An unexpected turn of events

About an hour ago I received an email in response to my application to be a blogging partner at the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The following all-too-familiar phrase caught my eye:

‘We had an extremely high calibre of applications this year …’

I was mentally preparing myself to combat the onslaught of negative self-talk that often ensues after a rejection (‘you’re wasting everyone’s time’, ‘you’re really not that good’, ‘maybe you should consider doing something productive with your life’ etc. ) when I read the rest of the sentence:

‘… and yours stood out to all of us on the team as one of the best. We’re thrilled to have you on board, and can’t wait to see you at the Festival.’

Wait, what? This is a new concept! I went back and read the email from the start.

Hello Lovely Blogger Applicant,

Happy Friday – you’ve been selected to be one of this years Emerging Writers Festival Bloggers! Congratulations! 
We had an extremely high calibre of applications this year, and yours stood out to all of us on the team as one of the best. We’re thrilled to have you on board, and can’t wait to see you at the Festival.

 

The funny thing is, I had been so hell-bent on receiving another rejection, that I didn’t even notice the good news written in the opening sentence of the email. Prior to receiving the email, I knew that I was going to blog about my festival experience, anyway. I was already excited about the impending festival, and looking forward to sharing the wisdom and wonder of the various festival events with you. It’s just been an added bonus (and has put a bit of a kick in my step) to receive the news that my relatively new blog will be part of the EWF14 blogs.

NUMFAR – DO THE DANCE OF JOY!

Reproduced with permission from Emerging Writer's Festival

Reproduced with permission from Emerging Writer’s Festival