“Your work has been named as a Finalist in the 2016 Arizona Literary Contest.” These were the first words that greeted me when I saw the email. Wow! I was very happy, but amazed since Tremors in the Cloister was my first published work. To me, it was practice. I had read a lot of books on writing: the “how-to’s” and the “avoid this”. I never thought that this work would be a finalist in the contest. Entering the contest was another practice. There were times when I wondered if I should be doing this (writing), feeling that I must be at best mediocre, but now I am encouraged that I am not so bad after all.