So many good things lately!

So much good stuff has been happening lately, that I feel like I’m floating on happy and grinning so often!

I just moved, and didn’t have internet acess for a week and a half because my internet provider messed up. I felt SO internet deprived. (No, that’s not the good thing.) (laughing) I had a bunch of friends come over for a painting party, and then another day to help me move–and it was lovely! Including writers Erin Thomas, Aaron Thomas, Lena Coakley, Claudia Osmond, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Nancy Prasad, and Aino Anto, and my friend Bella. They made it so much more fun than I thought it could be! I love my new place–it feels so good! Filled with happy energy of good friends.

And then I finally got internet access back last night–and discovered that SCARS has been nominated for the Stonewall Award (for lesbian/gay YA fiction) from ALA! Incredible! That is so exciting! And such an honor to be nominated.

And then I found out that Scars got a *starred* review from School Library Journal! (laughing happily). I didn’t realize this until my editor told me, but it’s a big thing. SLJ has limited stars that they give out–so it means a lot. And the review–oh, it is beautiful! I can’t wait til it comes out May 1st!

And then, today, when I was picking up medication for my little dog, I told the vet assistant about Scars being nominated for the Stonewall award, and getting a starred review. She’s always been so friendly with me, and it felt hard to hold in my happiness and excitement. She was happy for me–which felt so good! And then when I was turning to leave, a lovely man who was sitting in the waiting room holding his cat asked if I had the book with me and if he could buy it. (The one time i wasn’t carrying it with me!) I told him that he could get it on Amazon.ca, and he said he’d buy it as soon as he got home. (He said he’s an avid reader.) He got me to write down my name and the book title on a card, and he said after he read it he’d bring it back to the vet’s and leave it there for a month or so, and asked if I’d sign it. I said yes. (laughing) It made me feel so happy! It may seem like a little thing, but–it felt incredible. And it came from just me briefly talking about Scars (in a happy way, not bragging) to someone, and then talking with them both about books. People like that make me want to hug them.

So much happiness lately!! I wanted to share it. I feel like I’m bursting with it! (grinning)

I hope good things have been happening for all of you. What’s been making you happy lately?

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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8 Responses to So many good things lately!

  1. Shari says:

    Thanks for sharing your happiness! It practically bubbled from the computer screen as I read your post, and I LOVED reading it! So glad good things are happening for you! Also, yay for the wonderful man at the vet’s. 🙂

  2. Shari, *thank you*. (beaming) I’m so glad you felt my happiness and excitement–so glad it felt good to read! Your comment felt good to read, for me. 🙂

  3. Pat Aust says:

    It is such a thrill to get your book in your hands and to get good reviews! (wow–a starred review from SLJ!) Congrats! My agent is sending my YA set in a battered women’s shelter to WestSide. Hope Evelyn likes mine enough to buy it, too! Pat Aust

  4. Pat, thank you (beaming). It is a thrill!

    A YA set in a women’s shelter–that sounds interesting! Good luck. 🙂

  5. Mark says:

    Congrats! And – at the risk of being redundant – your post brought a smile to my (and my son’s) face. Love to hear when good things happen to people! Best of luck to you ~

  6. Mark, that’s not redundant at all! That’s lovely. Thank you for telling me. 🙂

  7. Cheryl
    sharing those days or weeks (or more!!!)when things beautifully line up…it’s hopeful..inspiring.. uplifting and darn great!!! Increasing The Awesome for us all, thank you!

  8. Thank you, Julie (beaming) That felt so good to read!

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