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The Marann won the 2013 Prism award, Futuristic category! This is given by the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter of the Romance Writers of America (one of its largest chapters).

I was stunned. They gave me a mic, and I don’t even know what I said. I think I said ‘thank you.’ I hope I did! Because — I can’t believe it. When they called the third place finish, and it wasn’t me, I could only think, “I didn’t come in last!” and I expected to hear my name next. But it was not me, and I’m afraid my higher faculties shut down at that point and I made the same noise I make when I think another car is about to hit our vehicle. I think I said, “Oh my God!”

It’s all a blur, really.

The past 9 months are a fairy tale, from uploading The Marann to Amazon, to seeing it hit #2 in Space Opera and top 500 in the Kindle store, to landing a book contract, to winning an award.

Don’t pinch me. I don’t want the dream to end!

A Hard Day’s Edit

I am buried in Marann edits. It’s left me with little energy for anything else, including this blog. For this, I apologize. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you can see daily progress updates. I really am here!

I’m one of those authors who truly enjoys editing my own work, so it’s not a bad thing that these edits have taken up so much of my energy. It’s actually fun.

When I’m not editing a chapter, I’m reading or, possibly, tinkering with a jigsaw puzzle while I think. It’s always useful to occupy my hands and part of my attention while my subconscious works out a thorny writing or editing problem, or if I just need to rest the creative bits of my brain. Watching a movie can help sometimes too. The hubby and I just watched John Carter, for instance, and while I was watching it, all my issues with the current chapter sorted themselves out. Yay!

Tomorrow, rather than go on to the next chapter, I will give the current one another going over and make sure I’m happy with it.

And so it continues.