I was experiencing a particularly rough spell back in January, when out of the blue I received an email from the editor of Stampington/Somerset Studio's Artful Blogging magazine telling me they would like to feature my blog in an upcoming issue.
I felt it was a wonderful miracle sent to lift my spirits.
There have been many times that I've stood in the bookstore gently flipping through the pages of the latest issue of Artful Blogging soaking in the wonderful images. Having my blog featured there seemed like something totally unattainable--too lofty a dream to even hope for.
I don't know how the magazine's editor found my blog. I don't know what prompted her to want to feature my blog and reach out to me. But I do know that the timing was impeccable and perfect.
I went through the process of writing the article needed for the feature. Then I had to choose a selection of images that were my favorites as well as provide hi-res copies of images the editor had requested after seeing them on my blog. I had a deadline... it was in February. The Summer issue wouldn't be out until May. That translates to two things I'm not good at: waiting and patience.
Earlier this week, I was having a particularly rough day after coming out of a fatigue episode that has lasted over a month. It has left me emotionally raw. Lately, tears have come easily for seemingly minor reasons.
And then a little miracle arrived in the mail--my advance copy of the Summer issue of Artful Blogging. On top was a piece of paper that read:
You've been published in Artful Blogging
We would like to congratulate you on being published and hope you enjoy this complimentary copy that you can share with family and friends before it hits the newsstands! We wish you the best of luck with your artistic endeavors and hope you will continue to share your creations with us.Despite feeling self-conscious, a bit numb and still in a state of disbelief, I'm doing what they suggest. I'm sharing with all of you--my family and friends.
P.S. The Summer issue will be available at bookstores and retailers May 1st.