Not an agent beating a path to my door. Not a publication success or even a competition prize. Come on folks, this is me we're talking about.
No. I've actually managed to complete (okay, to first draft stage) a short story that I am actually quite pleased with. And it's all because of the excellent short story course Art of The Short Story run by Tom Vowler and Zoe Lambert. It's a six week on-line course that looks in depth at the literary short story. There's a comprehensive weekly tutorial and the chance to develop a story or story throughout the six weeks where participants are encouraged to comment critically on stories posted by others on the course.
It's worth every penny. Although there's no pressure whatsoever, you are encouraged to see the project through from the first few hundred words to a completed draft. I am not a boot-camp, do-it-now-or-else person. I tend to run screaming in the other direction. But I like intelligent encouragement. (I don't mean bland praise either. That's just as bad.)
So I did it and now am happy to knuckle down and start chipping away at the snarly bits and polishing it to a shine.
But first I'm going to treat myself.
Not to this.
(Unfortunately alcohol no longer likes me and makes me feel ill.)
But to this - now my only addiction - and lots of it.
And maybe one of these (when no-one is looking).
Then it's back to work...