The Wild GH Ride Has Begun

Just over two weeks since getting that exciting Golden Heart® call and life is already hectic and somewhat surreal. I’d heard finalist say this ride is exciting, but had no idea that excitement would start immediately. There is no ramp up to being a GH finalist. No adjustment period to let the mind-boggling reality set in and get a grip on what’s about to happen. It’s grab the bar and hold tight because this ride is leaving the station.
No 3, 2, 1. No Ready, Set… It’s all GO GO GO from the moment the phone rings.
Most of that GO GO GO is happening online for now. All finalists (who are willing) join a Yahoo! group and from what I hear, we have one of the chattiest groups around. Not that I’m complaining. I’m loving it. (Though I’m fortunate to be online while I’m at work. If not I’d never keep up.)
My fellow finalists are amazing, strong, smart, talented (obviously) and funny as all get out. I adore these women and cannot wait to meet them in person.
And then there are the agents. Another thing I’d heard was that putting “Golden Heart® Finalist” in your query would get you noticed. This, my friends, is an understatement. I had my first request three hours after sending off my queries. Dudes, that’s QUICK. (Received a very nice rejection a few days later, but I’m still happy to have the attention.)
I’ve received two other requests as well, but I’m not obsessing over them. Nope. Not me. I’m not refreshing my email every fifteen seconds or freaking every time my cell phone rings and it’s a number I don’t recognize.
Nope. Cool as a cucumber. Sitting at the top of an active volcano.

7 thoughts on “The Wild GH Ride Has Begun”

  1. Sabrina Shields says:

    It sounds like you’re having fun with this Terri! Enjoy every second of it!

  2. TerriOsburn says:

    I am, Sabrina. Though I’m positive I’m going to a crazy person by the end of July.

  3. irisheyes says:

    This is so exciting! It’s nice of you to let us live vicariously through you! We get all the fun and none and of the stress 🙂

  4. TerriOsburn says:

    Happy to handle all the stress in this case, Irish. I’ll keep you updated. Things are finally leveling out. This is the part where I sit back and wait. And scrimp and save!

  5. Maureen says:

    I bragged about my friend, the GH finalist, to everyone at RT! 😉

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Terri,

    You probably don’t remember me, but I met you at RWA in DC a few years ago. We made a connection because I live in Chesapeake and you’re in Virginia Beach. Anyway, I remembered your name when I saw it on the GH finalist list. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! It is inspiring to see your hard work pay off! I’m rooting for you.
    Jessica Ruddick

  7. TerriOsburn says:

    Hello, Jessica! I’ll be honest, the name sounds familiar but I can’t put a face to it. Though I’m lucky I can remember my own name most days so don’t take that as an insult.

    Thank you for finding me and thanks for the congrats. This really is a crazy ride. It’s cliche but it’s true. I’m living proof that this can be done. Because if I can do it, anyone can do it.

    Thanks for the support! You need to email me so we can get together since you’re right here.

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