In the midst of all my novel angst and worry, (And I liked Jeff Lyon's previous comment to have a book about the novelist's struggle with the work, by the way), I find that the short story, The Neighborhood Watch, that jumpstarted the novel I'm working on now has been nominated by Backspace into the very prestigious Best New American Voices 2010 anthology!
The story has been published before, selected by Alice Hoffman for a Four Points edition.
I'm dumbfounded. And honored. And thrilled. And relieved. And some of it is still anxiety, because, why after all my novels am I still a new voice? I will say, the other nominee, A.S. King, wrote a fabulous story called Monica Never Shuts Up .
Ok, well, a nomination is a nomination and a wonderful thing, in any case, and now back to the novel at hand, because a novelist is a novelist, too.