Today I am sending out HUGE thank yous to all of you who read my chapter in the New Voices comp. I know, there’s still two weeks to go till we hear about the finalists but honestly, I’m so grateful that I almost don’t care if I place or not (almost!). 😉
To say I’m thrilled with how many people like it would be a massive understatement. Really, it doesn’t get any better than having a whole bunch of people say ‘yeah, we like what you’ve written’. Having had polarising comments in other competitions, I truly didn’t expect so many people to enjoy it. I feel a bit like like Sally Field – ‘You like me! You really like me!’ 🙂
I also wanted to say big kudos to all my fellow entrants. It’s harsh out there and putting your work on the public stage for everyone to comment on is never easy. But if you’ve hit that submit button, shout it out with pride. Or if you’re not the shouty kind of person, be quietly pleased with yourself. It takes guts to put yourself out there.
This year has been horribly frustrating for my writing. I’ve felt like I’ve been standing still and not going anywhere for a large proportion of it. And I have to say, if not for my lovely CPs and blog friends, I would have given this whole thing away. Truly, without your support, I probably wouldn’t have written that chapter. So I’ve instructed Hoo to whip up a bunch of chocolate martinis to show my appreciation (there are a couple of virgin ones in there for those of you who prefer your chocolate unadulterated. Please help yourselves, you deserve it. 🙂