At the time I was completely shocked. I didn't even know this list existed as it doesn't show up on your page unless you break that 100 mark. I should have known it wasn't that big of a deal when I immediately emailed my publisher and she didn't respond, but at the time I was elated, almost giddy with the news. Imagine, little old me (and I don't use the term 'old' lightly), Stevie MacFarlane, plugging away in my bathroom/office on a dead end road in the middle of nowhere, making a list like that.
Digesting this new information took a while. As always, I tried to put it in perspective and the only thing I could relate it to was being voted Prom Queen. Was I ever Prom Queen in real life? No way. I had a few good friends, but popular, I was not. The most important dance I went to was in Jr. High and the dress I wore was one my sister made in Home Economics. It was beautiful though and she let me wear it before she did. I even went and had my hair done at a fancy salon, but that was the highlight of my school years.
So making this list was a thrill for me. I was popular! I felt like Sally Field when she gave her famous "You like me, you really like me" speech.
I know it's fleeting, and like all Prom Queens I will be replaced, in fact I already have been, but I made up my mind to enjoy it while it lasted. So here's to Prom Queens and authors, who have a brief shining moment. Think of Camelot, and...