It's been my birthday for 20 minutes now, and I finally finished my two workshop samples for this winter's upcoming residency. Apologies in advance for those in my first workshop, in which my submission was 21 pages -- three pages longer than the 18-page maximum. I'm workshopping two 11-page chapters, and I hate stopping mid-chapter. So, those of you in the MFA program, help me warm people in advance. The good news: my second workshop submission is only 16 pages.
Anyway, I got an early birthday present. About six hours ago I got an e-mail from an online lit journal, which has graciously accepted a 5-page short story I wrote a while back. I've gotten several rejections for this story, so it was doubly fulfilling. It was a bit of a distraction trying to finish up my workshop submissions while jumping up and down with excitement about a short story. I'm not gonna say it's the best present I've ever gotten, or even the 10th-best present. But it's always a good feeling that someone wants to publish something you've written. (Besides yourself, publishing your own blog.)