Yes, my successes have been few and far between of late but I found out this morning that I have finalled in the RWNZ Great Beginnings Contest! Big woots for me!! I’ve entered this competition for the past three years with no luck but this time round hit the mark and I’m extremely pleased!
I’m even more pleased because the kind of writing I fluked for the High Five, I put consciously, using all I’ve learned about conflict and character, into this story. That didn’t mean I expected it to come anywhere. The judges could easily have hated my story and my characters no matter how well they were written. But they certainly liked it enough to give it some good scores and I’m pretty damn thrilled about it.
The story isn’t a Riva story, it’s a Presents/Modern, which made it a nice change for me. Anyway, have no idea how the final judging will go, suffice to say that I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got already. 🙂
Some wise people have told me to celebrate any success in this tough industry, so here’s what I’m doing – Hoo is passing round some vintage Krug on a silver tray…please, help yourself. And while you’re doing it, share some successes you’ve had lately. It doesn’t matter what it is, big or small, let me know so I can raise a glass!