News that the M&B editors sat up late arguing over the last 20 entries has cheered me up immensely - I may not have been (actually I almost definitely wasn't)one of the final 20 but with no evidence to the contrary I can still have hope.
One of the nicest and most unexpected aspects of the New Voices comp were the other entrants - they may have been my competition but their insight and support has been really valuable and our Facebook Group (71 members and counting) was a great place to hang out on Monday. We all knew exactly how the other members felt and words of comfort, wisdom and humour were typed furiously onto walls and message boards plus heartfelt congratulations to the one of us that did make it!
Whatever I hoped to get out of this experience it certainly wasn't new friends. There is talk of a joint novel each of us taking a chapter and online crit groups. I am even meeting one member tonight to set up a real, live writing group. We'll be recognising each other by the M&B historicals discreetly tucked under our arms! Others are near enough to join us when we get set up and going and we'd like an online arm too. New Voices may be over for us at least, bu our writing dreams are still very much alive.