Friday, September 14, 2012


You never know what kind of footprint you'll
leave behind, til you take a step.
At 8:01 a.m., just before I walked my kids to school, I pressed the send button on a very important email. I checked my email three times in one hour to see if there was a notification GUTGAA received my submission...none came...sigh.

I met my critique group for our bi-weekly meeting, something I look forward to for thirteen days every month, and forgot about GUTGAA for a while. I checked my email during a bathroom break thinking perhaps email notifications were sent later in the day. No email. Poop.

One of my critique partners told me to check Twitter for announcements, and sure enough Deana tweeted that the first round of submissions filled up in seconds. Well, I couldn't help but think congrats to Deana for running such a kick-ass event. I vaguely remembered the second submission window and checked my watch. I had 5 minutes to submit but was fifteen minutes from my home computer. Poop.

I searched my phone for my sent email, thank goodness for smart phones, and sure enough I was able to access and forward my submission for a second try. I pressed the send button...again. The cog wheel on the top of my phone twirled like a hamster running circles on its exercise wheel. I ran out of the cafe and held my phone in the air, yeah desperation gets us to do funny things. I dropped my head, it was 1:01 p.m. I told one of my writing partners that I'd probably missed the window.

Before heading to school to pick up my kids I checked my phone one more time for email, and smiled. I made it in. Thanks, Deana for giving me a story to tell today:)  


Traci VanWagoner said...

Yay! Congrats. I made it into the second window as well, after much staring at the clock and heart pounding waiting with my finger hovering over the send key. Good luck and now we can breathe for the weekend.

Heather M Bryant said...

Hmm I sent mine right on time and missed out. Congrats on making it in though!

Ink in the Book said...

Hi From GUTGAA! I know the meet and greet was over long ago, but there were so many signed up it may take me all month to get around to say hi to everyone.

Last week, I was bust hopping around to everyone who signed up for the blog hop.

Now, I'm back to the sign up list. Whew!

I'm so happy you made it into the Agent first round:) Yippie! Now, I'm wishing you the best of luck to make it to the next round: The agents!!

Christina Mercer said...

So glad you got in!

p.s. I should've taken a pic of you with your phone in the air, haha.

Colene Murphy said...

Yeay! Congrats and good luck in the contest! Was such a rush, submitting. I'm so lucky to have made it with such awesome writers!