19 April 2007

What a roller-coaster week . . .

I do have some writing-related news to share, but first I want to express my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the families and friends of the slain, the students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech, and everyone else who has been affected by this tragic event. My farm lies only about 50 miles from the university, and my son Jon went to high school with the gunman -- though Jon was a year behind Cho and didn't know him. Fortunately, Jon attends college elsewhere in Virginia, but some of his friends have been affected, including HS football teammates Sean Glennon and Eddie Royal, who are two of VT's starting offensive players. In keeping with the sentiment of a drawing that has been doubtless circling the globe this week, "Today we are all Hokies."

My writing-related news is that LIBERTY has finaled in another contest, the Write Touch Readers Award, sponsored by the Wisconsin Romance Writers! That telephone call came this evening, obviously sending my emotional roller-coaster to a much-needed high point. In this contest I entered LIBERTY in the Romantic Elements category, so apparently my intuition was right on target. :)

~Kim "Kimberly Iverson" Headlee