So the Golden Heart and RITA Finalists are being announced tomorrow. Several writer buddies of mine have entered, and I know they are all on pins and needles as they count down the minutes, waiting to hear the results. I can certainly relate. I entered last year and spent the whole weekend before the announcement wandering nervously around my house until my husband dragged me out to a movie to try and take my mind off it.
I didn’t have a manuscript worthy of entry this year, so I’m concentrating my energy on rooting for all my buddies who entered, all of whom I have such enormous respect for. They wrote, they re-wrote, and re-wrote again, pouring their heart and soul into their stories. They polished their baby until their eyes were crossed, and then reached deep inside for the guts to send it out there for others to judge. Believe me, that takes an enormous amount of courage.
So my hat is off to those of you who entered. You inspire me with your bravery and perseverance, and I am proud to know you. Regardless of the official results, you are winners already.
Good luck to all of you.