It's rather fitting that some things come to a close on this day -- the last day of the year.
I submitted my last entry into the Rooglewood contest this morning. I can hardly believe it took me until the day of the deadline to send it in because I'm usually earlier than that. And, even with the extra time I took, I still felt a little bit like maybe I could have done better if I had more time.
But there was no feeling of regret when I hit "send." Mostly it was just a prayer that Rooglewood would hear the heart of the message when they read it and that maybe, if I win, they could help me bring the full potential out of my little story. And there was also a feeling, after working on these stories for more than six months, that it felt good to close that chapter and move on to the next one.
I did it. I wrote them. And I'm really proud of them.
Last year, the act of hitting "send" on my contest entry catapulted me into an anticipatory state. I could not WAIT until the winners were announced. I counted the weeks until I would find out if my story made it. I counted half-weeks. :D And it was both fun and nerve-wracking -- like Christmas when you are little. But this year, I feel pretty steady. Granted, my stories have only been in flight for about 20 minutes. So maybe the rollercoaster of emotions will kick in later. Haha. Yet, for the moment, I am just resting and contented. March doesn't seem that far away.
I hope that your year has been wonderful and productive. Mine has -- with more than just the contest entries. :) May your next year be even brighter. God be with you!