I just really want to thank Dale Warland and the good folks at G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard for this:
It's my first publication with one of the major houses. It's a very short choral setting of "The Lord Bless You and Keep You," easy and tuneful, not some magnum opus, but today when I opened the package from Hal Leonard with the first actual copies of the choral octavo and pulled them out and looked at them and saw they were real, I burst into tears.
More about the MCE Xmas piece soon; it's coming along well, but to share what I've done since my last entry, I'll need to engrave examples. Stay tuned.