Yup, it is official. I am now a Published Poet. Sent in something I wrote way back in 06, to Willows Wept Review, and they like it.
I have sent stories out to several magazines, but the best response so far has been an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train, for my entry to their Fiction Open competition. In the Valley is 9,000+ words, which is an awkward length, a long short story but not yet a novella.
Perhaps that will be the start of my second novel. Oh yes, the first is pretty much complete, but it would be better to send it out to publishers with some kind of publishing history, hence the push to get stories out there.
The title is Eland Dances-- you will have to read it to see why.