I’m on the HM list that was just posted tonight. I won’t pretend I’m not disappointed. I thought my story really had a chance, given the feedback I’ve gotten on it. It stings to just get another HM. And yes, I know that this is better than a straight rejection, but at this point I’ve been pretty much spoiled by the fact that a form letter is actually a fairly rare occurrence for me. I’m at over 2-1 on personal vs form. I’m aiming for the stars here, not for “almost”.
Oh well. Keep writing, keep sending out, keep hoping I win before I’m disqualified (it only takes one novel sale, and as much as I’d love to have that sale, winning WotF seems to be a huge advantage/door opener).
Going to finish my novella this week for second quarter and send it in. Then finish edits on novel. Then, I’m going to write some erotica novellas I think. I need to give my brain something new to do and I have some markets in mind for that sort of writing. Besides, I’ve always been curious if I could actually write a coherent erotica/romance story. Time to find out, and hopefully they’ll sell, cause this whole poor artist thing pretty much sucks.
I’m starting to get super nervous about the workshops in Feb. I keep looking at my novel and thinking it is going to be the worst one there. Sigh. The short story workshop also makes me nervous. What if I’m the only one whose story doesn’t get chosen for an anthology? Or what if after reading my sample (of the story or the novel…) I get told that I’m not right for the workshop and should work on things and come back another time?
Bleh. I’ve just had a pretty awful week so far. Clearly I need to just stick the whining, insecure bits of my brain in a ditch and get back to work.
And Congrats to Oso for being a finalist. I might be biased (having read his story), but damnit, he better win 😉