1. It’s a READER contest, and it’s always nice to know they like what your blood, sweat and tears produced.
2. It’s on my “home turf” so to speak, so congrats from my friends, writers I’ve known for years, since before I became published, is especially gratifying. They were there with guidance and encouragement when I was struggling, and now can celebrate a victory with one of their own. And people still in the “pre/PRO” trenches can see that it IS possible. Maybe it’s MY turn to inspire/encourage someone else.
3. It’s always nice to see a fantasy hold its own against paranormal, since we regularly get outshone by genre as a whole. (In 2010 I came in second to Pamela Palmer w/Duality in this same contest. I posted on her Facebook page that day—I love her books, and was thrilled to be runner up to her.)
They announce the winners on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the WisRWA Conference. I’m bummed b/c I can’t go. My last day of work—and I have the letter to prove it—was 5/31/13 and you HAVE to work your last day or lose your severance. So I didn’t sign up to go to Conference. Yesterday, I got pulled into the manager’s office—usually never a good thing for a serf like me—and informed that my NEW end date is 6/28/13. I’m working 4 more weeks—2 more paychecks and 4 more weeks of insurance, which is a good thing. I know that, I’m really not dumb. For my family’s sake I’m grateful. But there was the writer-part of me that cried (inside), “I could have gone to Conference!” Because now it’s WAY too late to register or get a room.
I’m going to be stalking my email and Facebook on Saturday—I’ve begged my friends who are going for SOMEONE to sneak me a message after the luncheon, before the suspense kills me…
(My coworkers think that’s very strange—they think I’M very strange—but my writer friends will understand. Sometimes the rewards are few and far between, and it’s nice to enjoy them when they come.)