Last year when I went to the ASJA (the American Society of Journalists and Authors) annual meeting in April I was a bit of a sourpuss at the awards ceremony.
I was proud of all of those award winners but jealous too.
I’ve watched writers go to the podium to receive awards for years now and I wanted to be one of them! The story I submitted last year was on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine and also chosen to be in BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING but somehow that didn’t seem as impressive as winning an ASJA award.
“I think I want recognition from my peers,” I explained in a small voice to Andrea Cooper, an amazing writer I know through ASJA who ALWAYS wins awards (and totally deserves them). “Even honorable mention…”
This morning I got a phone call from ASJA. Linda Marsa told me that I won an award for Best Article in the category of Lifestyle Narrative Nonfiction for a story I did for More Magazine about Denise Cerreta, an entrepreneur who is fighting waste in the restaurant business and started a restaurant with no menus and no prices in Salt Lake City. You can read the article on-line here.
So I’ve been doing a happy dance instead of working.
Professionally this has been a hard quarter. I took time off after Leone was born in November without enough money in the bank to finance my self-given maternity. Last week the maternity leave and the dry spell ended with a big assignment (the one I should be working on right now) but it is going to take awhile to climb out of the hole we fell in with no safety net.
So it’s especially good timing for me to get a small feather for my tattered cap.
ASJA’s conference is the weekend of April 24th. See you there?!