A year and a day ago, I got the magic call, telling me I was a finalist in the Golden Heart® contest. (In fact, in an odd twist, I ended up going out to supper last night at the same restaurant seated at the same table as one year ago. Of course, I wasn’t about to cook supper that night. I was on the verge of becoming a famous author.)
So this year, a new GH® class has been ushered in. In the run-up to this auspicious day, I felt a growing sense of excitement, as if I’d entered the contest myself. It was more a question of being happy and anticipating my friends finaling. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if I knew everyone on that finalist list?” I don’t, but I know quite a few of them now.
Congratulations, Kathleen! Kathleen is one of my CPs and has been working toward this day a lot longer than I had been at this time last year. Why she’s never finaled before this, I’ll never know. I can only hope she follows fast in my footsteps and sells in the same year she finaled.
Congratulations, Wendy! Wendy is one of my fellow Lalala sisters, and I’ve seen the beginning of her finaling MS. I’m not at all shocked to see her name on the list. Another finalist from this group is Jan, who, sadly, doesn’t seem to have a website.
Congratulations, Tracy! I’ve gotten to know Tracy over the last year since we were both first-time finalists together. We’ve recently begun trading chapters. I’ve read her finaling MS, and, once again, I am no shocked at all to see it on the list.
Contgratulations, Elisa! Elisa finaled along with her sister Eileen, whose work I judged in a contest last year. In that entry, I wanted to predict seeing her name on the finalists list today, but I also didn’t want to jinx her.
Everyone, remember these names, because I’m sure you’ll be seeing them on the spine of a book at some point in the not-too-distant future.