- Free congratulatory lunches with my closest friends!!! Thanks Ant and Lin for celebrating my successes with me. It’s amazing to have had decades of our life journey together.
- The awesome reviews by fellow bloggers, family, personal friends, writing buddies, and unknown but always appreciated reviewers. You guys took the time to read my stuff and share your thoughts. That is so precious to me. As a writer, your support and feedback is invaluable. Thank you!
- People now believe I am a writer. Despite the 5 years of writing, placing in an international contest gives me “Writing” creds. What’s always been a serious venture to me is suddenly serious to others too.
- I’ve made my parents proud. They took me to dinner to celebrate. But more importantly they’ve been supporting my writing for years and now they get to share in this “win” with me. Every round that I advanced we screamed and danced together. Except Dad, er, he doesn’t dance. 🙂
- I’ve gotten a couple requests from agents on the novel.
- It’s a definite confidence booster to have several individuals judge my work and move it forward in the contest.
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