Sunday, June 01, 2008

when a bad weekend becomes a good weekend

saturday my car broke down along the highway. called my insurance company for a tow truck, then walked to the most desolate and sad place on earth -- a petting zoo. i was dehydrated after being car baked. found a pop machine with water. it took my money, but didn't give me any water. didn't refund my money either. push button push button push button. at this point i figure i must be in a bad movie. i went inside the zoo and got in the restroom line with a pack of kids who smelled like monkeys. inside the gift shop, i asked if anybody wanted my groceries. nobody seemed interested. :D the tow truck arrived about an hour later. i rode shotgun for thirty miles and got to hear about all the fatalities the driver had scooped up so far this year. (this was really very interesting) the repair shop was closed, so we dumped the car in the parking lot.

But Sunday? Sunday was a great day.

Got a phone call from the RWA Kiss of Death chapter informing me that Garden of Darkness has been selected as a finalist in the 2008 Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, paranormal division.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the RWA National Conference in San Francisco. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 31, 2008, beginning at 9 p.m.

I will be in Minneapolis at the Diversicon conference, and will be doing a reading and discussion at Dreamhaven Books about the time the ceremony begins.

Dreamhaven Books
But you can bet I'll be thinking about what's going on in San Francisco, and I'll be checking my computer when I get back to my room at Diversicon!


Kelly Parra said...

Ugh, what a weekend!

Woo-hoo for the Daphne nod! I wish I would have bought a ticket to the ceremony! damn! I don't even know if I'm a member anymore, I sent in dues late and no one told me anything. haha.

Bill Cameron said...

Glad to see it turned around, and in such a great way. I wish I could be there to root you on. I will just have to do so from further up the coast!

Heather Harper said...

Sorry about the car woes. But woohoo for the nomination! I hope you win. I absolutely love PI and GOD. I'll be rooting for you in spirit. (Can't go when the dates fall on my oldest's birthday.)

Jeff said...

You need a tractor!
Congratulations on Garden of Darkness being selected as a finalist. I hope you win!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the nomination!! What a great thing to keep GOD rolling.

As for the tow truck stories, I hope to see some of those images in your future work. In fact, maybe that's a good title for an anthology. Tow Truck Stories.

anne frasier said...

Kelly, i still haven't seen a list finalists. so strange! if you were going to the ceremony, and if i actually won, you could pick up my award. i remember when i won the RITA my friend Anne McAllister accepted for me and she almost had to fight an editor for it. :D

Bill, guys are always big hits at RWA conferences. just sayin'...

heather, thank you!!

jeff, i think i need a scooter!

jason, i love the idea of a tow truck anthology! really!!

angie said...

Congrats on the nom! Super duper coolio!

Sorry for the car suckage, but at least you weren't bored...