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Final fun?

I will never deny that finaling in the Golden Heart® and two other contests has been awesome. Never. However, it has added an unexpected level of stress and distraction to my life this past week.

The email from all of my new loops could be a full-time job in itself. And now I’m freaking out because I need to get my updated partial back to one of the contests by Friday. I also need to jump on this and get my queries out there while my final status is still hot, while preparing my full manuscript just in case I get a request.

But most stressful of all, someone reminded me that when I got to Nationals this summer, my picture will be flashed up on the big screen for at least a thousand authors, agents, and editors to see during the awards ceremony. Ack! Sufficiently frightened, I scrambled to get a photographer because said photo is due—you guessed it—Friday.

My photo session is tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed that I manage not to open the cabinet door into my face before tomorrow morning.

But the final straw in my basket of stress was the dry cleaners. You know that pile of professional wear that has been sitting in my closet gathering mold for months? Oops, the tops I wanted to wear for my photo shoot were in there. I dropped off my stuff early yesterday and was assured it could be ready by this evening.

W-e-l-l. We had a nasty storm overnight and the power went out and the dry cleaning wasn’t done. She told me I could pick it up tomorrow at ten. One. Hour. Before. My. Shoot. Dubious and afraid to not have a backup plan, I skipped Kung Fu and went the to mall where I found something that is not really what I wanted, but close.

So if my new, not-so-cheap, professional photo sucks, I can blame it on the weather. But in the end, I have nothing to complain about. I just have to remember the reason I’m going through all this in the first place.

And the smile is back.

Tell your friends!


  1. Reply

    Ah, the stresses of a champion… like any good romance novels, your story will also have a happy ending. Momentum is on your side! I’m mustering up a bunch of positive karma to shoot your way. I’ll need about 30 more minutes to meditate 🙂 Win Always!

  2. KM Fawcett


    Gwen, I think your numbers are off by a thousand. Aren’t there 2000 authors, agents, editors, librarians, and book reviewers at the RWA awards ceremony? No pressure, though. 😉

    I’m sure your photo shoot will be wonderful and you’ll have a great pic when you’re done. I can’t wait for them to call your name at nationals!

    • Reply

      Ha, thanks, Mirella. It’s supposed to be tomorrow morning. At this point, I’m just hoping it happens because I’m short on time and options now. =)

  3. Reply

    Good luck with the photo shoot this morning. Remember that you’re pretty, talented, and beat out hundreds of other people for this shot – that will make you shine. 🙂

  4. Reply

    See, this post just makes me really like you. I have no doubt that great things will continue to find you, including a perfect pic for your awards ceremony. *waves Gwen flag*

    • Reply

      Aw, thanks, mesummer! My pic is finally done, and should update on the site here in the next hour or so. Believe it or not, my photographer ended up in the hospital the morning of my appointment. I got his message while sitting outside his house because I arrived too early.

      But, he recommended a backup, and she did an awesome job, and got me the disk tonight after my CPA class (10:30pm!) so I could upload it to the RWA office and quit stressing.

      Jeez, I’m not usually one for the drama, but wow! 😉

      Some day, you and I should eat scones together!

  5. Arlene


    I just dropped by to check out your blog. Like you, I’m thrilled to be a finalist … but totally stressing over myriad things. Like: What if the government shuts down? I’m afraid I won’t get my tax refund in time to register for the conference.

    • Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Arlene! This whole thing is a bit overwhelming isn’t it?

      Did you file your taxes electronically? I hear those will still go through. The government shut down is going to hurt a lot of people if it happens. My husband is military, so full-time work with no pay until the gov’t reopens. For both our sakes, I hope Congress figures it out today!

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