So, this happened…

Chicken Soup for the SoulLast spring a friend of mine, pointed me to a submission call for Chicken Soup for the Soul. She thought I may have a story that would be suitable. 2014 has been the year of being brave with my writing, and since a story idea came to mind immediately, I figured I had nothing to lose.

On the last day of our camping trip to Cape Breton, my husband and I were faced with one of those rainstorms that erases visibility and is a little scary to drive in. I was the navigator, and my husband asked me to find a place to pull over. Right then, my phone–attached to the dashboard for its GPS function–displayed an email.

“Congratulations,” it said. “Your story made it to the final selection.” I squealed.

My husband panicked. “Sorry,” I said. “I may have sold my story.”

“Can you get us to someplace safe and then squeal?” he said.

Just then, the rain let up, we continued on our way, and I read out the email to him. A month later, and I received the news that my story had indeed been selected for the Christmas in Canada edition. This is my first publishing credit, and I’m delighted that a story from my childhood made the cut.

It’s been hard to keep that secret, but I wanted a chance to send the book to my parents as a surprise. Last week, the books came in and I mailed them out to a few key people. Mom wrote to say she got it, and loved the surprise so now, I can share it here.

Chicken Soup for the Soul–Christmas in Canada will be available on October 14th, 2014 both in retail and online stores. Next month, I’m attending a launch party in Toronto, where many of the contributors will be participating in a group book-signing.

Celebrate with me–leave a comment to this blog post. We’ll put the names in a hat and draw two winners on November 1st.

The prize will be a copy of the signed book mailed to you right after the launch party. 

29 thoughts on “So, this happened…

  1. This is so wonderful! You are the most tenacious, creative and best overcomer I know. Happy the world will get the opportunity to read what you wrote. Hope we can get it here in the States. XXX

    1. You should be able to Joan…if you can’t, let me know and I’ll make sure you get a copy!

  2. I am soooo happy for you.
    I’ll make sure to get my copy. I’m so proud of all you have accomplished and it suits you. You look better and happier than ever.

    Congradulations well deserve. Miss you a lot.


    1. Thank you, Maryse. Retirement is one of the best decisions I ever made, and writing has been bringing me much joy. Miss you too!

    1. Thanks Celeste, I will. And thanks for sending the prompt my way to begin with.

  3. Congrats Crystal. It must be so exciting to see your own story published! May there be many more!

    1. Thanks Barb, I hope so. It’s been so great reconnecting with you guys. Love your prairie hearts.

  4. Once again, Crystal, you amaze me! I am so happy for you. Keep smiling!

    1. Thank you Pat. You have always been one of my very best encouragers, and I appreciate it so much!

  5. Crystal, so proud of you and thrilled to already have my copy for my birthday!! Woot, woot! Love it!!!

    1. You’re welcome, my friend. You asked for it and I am delighted to deliver it to your doorstep!

  6. so excited for you my friend. And the early release is a sweet surprise. Congratulations!!!!

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