The good news is, I shared 7th place in Susanna Leonard Hill's holiday writing contest, and I will be receiving a book on writing as my prize. Yay!
The great news is, I sold a story to Highlights! It's called The Disappearing Earrings, and I got a bear card after sending the requested revisions, so I was hopeful. And lo and be ho ho hold, the contract came in my e-mail! I have sold two rebuses (rebi?) to Highlights, and a craft project, but this is my first story, where I truly feel like a writer. Feels good!