Yesterday was a good day–no, make that a great day for my writing career!

It began with an e-mail stating that my website was up and I was free to personalize it. It’s still a work-in-progress, but I’m having fun learning and tinkering.

And then, shortly after noon, I received the call my gut told me I wasn’t going to get: My Contemporary Romance is a semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest for unpublished authors! I truly was speechless.

After hanging up, I called my loudest cheerleader, my husband Marv, and gave him the good news, then I sent off an e-mail to my priceless critique partners: Lorna, Shannon, Jerri, and Steph. Without them, I’d still be wandering in Unrecognized Land.

So, I’m Snoopy dancing and tinkering on my website when the phone rings again, a mere 18 minutes later. I told myself, “No, it couldn’t be.” Then I looked at the caller I.D. and I began to shake. I answered  with a quiver in my voice and was told my Women’s Fiction entry is also a semi-finalist. And I thought I was speechless before!

I fired off another call to Marv and another e-mail to my critique partners.

And sent up a prayer of thanks.

After all, He is my audience and I know He’s celebrating with me.

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Phillippians 3:13-14

Congratulations to all the Genesis semi-finalists!


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