Yes I am an unabashed Bruce Springsteen fan. And I love this song. RIP Clarence. But I digress.
So the NV top 21 have been announced. Yep 21. Not 20. And I wasn't on the list - yeah yeah whatever. I had that gut clenching, light headed disappointment hit me and it held on for about half an hour. But instead of entertaining thoughts of hanging up my keyboard all I could think of was positives. Like these:
*Those cheeky monkeys at M&B promise twists to come - and I lurves me a surprise (as long as it doesn't involve amatuer strip tease dancing by drunken boyfriends - seriously guys, please just leave it to the professionals. It's less embarrassing for both of us that way);
*My Hero (umm no that sounds wrong) my Heroine (no that sounds like she's in one of my books) my Idol (ahhh nope too gushy) Ah I know - my Romance Guru! My Romance Guru: Maisey Yates didn't get anywhere in the NV equivalent but she regrouped and entered via the slush pile and now she's an uber famous published author/Romance Guru;
*Christmas is only 71 days away. Now I can hear you asking what does Christmas have to do with me not being on the shortlist. Quick answer: nothing. However I am a HUGE fan of Christmas and my sister and I are planning on a day trip to a massive Christmas shop at the end of November and I am super dooper rooper excited about that and then there's Christmas itself - best and quickest cure for any case of the blues;
*And with Christmas just around the corner that means it's time for my annual top-to-bottom-complete-house-clean-up. I know, I'm sick. But it was something my Gran did and my Mum still does and I'm a sucker for tradition - we clean everything: curtains, walls, ceilings, carpets, windows, behind fridges etc with Christmas songs playing full bore (my neighbours must hate me). Anyway that starts on Monday;
*And finally there's my story. I really like my Hero and heroine (actually I love them) and I want to write their story so I'm going to give myself one day off and I'm holding a Prep Party as opposed to a Pity Party. Prep as in prepartory - getting ready for writing the rest of the story. So a few cocktails, lots of chocolate and a bit of Bruce and I'm set for a doozy of a shindig.
Then it will be back to the ms.
And the next one. And the one after that. Oh and that other one. And ......get the idea? I ain't going nowhere, baby.
No retreat and baby, no surrender!