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Writers Sometimes Smell Like Weiners May 26, 2011

Filed under: What's Up? — Noelle Bickle / Abby Brooks @ 2:20 PM
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Busy day today! My short story, Bittersweet was selected to be part of an anthology just being released, called Wild Words.

I submitted the piece back in the fall, and though it didn’t win, it was selected as a piece that would be part of the anthology that comes out tonight at the official launch! Yipee!

I’m pleased as punch. As a writer, you submit all kinds of work, and it feels great to get an honourable mention or place in a top- whatever. That’s happened with other submissions, and it did feel amazing, but the work didn’t get published. So as much as it was great to get the pat on the back, the high was short-lived because I never saw it in print. I could never refer back to it for a boost when I needed it.

That changes tonight though, when I pick up my copy of Wild Words (order yours now!)  Besides signing the books, I also get to take part in a reading – which I love to do. Call me a ham (HAM!) but I love me a crowd.

I have to be sure to shower and doll up, because I’ve spent the last four hours being the Hot Dog Lady at my kid’s school. I cooked up and served 152 hotdogs, and yes, I smell like a big ol’ Oscar Meyer. My dog loves me and my stench, but I think I may need to do a scrub down before the book signing.

My house may be a mess, and my kids may have to eat cereal for dinner, but tonight I’ll ride the wave of being a published writer. That my friends, makes a messy house and underfed children just a minor detail. I get to put my hair net aside (okay, I don’t really wear a hair net, but you get the picture) and don some gorgeous heels. I get to sign my name and know that after the hard work, the rise and fall of my hopes, and bearing the weight of rejections somehow finding their way to my mailbox, I am published.

In a book.

With my name on it.

And I can keep one on my bedside, and one on my bookshelf and another beside my writing-table (yes, I bought several) to remind me that I am a writer. And that writers have the mantra and mission to write on.

And I am (a writer), so I will (write on). Cheers, and wish me luck on my reading tonight!


18 Responses to “Writers Sometimes Smell Like Weiners”

  1. Candace Says:

    Congratulations Noelle I am very proud of you 🙂

  2. Rhonda Says:

    Enjoy and savour the moment, Noelle. You have earned it.

  3. Tammy Says:

    Congratulations Noelle. Your very own Disney moment has come true, and I know you have done much more than just wish on a star! Have a great night my published friend xo

  4. deepamwadds Says:

    Congrats, published writer, indeed. Have a wonderful time basking in the wildness and the wordiness and all those gifted people with whom to share the evening…You deserve it!

  5. Nicole Says:

    Noelle!!!!! That is awesome news! It has to be the best feeling, I’m sure you’re on top of the world. You go girl and savour that success, you deserve it!

    I’ll be ordering a copy of Wild Words, so that I can display it on my bookshelf and tell everyone who sees it that I have rubbed elbows with one of its writers!!!



  6. Rose Moncada Says:

    Good luck tonight!

  7. John Says:

    A big congrats!!

    Exciting. I hope you have a great evening.

  8. Lisa Llamrei Says:

    Congratulations, Noelle. You are probably still on the high from last night. Due to family commitments, I wasn’t able to attend, but I was there in spirit.

  9. Dave Says:

    Hi Noelle\;

    It was great to hear you are now officially in print! It makes all your hard work so very worthwhile. I can now say for the first time that I have a published niece!! So proud of you.

    Uncle Dave

    • Thanks Uncle Dave! I already am thinking up things I want to do for my very own launch. Thats the dreamer in me. I think I better get an agent and a book deal first…lol!

  10. Dale Long Says:

    It was only a matter of time. Congrats Noelle!

    I hope last night was just the taste that fuels you. Last year’s Wicked Words was amazing and left me wanting more.

    Like Lisa, I was there in spirit. No, not the spooky ones I normally dredge up, more the friendly, good vibe type of spirit.

  11. Loved your piece, Noelle. Bittersweet, indeed. It was wonderful to see you birth it on our Writescape retreat, to see it end up in my inbox, to see it rise through the judging. But best of all, I enjoyed seeing you read it with the confidence, poise and assurnace of an author. Bravo, my dear, and ENCORE!

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