I am doing the happy dance today. My Wattpad story "Swordplay", a YA fantasy murder mystery, made it into the final round in "The Write Awards 2013". This contest is looking for well crafted stories on Wattpad, and the competition was fierce. We started out with nearly 100 participants and have been narrowed down to 10 by now. Mid-August, they will announce the winner.
Also, my novel "Scotland's Guardians" passed the first round of judging for the "Kindle Book Review: Best eBook 2013 Award" and is now a semifinalist in the Young Adult category.
Finally, two of my short stories have been accepted for (paid) publication in anthologies in the US. One story made it into the "Think Sideways Writers Anthology" of writing teacher Holly Lisle, the other will be published in an anthology by Freedom Forge Press.
All these good news make up for the fact that I don't get much done with the kids on holiday.
Have a good time,