This won’t be a very long post. Mostly because a) I’m still rather stunned by it all and b) I have a truckload of work on my desk that needs to get done before I can even think of sitting down to write. But after a weekend of slaving away on the edits to House Hunt before glueing myself to the laptop to proof-read Ghosts, this happened yesterday morning….
I got an email to tell me that Job Hunt had made it into the finals of this year’s Rainbow Awards.
And it came as a total surprise.
Seeing Jack’s story alongside names that line my bookshelf and populate my kindle was… surreal. I’m sure that while my husband might appreciate the silence, speechless and gaping like a goldfish isn’t a good look for me. Still, the unexpected surprise, plus the feeling that House Hunt is really coming along – thank you, editing team! – made yesterday a pretty amazing day.
And then, this morning… it got better.
This will take a few days to sink in. Meanwhile, I am in awe of Elisa Rolle who single-handedly coordinates an event involving 450-odd books, 170 judges and a raft of different categories while helping raise over $17,000 for LGBTQ charities around the world. Clearly, dedication has a name… and it’s Elisa.
I’ve been reading other writers’ comments on FB and Twitter today, all expressing similar sentiments. Awe at Elisa’s work, delight at having their work read and judged worthy and, most of all, gratitude. And while I’m still sitting here looking a bit pie-eyed at my emails, I can relate. Because none of us would have made it on our own and an event like the Rainbow Awards is as good a time as any to acknowledge that.
I can’t possibly pay back all the people who have encouraged me to get here. What I can do, is pay it forward. At least a little. And specifically to the Albert Kennedy Trust, who helps LGBTQ teenagers who are homeless or living in dangerous situations, and a charity that Jack, Gareth and Aidan would no doubt support: Help for Heroes.
Feel free to join me. And thank you!