Here I am accepting my WILLA finalist award from Jacque Boyd at the Women Writing the West Conference in San Antonio, Texas . . . and then I proceed to accept the award. It was a magic moment in which I felt transported to another time and place. This could not possibly be me up in front of all these talented women. A good friend helped me with an acceptance speech because I had absolutely no idea what to say. Her suggestion of a quote from Ayn Rand was inspired. I shall never forget either this day or the outpouring of sincere congratulations from all the writers in this group and those “back home.”

Hubby took these photos against an impossible photo op of brightly lit windows.

Here’s the quote:

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. ~Ayn Rand, Russian-born American Author.

About veldabrotherton

For thirty years I've been a writer. Publication of my work began in 1994 . I'm pleased to have recently settled with Oghma Creative Media as my publisher. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. I recently signed a contract to write westerns again, and what fun it's been working on the first one. If I weren't writing my life wouldn't be so exciting.
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  1. Lynn Carney says:

    Velda, my friend, looking good! I’m so happy to see these photos since I wasn’t able to be there in person. You truly earned this wonderful award. Enjoy!Thanks for the mention of my site. 🙂 I love this blog too.Lynn

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