I've been feeling really out of sorts. Good news is welcome. So, some good news...
Here are the winners in the SF/F category for the 2007 Genesis Contest of the ACFW:
1st place: Sally A. Apokedak, The Kisses of an Enemy
2nd place: Chris Mikesell, Revival
3rd place: Rebecca Grabill, Out of Darkness
I have to admit, I thought Chris would take it. A lone male voice among a sea of lovely ladies, and what with his particular brand of humor, etc. I figured it'd give him the edge, make him stand out. (Okay, so Chris naturally stands out. He won the DKA fiction contest both years it ran.)
Still, I think Chris will forgive me if I admit I'm DELIGHTED that my pal Sally won. Sally has worked so so so so hard, and she's had a year of great difficulty. I hope this result is not just a balm to the pain, but the first step to a career of many publications. Sally, I'm so happy for you! I remember emailing you after readin the first few chapters and saying, "I think this one is going to do it for you." And hey, lookee! First place! (Also, she ranked in the Young Adult category. Way to go!)
I hope in the very near future that you'll be holding in your wee hands your first published novel. I send you cybersmoochies.
Hey, it couldn't go wrong, really, not for me as an observer. All the finalists are people I like or, okay, love. So, no matter who won, I was going to get my portion of joy. But Sally's win just feels so right today, so uplifting. And I want to celebrate, bloggy style.
Hugs to Chris, Rebecca, Shannon, and Valerie. Long may you create.