Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic (that's not really a stretch for me). Although I'm sad I didn't final in the Golden Heart, I know the competition was pretty darn stiff, so I can't be too upset. It was my first time entering, and I'm hoping to get some useful feedback on my manuscript, so its not a loss.
And on the plus side, I am very excited about an older ms I've dusted off and taken in a new direction. It's one I've always felt passionate about, so I made some revisions (okay, a LOT of revisions) and sent a partial in to Harlequin's new Heartwarming line. I think it would be a perfect fit for that line. And while I'm waitng on that submission, I have a few contests I plan to enter with this story. So all is not lost. In fact, I kind of feel like the best is yet to come.