I found out the other day that I am a finalist in the historical category of GSRWA’s Emerald City Opener contest. I’m pretty psyched, especially since this is the first romance contest I’ve ever entered. It’s also a pretty popular one, and competition is stiff. I feel really lucky to be in the top three of my category, especially with my setting. The winners will be announced on the weekend of GSWRA’s conference, which means if I want to actually see the results in person, I will have to go to Seattle the last weekend of October.
Mind you, I have just gotten back from family vacation with the in-laws. We’ve just purchased this year’s curriculum for my son. As the Starks say, “Winter is coming,” and I need to save for heat this winter. And of course, the Chief has outgrown his entire winter wardrobe… I was planning on going to NJRWA’s conference in October, but had just decided that it would not be financially feasible, literally the day before I received news that I was a finalist in this contest.
Well. This conference is more expensive, and it is all the way across the country, making air travel a necessity (something I hate with every ounce of my being). Well, I COULD take a train, but that would be a very long trip. But….. Something’s telling me to give it a try. So I’m going to have to do some old fashioned fundraising. Panhandling. And I need to get the funds pretty quickly, because this conference fills up quickly. And don’t worry–I will let you all know of ways you can help ;-).
This also means I need to finish this novel! Which is definitely possible by October, but you know what happens with the best laid plans… So this week I will be shifting gears once more, so I can get back into romance writing mode. It’s probably safe to say that Writers of the Future will have to wait this quarter. I will need to have something to pitch if I do go to Seattle! Stay tuned for more details!