I’m giddy with happiness and need to share.
Writing and trying to publish a novel is a long, seriously long, journey, with very few accolades along the way.
With trepidation, I entered DESCENT in the Unhanged Arthur competition. This competition is for Canadian writers and is given for excellence in mystery, suspense and crime writing to unpublished authors.
I submitted my entry last fall. In January came the first exciting news. Descent made the long list. A wild sense of relief filled me. Descent had made it that far, and I felt pretty good. Now, all I had to do was wait until April 24th for the short list announcement.
That’s sounds easy, right?
Wrong. I didn’t sleep for the four nights leading up to the announcement. On the night of the 24th, I went to bed not knowing if Descent made the list or not. I woke up more times than I want to admit, but forced myself not to turn on my computer and check. If Descent wasn’t on the list, I knew I was in for a completely sleepless night.
On the morning of the 25th, I took my first sip of coffee, opened my laptop and collected my email.
The first message I read was from a facebook friend. The text read : Congrats on making the short list.
I looked up at my husband and smiled.
“I told you, you would make it,” he said with a big grin on his face.
Next I read the email from CWC (Crime Writers of Canada) with the official notice that Descent was short listed.
I asked my husband to read the email, just to make sure I wasn’t reading only what I wanted to see.
“Yup, he said. You made it.”
Friday turned out to go by in a blur. I couldn’t quite believe I was on the list.
Saturday morning, I woke up with the first feeling of happiness about the award.
I’m still in the middle of my journey, but once in a while it’s good to stop and enjoy small successes.
Thanks for reading . . .
Here are the places I found the announcement:
Blog Mystery Fanfare
Blog Criminal Element
Blog Mystery Mavin Canada
Blog Black Mask
Blog The Rap Sheet
Blog Mystery Scene