My overarching thought about not getting "The Call" was -- after all the stress was over -- "This will make RWA National a lot easier."
Now, I'm not denying I was disappointed, but I wasn't crushed, and I could see the balance in the situation. I'd like to think if I had finaled, I'd have ignored the hassle and concentrated on the advantages of being a Golden Heart® finalist.
What makes all this good, for me, is that I haven't always been able to see the balances in life. Which brings me to the better news.
I didn't feel rejected and I didn't feel as though my manuscript had been rejected. Don't ask me where that degree of sangfroid comes from because the last time I looked I didn't have it.
But oh boy am I glad I have it now.
Or as the photographer puts it, "sounds like a cocktail with too much sugar in it."