Take This Grant and Call Me in the Morning

Posted on 31 May 2011

Last week was kind of rough. I was still recovering from my combination Houston-Portland trip, I had a busy workweek with a tight production deadline, I was struggling with my novel revisions and, to top it off, I was on the verge of getting sick.

By mid-week, I had about had it. I was at work considering a lunchtime desk nap when a simple phone call completely changed my mood: The Ohioana Library Association called to notify me that I had won the 2011 Walter Rumsey Marvin grant. At that moment, any symptoms of looming sickness magically disappeared.

The Ohioana Library Association awards the Walter Rumsey Marvin grant each year to an Ohio writer (either born in Ohio or, like me, a resident for a minimum of 5 years) age 30 or under who has not yet published a book. The timing was perfect: Not only is this my last year of age eligibility, but once Living Arrangements comes out, I’ll no longer qualify for awards for unpublished writers. My grant application included the first 60 pages of my novel in progress, Opal, so this is another boost for that manuscript.

Better yet, this good news seems to have mysteriously cured my “illness” full stop. Peter pointed out that he now knows how to make me feel better whenever I’m slightly sick: Give me a thousand dollars and tell me I’m an awesome writer.

After all these years together, why is he just figuring this out now?

In all seriousness, I’m thrilled not only that Ohioana chose me for this grant, but also that they support young, emerging writers this way. I’ll be in Columbus to officially accept the grant during the Ohioana Awards Weekend this October. An excerpt of Opal will also be published in a forthcoming issue of Ohioana Quarterly, which is fantastic (and will lead to more cats+journals photos for this blog, naturally).

So remember – any time that special writer in your life feels a little under the weather, throw a wad of cash her way and praise her writing. Works like a charm.

What makes you feel better when you’re sick? When was the last time someone called you with good news? Do you think I can make it through that luncheon without doing something embarrassing like thanking my cats for all their support?

Photo: WindRanch

15 responses to Take This Grant and Call Me in the Morning

  • Downith says:

    Congratulations Laura !That’s exciting news!I know it’s not as exciting as winning my blog contest today, but still . . .

    and BTW when exactly is Living Arrangements coming out?

    • I definitely am excited to win your blog contest. :) And I’m also thankful for your tenacity in trying to find out when Living Arrangements comes out! I still don’t have a set publication date, but I just spoke to my editor this morning, and we are shooting for an October release. More details as they come. You know me…once we set the final pub date, I’ll probably photograph my cats with that calendar page or something equally obnoxious.

  • Margosita says:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    Congrats. Can’t wait for the kitty photos (and your continued success and health, haha!).

  • Hi Laura,

    What a wonderful time to stop over and meet you. Congratulations! I can only imagine the skip in your gait just about now. Amazing what good news can do for the soul. By the way, I love the name Opal. I’m assuming it’s a character’s name. If not, it doesn’t really matter. Makes me want to read the story anyway.

    Relish this time. It’s completely yours!

  • Averil Dean says:

    Wooo hoooo!!! Good for you, Laura. Congratulations! I’m thrilled for you! (Also feeling rather spiffy about myself, to be in such good company.)

  • Lyra says:

    That is fantastic!
    And we expect a full report on the Cat Acceptance Speech. Everyone needs their eccentricity, no? You have to give the biographer something to work with down the road…

  • lisahgolden says:

    Good news like this makes me feel better. Congratulations! What a wonderful cure.

    I loved this line: After all these years together, why is he just figuring this out now?

    Laughed out loud and had to read the whole post to a curious MathMan who says congratulations, too.

  • Deb says:

    Oh, that’s great, Laura! Congratulations! Looking forward to cute cat pics and especially the pub date for Opal.

  • Teri says:

    Wow wow wow, Laura! Congratulations again. I should just come here everyday and say, Congratulations! (oh, wait, I already AM!)

    Isn’t it funny how things come in bunches like this? You’re going along, thinking you’re doing okay, just okay, and then Wham, it’s like somebody knocked over the first domino in the line and they just keep falling — in a good way.

    Cheers to you. What a 2011 you’re having …. May it keep on keeping on.

    • Thank you, thank you. :) I have basically run out of active submissions, so I better get busy if I want to keep up the momentum. I have really enjoyed this recent break from submitting, though. All in due time.

  • amyg says:

    so i just left bobbi’s where i was all jealous about the wigs at the street fair, and now i’m really jealous because every time i show up you got something very cool in a writer way going on.

    look at you!

    congrats congrats

    (the other day i saw a bumper sticker that said, “Dear Lord, Please help me be the person my cat thinks I am.” It made me think of you and Lisa.

    • I love that bumper sticker! Even if it does make me want to tone down the crazy a bit if people see cat-related bumper stickers and think of me.

      Oh, who am I kidding. I’m honored you thought of me. To cats!

  • Claire says:

    Congratulations! That’s amazing; I hope I can check out the excerpt of your book at some point!

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