I have won a Literary Arts Fellowship for my novel in progress. Still a bit in shock. I really had -almost- forgotten that I had applied. This is the second time and I thought it was a long shot. I mean, I still feel like such a beginner as a writer, though when I recently looked up some queries, I realized that I've been sending things out for at least 8 years. Not that those first stories were very good, but 8 years is a while.
After my initial screaming, my thoughts quickly turned to, "Damm, now I really have to finish it and it has to be good." No pressure! I have to admit that I had hit a low point and this Fellowship is a great vote of confidence. I've already done more work in a week than I had in the two months before.