a rejection...lucky in the sense an agent took the time to acknowledge their lack of interest in your submission).
But it tells me I'm moving forward. I'm doing what small amount is in my power to do.
And that's one secret little thing which feels good in my life these days.