This hasn’t been the best week in recent memory.
I’ve both crashed my car, bought just four days earlier, and 48 hours later I smashed my phone screen carrying a 50kg beer barrel at work.
Things could be worse.
Despite aquaplaning, shooting up a grass bank and into a dry stone wall before two-wheeling onto the other side of the road, I came out with just a small bruise on my knee and a slightly stiff neck.
My phone was also on the brink of failure as it’s five years old now so a new one was probably due.
Phone aside, I found it frustrating dealing with three useless companies in regards to my car. The insurance company, recovery company and garage all successfully proving incapable of liaising between one another.
I took a break to check my emails before I put a hole in a wall or a verbal hole in some poor, underpaid telephone operative’s ear. Opening my email, I saw a reply from ‘Imustbeoff’ in regards to the competition I had entered an article into.
I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition
The email didn’t offer good news either.
Relatively, not making the shortlist in a competition after just a few months of writing isn’t too bad but it was an unwelcome notification during what’s been a challenging few days.
Still, at first attempt, I got into the top 10% of entries from over 400 budding writers worldwide.
Before I post it on Medium, I’m going to pitch the article to a couple of magazines in the hope of getting published. Achieving this should go some way to improving my mood and would put me one step further towards a world where I don’t have to carry 50kg beer barrels for a living!
Fingers crossed and I’ll keep you updated!