Exciting Book News and a Big Leap in the Right Direction

InExciting Book News and a Step in the Right Direction one of my first classes at Wanderlust Yoga Festival, the meditation instructor told us to ask the universe the ultimate question. “Who am I?”

I asked, “Should I be a writer?” I mean, I spend a majority of my time writing blog posts, screenplays and books. My first book took years. What if I’m supposed to be doing something else with my life? Kind of a frightening thought, right?

After our last class and an amazing experience over four days in Whistler, BC, I met my daughter, Courtney, at a restaurant. While we chatted over lunch, my phone buzzed. It was noisy and I couldn’t hear the caller. The number was similar to my oncologist’s and I thought someone was calling from the RMCC. Rocky Mountain Cancer Center. I’m three years out and had scheduled a six month checkup for a few days from then. Anything related to cancer makes my heart stop.

“This is Pamela Nowak from RMFW. Your manuscript, THE FOREBODING, has been selected as a finalist in the Colorado Gold Contest.

OH! Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers!!

“Wow. I can’t believe it! Thank you so much!” She gave me the details, we hung up, and I told Courtney.

Shocked and excited, I had to go outside to DANCE!

Exciting Book News and Big Leap in the Right Direction.

Courtney took this shot through the restaurant’s window.

The universe heard me loud and clear. I’m on the right track. This is my debut novel and the result of a huge learning curve. I think of it as my thesis from five years of intensive study through all kinds of classes, including the school of pervasive and incessant rapping on my pointed head.

This coming Saturday night, September 10th, six of us will stand up in the front of the room and the winners will be announced for best action/thriller. Sure I’m nervous, but honestly, I already feel like a winner. Haven’t you heard that overused line a million times on awards shows? It’s the truth. No matter what place it gets, I’ve already won.

THE FOREBODING is a finalist! How cool is that?

6th place or 1st, my husband, Danny, will be there to record another happy dance.

How do you react to good news? Do you think you’re on the right path?

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    1. Thanks so much, Widderwoman! It was crazy timing, for sure. Yep. We all have our moments. I’m glad to hear you’re meandering your way toward your goal. Baby steps count too! 🙂


  1. HOLY CRAP!! I am so happy for you!!! It’s great to hear when a fellow writer gets a yes, some good news out there in the writing hemisphere. I’m so glad the universe answered your question. Sending you good vibes and hoping to see some more Wild Rider victory dancing after Saturday. Can’t wait to hear all about it. 🙂 Buen Camino Susie!


    1. Thanks so much, Guat! Being a finalist is pretty dang cool. I’m a little nervous for Saturday night, but I’ll do a little dance no matter what. Yes. I will be that spectacle. Ha! Thanks so much for the vibes. I will take all I can carry along with me that night. 🙂 I’ll let everyone know how it goes…


  2. Wow!
    6th is ALREADY big news.That’s amazing,what validation.
    The universe is only giving you back what you deserve.
    LOVE the happy dancing picture. Gratitude is the best.


  3. Runs towards Susie to high fiver in great excitement’ but I trip, falling towards her and my intended high five instead slaps her in the forehead, knocking the poor woman over backward off of high her deck / Beer garden’ and right over into her flowers. I leap up in shock’ and step back in total disbelief, and wide eyed I mime Oh Gwad! I’ – am’ – so’ – sorry! Turns and runs like hell.

    – ‘So perhaps a heart meant congratulations would be better.’ Awesome Job Susie’ Yahoo!


  4. Congratulations on being a finalist, that is amazing! I love the way you celebrate all the moments in your life. How awesome that your kids get to see you live life this way. I’m so excited for you Susie! I love the way you live so openly, sharing your journey with us. ❤


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