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Me in a nustshell

December 31, 2009

Finished!  My WotF Q1 (Writers of the Future – first quarter, for those who don’t speak the lingo) story is finished!

Well, that may be a bit strong.  Try again.

Ready!  My WotF Q1 story is ready!  Well, almost ready.  I went to print the thing and my printer was out of paper.  So I went to the paper stash and realized that the stack of paper there and the length of my manuscript were going to be very close.  I grabbed the stack anyway, then realized one of the corners was bent up.  Yes, the whole stack had bent corners.  Now it was nothing that couldn’t be dismissed as postal damage, especially if I banged up that corner of the envelope before sending it.  (Devious, aren’t I?)  But I couldn’t risk the paper jamming my printer.

So where does this leave me?  Hopefully picking up some printer paper in the morning and squeezing out a manuscript in time to hit the post office.  But the weather here is questionable at best, icy at worst, and ever since I totaled my truck in a sudden snowfall I’ve been a cowardly weather driver.  If the roads are icy in the morning, I won’t be leaving the house.  (Tennessee doesn’t clear roads very quickly.)  Push comes to shove, I could email the story to a friend that has both better weather and available paper and ask them to print and send it for me.  I bet my parents could do that.

Anyway, it hardly seems worth the effort when I look at the story.  Very experimental, formatting marks galore, creative  accents, and an ending that veers away from the action in favor of summation.  (If KD can figure out which story it is from this, well, disqualify me.)  It’s inventive, clever, and experimental, so it’s definitely not garbage, but I’m doubting it’ll score above HM.  It reminds me of my Q3 story, “Secondhand Rush”, only moreso.  On the upside, I won’t be pacing in front of my computer waiting for these results.

Thanks for taking a couple minutes to share my angst.  Night all.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 31, 2009 6:12 pm

    I hope you made it! I’m biting my nails here for you 🙂

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