I generally live by the motto "it's the journey, not the destination." But taking first place in the Pacific Northwest Literary Contest is mighty sweet. Was it the applause? Partly. Because after being finalist 3 of the past 4 years, my friends were cheering. Was it my daughter's squeal? Partly for sure. She jumped up and hugged me in front of 600 people. Was it knowing that the hard work had paid off. Definitely.
What's funny, though, is that writing 10s of 1000s of words, the 151 word picture book
WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T THINK ABOUT A DRAGON
took the prize.