Sometime, somewhere, when you least expect it…

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:

My first byline - from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 19, 2014

My first byline – from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 19, 2014

And for the paper’s online version:

http://www.timesdispatch.com/entertainment-life/travel/your-best-shot/your-best-shot-this-haunting-ruin/article_55583d5d-c2f0-53c6-b930-aa5ba5f729b0.html

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.”

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