This week I accomplished one of my goals - after entering the TARA Contest for four years, I finally finaled this year. I was stunned and shocked when I got the call a couple of days ago and heard the news that my entry in the historical category was a finalist. It's not my first final, but it certainly rates right up 'there' as an achievement in my writing career. It might have something to do with stubbornness or, as one of my friends said in a congratulatory email today, dogged determination.
I don't believe in coincidences, but lately I've had several people wonder how I can go on and on, year after year, and never give up writing my stories. Giving up has never been an option for me - well, maybe I did throw in the towel once for ten days after a contest rejection, but I was so unhappy that I opened the computer and jumped back into my story. By the way, it's the story that just finaled.
I actually love writing, spending time with my characters, all the great friends and experiences at Nationals. Then there is that other thing, my addiction. It's my excuse for having Gerard Butler photos in my computer and a few other places. ;) He is, after all, my inspiration for creating amazingly charismatic heroes.
I prefer calling it determined and not stubborn, but either way it's a trait that I'm proud of.