I've said this many a time before, but I've been really lucky.
For one, have you met my husband? Egad, I'm not sure how I ever earned the windfall that is my fella, but just waking up with my husband is enough to remind me every morning that I live one heck of a charmed life.
Lately, I've also had some pretty freaking stellar luck in the form of the word "finalist."
First, I made it as a finalist for the Saints and Sinners Short Fiction contest with my wee tale "Hometown Boy." I didn't win, but the real win was in supporting the festival in the first place, and being a finalist was more like the cherry on top. (If you missed it, Sally Bellerose won, and Felice Picano and John Morgan Wilson were the runners up.) I'll be heading down to New Orleans in two months for the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival itself, and will absolutely be picking up the anthology - the one from last year was fantastic.
Second, BLOOD SACRAMENTS is a finalist in the 2010 Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Awards. The suprise - and major honor - here is that the anthology is nominated in the Fiction - Horror category. Generally speaking, erotica isn't often nominated for anything other than erotica categories; that the anthology stood up to a different measure speaks volumes to the strength of its editor, Todd Gregory, who really managed to deliver a collection of fresh vampire stories.
Third, this morning the finalists in the Lambda Literary Awards were listed, and TENTED is up for the Gay Erotica category. When Jerry Wheeler first contacted me about the circus themed anthology, I remember having to really stop and wonder - I'm so glad I got the opportunity to work with him, as he put together such a great range of stories that still held the theme. The Lambda Literary Awards saw a major surge this year in entrants - and I'm also rather stoked to see that there were enough works in the Transgendered category that it got split into Fiction and Nonfiction this year.
I'm incredibly excited about all of this, and also consider it fabulous that I know quite a few of the finalists in many of the categories in the various awards lists this year - I wish everyone luck.