Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Queen Librarian Of The Universe

So I was sitting in my office on Tuesday morning, minding my own business, when the phone rings.  I was expecting a call from My Man, so the fact the call didn't come from "in house" here at The Day Job didn't surprise me all that much.  Turns out it was Dorien Kelly, President of Romance Writers of America calling me.

People, the unthinkable has happened.  RWA has run out of librarians.  It's the only explanation I have for the fact that I am, Lordy it's so inconceiveable really.....


I know.  Give yourself a minute to process that.

Heaven knows I still am and this is after a couple of shots of whiskey.

For those of you who have "known" me a long time, rest assured this honor won't change me.  When Ms. Kelly gave me the news over the phone the first words out of my mouth were "Shut Up!"  Good news has a tendency to turn me into a 13-year-old girl.  We can only hope my acceptance speech at the Awards Luncheon at RWA this summer in New York City will be half as classy.  Snerk.

I asked Ms. Kelly, but her lips were sealed - so I have no idea who nominated me.  That person has to be an RWA member, but that doesn't exactly narrow down the playing field for me.  It disqualifies about 98% of the bloggers I know, but that leaves a whole host of local chapters I've had contact with over the years, and several individual authors.  So who the heck knows?  If you're reading this, and it was you - know that I'm deeply honored and...well...words fail.  Humbled seems to be the right word.  We'll go with that for now.

83 comments:

Phyllis said...

I just saw Tessa Dare post this.

Congratulations!

Portia Da Costa said...

Congratulations, mate! So well deserved. I feel a glow of special happiness because I have actually met you. :)

Hott Books - Gina said...

Congrats & thanks for making me smile!!

avoriana said...

Shimmy into your royal robes, don the tiara, lift high the scepter!

Meghan said...

Congrats! You both earned it and deserve it.

Mollie said...

Congrats! That is so awesome! You're my librarian hero(ine)! ;)

HelenKay Dimon said...

Fabulous news and a much deserved honor. Congratualtions!!!

Phyl said...

An honor that is richly deserved, Wendy! Enjoy. You earned it.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations and well deserved!!

Barbara said...

Big Congratulations, Wendy!! LOL, I could so picture you saying, "Shut up!" ;)

A Library Girl said...

The only thing that surprises me is that you haven't already been RWA's librarian of the year before. Congratulations!

Julia Broadbooks said...

Hooray!! So excited for you. Congrats.

Heather Snow said...

Fantastic news! Congratulations. Now, let your 13 y/o self go wild :)

KB/KT Grant said...

Well deserved! Can't wait to hear your speech.

Amber (aka BBB) said...

I was a little surprised you hadn't already received this honor. Can't think of anyone more perfect for the award. Congratulations! (And love that little Minion on the post.)

shayera said...

Many many mega totally awesome congratulations! So very very well deserved.

Anonymous said...

Janet W saying HOLY CANNOLI ... that is so great. You know I blame you for my book purchases (in a very very good way) more than any other reviewer online. You review it, I buy it: RWA made a great GREAT choice!

michellewillingham said...

I know who it was....*grins*

lakaribane said...

Congratulations!!! Just read Jane@Dear Author's tweet and rushed over to give good wishes.

When you decide to take over the world, one library at a time, can I get a heads up? Around here, they don't really stock romance.

Natasha A. said...

Woohoo!!! Congratulations!! I bow before you, your humble Librarian in training!

Samantha Kane said...

Congratulations! Hip, hip hooray!

Elen Grey said...

Congratulations, Wendy! Truly awesome.

Sarah said...

So happy for you!!!!!!!!! congratulations!

Kati said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer person. Or one whose opinion I respect more. You do good for the genre, Wendy. It's only right that RWA honor you.

I'm so happy for you!

PS - I'd have said, "Shut up!" too! It's probably why we get along so well. 8)

Victoria Janssen said...

You should get a tiara. I want you to wear a tiara. Also, possibly, a cape.

nath said...

Congratulations Wendy!! This is just awesome for you and the RWA :) I personally think it's a great choice and totally for you :) Don't wonder, don't think, just take it graciously :)

Becky said...

Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous!

*Goddess* said...

Come on now, Wendy, don't sell yourself short. You won the award because you deserve it:) YIPPEE & CONGRATS!!

Now sit back and bask in the glow of your success...you might want to apply some sunscreen first:).

Kate R said...

This makes perfect sense and it's only surprising that it hasn't come sooner.
Congratulations!

Rowena said...

Congrats Wendy, this is great news. So cool!

(((((((((Hugs))))))))))

I'm thinking we need a celebratory So Cal Bloggers lunch for this!

Jennifer Estep said...

Congrats! ;-)

Bev(QB) said...

Well, it's about damn time! You've unofficially held that title within the online Romance community for years.

Heartfelt congrats!

lisabea said...

**clink** **clink clink**
That's the sound we'll make at the bar.


Congrats, doll!

Samanthadelayed said...

Congratulations!

Carrie said...

Congratulations! I was pleased last year to find a librarian at one of our county libraries here in NC was Librarian of the year for 2010. Such fun! I hope you have a productive reign. ;-)

Anonymous said...

That's so very cool! I mostly lurk, but just had to say, Congrats!!--RobinC

Laurie Gold said...

Congratulations, Wendy. How exciting!

Karenmc said...

Awww, that's so great, and so well deserved - congratulations, Wendy!!!

Jenny Schwartz said...

Congratulations!!! and what an amazing phone call to receive at work :)

Liza said...

Congrats Wendy!!! You so deserve this honor!

Margaret Moore said...

Congratulations!

Margaret Moore said...

Congratulations and enjoy NY!

azteclady said...

OMFG!!! This is so absolutely awesome news!

Did you hear me screeching with glee just now when I read the news? :grin: Go you, SuperWendy!





If I wasn't so sad already I'm missing RWA this year, this news would be the coup de grace.

Janicu said...

Congratulations. :)

Holly said...

Congrats Wendy! Couldn't have happened to a better librarian.

Kristie (J) said...

Wendy, Wendy, Wendy!!!! I TOLD you that you should be. WAY TO GO WENDY!!
Now I'm going back to read the rest of your post. I was so excited when I saw they picked you. I'm just gonna have to get your autograph girl!

Kelly in Hockeytown said...

Congratulations to a fellow Michiganian. :) (for the record, I hate the word Michigander, sounds like a Michigan goose)

Carrie Lofty said...

Wendy, I am SO happy for you! That's marvelous news! Congratulations, srsly. *squee*

catie james said...

Congratulations Wendy - WOOT!! WOOT!!!

Jo said...

Conrats! That is an awesome honor and well deserved.

Lil Sis said...

Wow - my sees-tor is famous - again. :) Congrats! You of course are always the Queen Librarian to me, and also to Lemon Drop. :)

Keira of LoveRomancePassion said...

Way to go Wendy!

alice s said...

Congratulation and so well deserved! You have changed my outlook on librarians especially since I used to think that most librarians don't think too highly of the romance novels I checked out regularly. I love your blog and always read your reviews.

Leslie said...

Well it's about time you were crowned. :)

Big congrats - you totally deserve this!

Marg said...

Congratulations! Well deserved!

Rosario said...

Congratulations, Wendy! I'm so happy for you, you definitely deserve it!

Kaetrin said...

Congratulations Wendy - well deserved! :)

ms bookjunkie said...

Congrats!

Kris Alice said...

Congratulations! I'm not surprised :) Looking forward to your speech.

PJ said...

You're going to rock that acceptance speech in NYC this summer and I'm so glad I'll be there to see it.

Huge congratulations, Wendy!

Jennifer B. said...

Congratulations Wendy!!!!!!!

SarahT said...

Congratulations, Wendy! Even more reason to celebrate at this year's RWA conference.

JaneA said...

Congratulations Wendy! This is so well deserved.

Kim in Hawaii said...

Aloha, Wendy! I offer you a Hawaiian proverb on this special occasion:

Kulia i ka nu'u

Strive for the summit.

Congratulations - you've made it!

Lynette said...

Wow. So excited for you. Now, I'm definitely going to have to try and make it to NY this year, just to see you.

Manda Collins said...

Congratulations, Wendy! Well deserved!

Alie said...

Totally deserved! Congrats :)

Daz said...

Major congratulations. I'm sure it is well deserved.

little alys said...

Congratulations!!! This is the best news every! You totally deserve it~~~~

lustyreader said...

yayyyy!!!!!!

!!!!

oh and a few more!!!!!!

so very very happy for you, Wendy. i will definitely be at RWA this summer, and if i get to go out with you again like in DC-rest assured i will try to buy you a drink in congratulations!

AnimeJune said...

Whoo hoo!

Happy dances in New York, bitches!

Tabitha said...

Whoa, that is so awesome. Much congratulations there!

Giynlith said...

Congratulations! Can I be you when I grow up? :P

senetra said...

Congratulations!

Lori said...

The coolest thing evah. Congrats! So deserved. You are the best advocate for romance books in the libraries!

joykenn said...

SQUEEE! Will you still speak to the rest of us lowly librarian/fans, Your Majesty? Thrilled to hear the news and much deserved honors.

Tracy said...

OMG that is so totally awesome, Wendy! And greatly deserved!

Congratulations!

Wendy said...

I want to thank all of you for stopping by and offering your congratulations, well-wishes and general merriment over the news. I'm still in a bit of a shock over it - cuz that's my way :)

Anthea Lawson said...

Woohoo Wendy! Just saw the news - it couldn't happen to a better person. Congrats!

Marie Thérèse said...

Chiming in late, but I have to post my congratulations. You so deserve this, Wendy! I'll lift a cocktail in your honour later tonight.

Alyssa said...

Awesome! Congrats, Wendy. :)

sula said...

Woah, this is worth coming out of semi-bloggy-retirement to celebrate. Congratulations!!! Couldn't happen to a more deserving super librarian. :)

Leesa said...

Congratulations from one librarian to another! What an honor!!!

Leesa