After a month of sick pets and a week of sick me, I was ready for some good news. And boy, did the Universe send some my way.
Turns out that my poem, "Inside the New Mall", has taken third place in the Writer's Digest Poetry Competition. This means that I have won fabulous prizes! Like money! and my name and the name of the poem in the August (!) issue of Writer's Digest! and the respect of my parents and Mitch the barrista!
Needless to say, I'm tickled pink.