As of last night (roughly 8:40 PM), I officially entered the Writers of the Future contest for the first time. :D
I read* the entire story—35 pages, I think—out loud to myself last night to catch any discrepancies (I found more than I thought I would). Took me almost two hours! But it’s done, and it’s in, and I am going to forget about it until I get my nicely worded rejection in the mail. :D I do have enough confidence in that story to get pass the first round, which is basically a screener weeding out all the terrible, grammar-murder, can’tcompleteasentenceorvampireladen entries that shall never cross the judge’s table, so Mr. Torgenson told me.** I know how to use a semicolon, so I think I can get that far, at least.
Meanwhile I’m working on Weirs and attempting to plant a seed of plot in chapter 4 so the rest of the story has more guidance than it currently possesses. I’ve cut half of the original chapter already—lame “learn how to fight!” scenes that never actually amount to anything and “Let’s learn about this magic system through lots of dialogue” crap that I took care of much more subtly in chapters 1 and 2.
Shafted Legend by David Gemmel to read Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier. It’s really good so far. (It’s so surprising to me that her Sevenwaters books are so amazing when her Heart’s Blood novel sucked royally.)
*I just realized I didn’t update the word count after my last edit and am slightly mortified. Maybe they won’t notice….
**Brad Torgenson is the WotF winner I talked to at LTUE who was super friendly and helpful when I approached him. You can read his blog here.