This past Monday was my birthday. That, in and of itself, if not the exciting part. The exciting part is that I got an email. This particular exciting email informed me that a short story that I wrote two years ago and submitted on a whim (after many, many rejections) will be published this August in A Literation.
I realize this is a short post, but the words I have are inadequate to the excitement of my first real publication, and I do not believe anyone want to read lines and lines of the transcription of the high-pitched sound that echoed through my brain as it tried to comprehend the news.
In short: hooray for writing and hooray for A Literation!
This is my cherished object:
Her name is Beara, and she has been my teddy bear since I was a year old. You can see her fur is worn at the seams. You can’t tell in the photo, but her face has a permanent impression of her arm from how I held her when I would go to bed. Once she was lost under the bed for three days. Her nose is chipped from when I threw her when I was eleven because my brush was stuck in my hair. When I lined up all my stuffed animals and dolls on my bed, she was always front and center.
As an adult, I don’t think I can capture the bond between a child and a favorite stuffed animal in words (certainly not better than someone like Bill Watterson already has). There is something about that relationship that gets lost in translation as you grow up. Although she seems really small now when I look at her, she was an excellent adventurer, a brilliant sidekick, and a superior confidante. She doesn’t stay on my bed anymore, but I’m pretty sure she is still the best-loved bear there is.
This was my mother’s camera. Now it is mine (and she has a fancy DSLR).
As a result, I’ve been trying my hand at film photography. Most of my photos are taken with my phone, so it’s quite a change. It took some time to figure out how to load the film correctly, but I got the hang of it. My first rolls were developed yesterday, and while they aren’t great, I think i’m off to a decent start.
I got some pictures of the river.
But this one is the best I’ve taken so far, which is really only fair, considering she’s the one who gave me the camera,