So the Golden Heart entry deadline was December 2. All manuscripts had to be received by RWA on this date or else! Or else what? Disqualification. Well, guess what–my two entries didn’t arrive in time, even though I’d sent them by airmail in early November. So this means I wasted over 200 bucks in postage, entry and stationery costs. I’m unlikely to be reimbursed by the postal service and the entry fees are non-refundable.
I did want to cry my heart out yesterday when I got the dreaded disqualification email, but it’s time to look on the bright side:
- I have a licence to eat a kilo of chocolate until I am completely over this.
- I’m already a two-time Golden Heart finalist and I have an agent.
- It’s really time to hang up the contest hat and focus on writing for publication.
- I have a new book to complete and polish up.
- My Ruby-Slippered Sisters are brilliant in a crisis.
NaNoWriMo was a huge success for me personally. I completed the challenge, writing over 50,000 words in just 28 days (see sidebar). A bunch of my writing buddies also made it–Kim MacCarron, Tera Lynn Childs, Elisa Beatty, Elizabeth, Mary Strand, and Sarra Cannon. Yay for all of us!
Now it’s time to make sense of what I wrote during the NaNo whirlwind!