Of course, I will probably be unsuccessful. After all, it is completely bone fide and made up of some wonderful writers that I am sure it will be over-subscribed. But at least I made an effort. And I can apply again. However, at present, it has at least given me a boost to keep going with my WIP which has been languishing in the doldrums over the past few weeks because Jon is to undergo major heart surgery in two weeks time and my writing has paled in importance.
What I do know is that - in times past - I would have happily volunteered as a mentor but those days have passed due to my health problems. So I am even more in awe of those women writers who have volunteered to give their precious time free and willingly. Aren't women writers wonderful people! I've never met more than a few who are not encouraging, inspiring and willing to pass on their expertise with a smile and a shoulder to cry on when needed.
Sorry men. It's a female only initiative for now. But there's nothing to stop anyone of any gender or persuasion from setting up something similar. No wonder I suddenly feel the world is a better place and I am so happy to be a woman.