Cycling, Wine, and Men Honored as Book Award Finalist
Most days I hope for good things to happen and settle for the every day world continuing on. Today was different. This morning I had the BEST news ever in my email box!
I am writing with great news! Your book has been named a Finalist in the Memoirs (Other) category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations!
And not only was my book a finalist in the Memoir category but also the Travel category. Wow! My book a finalist in a book award contest? Now, I’ve won many awards in my life: age group medals in t-shirt races, trophies in speech contests, even a plaque from the SBA as Small Business Media Advocate. Yet, writing is something that is so dear to my heart, something I aspire to do well.
Years ago when I took a writing class with a particularly harsh teacher, she would review my drafts and send them back with red marks everywhere and harsh comments for me when she told me how flawed my writing was. I was a much more fragile writer at the time, and her words stung me deeply. I remember after one class I felt so badly about my writing that I thought I should drop the class and not write anymore.
More than any other pursuit, writing is close to my soul. So achieving finalist status in a book contest is an honor that is deeper than a medal or a sticker on my book. It validates that maybe I have a little bit of talent at this after al.
I feel very humbled and so grateful for this opportunity and exposure. I’m headed to New York City to a reception at the Plaza Hotel later this month. I feel a little like Cinderalla getting to go to the ball. Thank you to all my friends and fans for your support of me. I appreciate all of you.
What exciting news! I’m thrilled for you. Thanks for the reminder of the importance of knowing, and acting on, what’s closest to our hearts. That you got your book written and published is an inspiration to me; that it’s being considered for such an award must be extremely gratifying for you. Congratulations!