One of the few things I've ever won was a bottle of sherry from a jumble sale bottle stall. I was about nine. "You won't be needing that," said my uncle, who promptly relieved me of it.
He said he'd pay me ten shillings for it (this was in about 1960), but I don't think he ever did.
But I do believe he put a hex on me, ensuring I never won anything else again.
But today I heard that my first published children's book MEETING MISS 405 has been nominated in the chapter books/novels category of the 2009-2010 Chocolate Lily Awards. I'm thrilled to bits by the nomination alone.
My book's in great company - the complete list of nominees will be posted on the website any day. http://www.chocolatelilyawards.com/.
Winning is not the issue here (although if they happened to be giving our chocolate lilies I'd want to be first in line!). I'm just thrilled to be included with a line up of fine BC writers and illustrators whose work will be carefully considered by BC elementary school children as they cast their votes for their favourites.