In all my dreams of seeing my name in a byline for the first time, I never envisioned today’s scenario. As I was reading the Sunday newspaper, my son phoned to congratulate me on becoming, not only a published writer, but also a published photographer. After sensing my puzzlement, he directed me to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s column called, “Your Best Shot.” There I discovered the photo and short write-up I’d submitted to the paper almost six months ago—a submission which had received no acknowledgment, no response. I had chalked it off as having entered that black hole of hopes whence none return. I couldn’t have been more surprised if I’d been caught on Candid Camera.
Drum roll, please:
And for the paper’s online version:
This may be a baby step toward becoming a published author, but it’s a step, nonetheless. And steps eventually add up…
“But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”