Holy cow, what a shock to get a call early this morning to find out that I’m a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart® contest!!!!
I think I squealed, and jumped around on the couch a little, and directed Superman (who happened to be home, on his first day of vacation) to the word “Finalist!” I’d scribbled on a piece of paper. And then I grabbed this fortune-cookie paper off the ottoman tray and handed it to him while I was listening to the rest of the phone call. We’d read the fortune together last night. It said “Your hidden creative talents will soon be revealed.”
I asked a few questions on the phone, hung up in shock, and then hugged Superman and floated around on Cloud Nine a little.
I then emailed my critique partner Patti. She had to be the first to know. She helped me sooooooooooooooo much on this story, and read at least a gazillion drafts. And she listened as I walked through all my variations and listened as I whined about all my rewrites, and helped me through each and every one. I knew she’d be thrilled for me.
The finalist acknowledgement is for “Earning Wings,” my first full manuscript, which finalled in the “Single-Title Contemporary” category, along with six others.The winners will be announced at the huge RWA Nationals Event, which this year happens to be in Anaheim (practically in my back yard!) in July. (Last year it was in NYC, previously in Dallas, San Fran, etc.) I had already been talking to my mom about us going this year, since it’s so close, and already saving my pennies to purchase tickets to the weekend-long affair.
The Golden Heart is a contest among unpublished writers. At the same event at Nationals, RWA also announces the winners of the “Rita” Contest, which is like the Academy Awards of romance books. Nora Roberts is up for a Rita this year, along with Eloisa James, and many more of my romance-writing heroes!
I’M SO EXCITED!!!!
I’M SO EXCITED!!!!