I received a nice surprise in the mail yesterday. A book by the name of Exploring Nirvana: The Art of Jessica Park. What was especially nice about it was that I actually have an essay published in this book.
Back in 2004, I was involved in a FPA class at MCLA that was putting together an exhibition of Jessica Park's work. Jessica Park is a native of Williamstown, MA, which is only about 15 minutes from MCLA, and she is autistic. Her autism gives her this tremendous sense of detail and color, which has subsequently resulted in wonderful paintings of various subjects, mainly landscapes and buildings. When putting together this exhibition, everyone did an essay based off of one of her paintings along with a great deal of research on autism. After putting together the exhibition, our professor had stated he wanted to eventually put together a book with our work. Apparently the book finally got published not too long ago and my essay made it in.
I realize it is only a small thing. The book itself was published by the school and I don't even know what kind of circulation it will get. But it was a very nice feeling having something I wrote published.