I've just received word that I can spill one piece of my big, good news.
I received an Artist's Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in support of my manuscript-in-progress!!
At the time, I had only envisioned the Matthew Shepard poems and the Vertigo section of the book. The strange science-fiction section at the end was a complete surprise.
EVEN BETTER: four wonderful other artists I know also received grants during this cycle: poet Sean Nevin, poet Stephanie Lenox (who has been giving me amazing feedback on my work as I write it), memoirist Tania Katan, and visual artist Angela Ellsworth.
Please join me in congratulating them.