Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July

Happy Fourth to all! It's been a gray, dreary, cool day here, with rain in the morning -- which was fine with me, as I didn't have any plans outside the house anyway. The evening will be spent poking at my manuscript some more and getting it ready to go out to a couple more places (for me), napping (for the one cat), and hiding under the bed because of all the noisy noise outside (for the other cat).

Chewing on some final thoughts on the whole process of the grant I had this past year. All in all it was a good experience, and for anyone who's getting close to having a book manuscript completed, getting a grant that helps with those big old contest/reading fees is a wonderful thing -- investigate the possibilities in your own state if you can.

In honor of the holiday, and also in honor of Asbury Park fortuneteller Madam Marie, who died the other day at age 93 -- here is "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," vintage 1978 edition from Passaic, NJ. Enjoy.


KATE EVANS said...

I've applied for multiple grants for organizations I've worked for and have gotten them--but I've never been fortunate enough to get one for just myself... Some of the applications are so complicated I'm not sure the amount of time spent on doing them is worth it. But I'm glad you've found it worthwhile.

Anne said...

Kate - This application wasn't too bad. Took me a few days to get it together, but for $2000 it was worth it. Even if I hadn't gotten the grant, the process would have been useful -- just clarifying what I needed to do in order to push myself to the next level. It can be a crap shoot though, for sure!