I'm one of the shortlisted authors for the Costa Short Story Award!
For those of you not up to date with the short story scene, and/or not based in the UK, this is a big deal.
It's a competition, linked in with the Costa Book Awards, for UK only writers. Judging - and subsequent voting by the general public - is completely anonymous, which obviously keeps the judging solely about the stories not the authors.
I've done a proper, author-sounding announcement on my web site, so right now I'm just going to...
Right, that's done... although I don't think it fully reflects the excitement and nervousness I'm feeling. In fact, I don't think I have the words at all... which is a little bit worrying for a writer, I know.
Next week, I'll be going to the Costa Book Awards to find out if I've won, and also to see the winner of their Book of the Year announced. I've got my dress ready, and all I need to do is practise walking in my new shoes, and stop panicking... Easier said than done, on both counts.
There will be updates. And photos... Lots and lots of photos!
Until then, please cross your fingers and think positive thoughts for me.